Bullet In The Head Lyrics - Rage Against The Machine

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This time the bullet cold rocked you
A yellow ribbon instead of a swastika
Nothin' profitable about your propaganda
Fools follow rules when the set commands you
Said it was blue
When the blood was red
That's how you got a bullet blasted through your head

Blasted through your head
Blasted through your head

I give a shout out to the living dead
Who stood and watched as the feds cold centralized
So serene on the screen
You was mesmerised
Cellular phones soundin' a death tone
Corporations cold
Turn you to stone before you realise
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They load the clip in omnicolour
Said they pack the 9, they fire at their prime time
Sleeping gas, every home was like Alcatraz
And motherfuckers lost their minds

Just victims of the in-house drive-by
They say jump, you say how high
Just victims of the in-house drive-by
They say jump, you say how high

Run it!

Just victims of the in-house drive-by
They say jump, you say how high
Just victims of the in-house drive-by
They say jump, you say how high

Checka, checka, check it out
They load the clip in omnicolour
Said they pack the 9, they fire it at prime time
Sleeping gas, every home was like Alcatraz
And motherfuckers lost their minds

No escape from the mass mind rape
Play it again jack and then rewind the tape
And then play it again and again and again
Until your mind is locked in
Believin' all the lies that they're tellin' you
Buyin' all the products that they're sellin' you
They say jump and you say how high
You're brain-dead
You've gotta fuckin' bullet in your head

Just victims of the in-house drive-by
They say jump, you say how high
Just victims of the in-house drive-by
They say jump, you say how high

Uggh! Yeah! Yea!

(You're) Standin' in line
Believin' the lies
(You're) bowin' down to the flag
You got a bullet in your head

(You're) Standin' in line
Believin' the lies
(You're) Bowin' down to the flag
You got a bullet in your head

A bullet in your head
A bullet in your head
A bullet in your head
A bullet in your head
A bullet in your head
A bullet in your head
A bullet in your head
A bullet in your head
A bullet in your head!
A bullet in your head!
A bullet in your head!
A bullet in your head!
A bullet in your head!
A bullet in your head!
A bullet in your head!
You've gotta bullet in ya fuckin' head!

Yeah!

Yeah!






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Support our canon fodder | Reviewer: Footnote | 8/2/13

"A yellow ribbon instead of a swastika"
It's not about Nazis.
It's about comparing the US military (the population) to the Nazis.
Yellow ribbon = support our troops.
A brainwashing technique to quash all descent.
Don't talk negatively about our terror-wars, "think of the troops" (instead of think of the children which is another typical line to suppress freedoms).

Fascism has been woven into the fabric of US history.
Ever heard of the McCormack-Dickstein Committee?

Educate yourself.

Yes we're really REALLY brainwashed, and the TV is the perfect tool / bullet for your head | Reviewer: FreeYourMindAndYourAssWillFollow<-googlethis | 6/8/13

This is about mind control being like a bullet in the head, and the lies told are often a complete inversion of the truth (like Orwell's Doublethink and Newspeak). 'Said it was Blue (Democrats, Royalty, and in other countries the conservative political parties are represented using this colour) but the blood was Red' (Red being communist/marxist/socialist - or in the weird USA, Republican, ~conservative), not sure what that's talking about, perhaps responsibility for who committed certain acts of violence (Reichstag Fire, any other false-flag operations blamed on communists or other scapegoats).
It's also comparing gangs in LA (Crips/'Blue' and Bloods/'Red', 'when the set commands ya') to the 'gangs' running politics, and running the world. It's saying there's no difference between blindly following the street orders of a 'set' (gang) with all the brutality and ignorance that goes on there, and following the orders from your TV!
It's saying the TV/media propaganda isn't 'proper' (i.e. it's indecent). Of course if it's like a bullet in the head, it's not good at all!
This is a pro-freedom-of-thought song, not a pro-communist song or anything more controversial like that.
It's anti-blind-nationalism. It's anti-lying. The song uses the strong metaphor of a bullet and gangs and such as a device to try to connect with the youth of LA and worldwide, I suppose.
It did for me. Even then, it's taken me a couple of decades to realise exactly what they were talking about, since I had to educate myself on the subject, neither school nor the TV did that, obviously! Hence RATM's, er, rage at this state of affairs.
When I hear this song and feel Zack's intelligent, precision anger, I feel like I have a friend who gets it. Then again, I've been listening to this since 1993, so maybe it programmed my thinking, haha! Always question, and anything that doesn't stand-up to reason, discard and work with what's left - if anything.

Update to last post FreeYourMindAndYourAssWillFollow | Reviewer: FunkadelicFan | 6/8/13

Also, it's not about Nazism, so much as ASHKENazism, hence the comparison of a yellow ribbon with a Swastika, perhaps? Except it wasn't a yellow ribbon, but a yellow star of David, so that doesn't add-up!
Can someone explain what a Yellow Ribbon represents to those of us who don't get the reference?
Support for US troops - with the implication that said support is like Nazism, due to US aggressive and neo-colonialist foreign policy? Then the people at home support it via that TV-derived mind-control (similar to Nazi propaganda and mind-control?)
That sounds about right.

My opinion on the meaning | Reviewer: Vael | 4/27/13

In my opinion this song talks about the hollocaust and Nazism.
Juding by the lines: "Yellow Ribbon instead of a swatstika" (Yellow ribbon are the ribbon the nazis putted on every jew.)
"Sleeping gas, every home was like Alcatrez" (Sleeping gas: the gas that they used to kill jewis people.)
"Said it was blue, when the blood was red" (Nazis trying to justify killing of innocent people. Blue blood often points towards royalty.)
"Nothing profitable about your propaganda" (You get nothing from doing those actions)
"Fools follow rules when the set commands you" (Nazis blindly following Hitler's belifes and commands.)
"Play it again jack and then rewind the tape" (The Nazis filmed short movies of a football league in the Ghetto to show that there is only happiness there, which was a total lie, you could see the place where they burned the bodies in the movie.)
"Standing in line, beliving the lies, bowing down to the flag" (Nazi soilders standing in line Hailing to Hitler, beliving his lies and brain was, bowing down to the swatstika.)

Thats my opinion of the song =]

Awesome!!! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/28/10

"I, too, came to this website looking for an opinion or correction to the lyrics above, but all I found was this pretentious post wasting my time complaining about the post below without adding anything of substance to the discussion. Who does this guy think he is?"

You are awesome. Assuming, of course, that this is just a joke. But since it is, you're awesome! :D

In Appreciation | Reviewer: Deborah Fruik | 10/14/10

Thank-you so much for "publishing" this.
Zach really was ahead of his time.
When I sing this song to an audience I'm going to dedicate it to JFK,the President of Poland, and those 2 presidents of those South American countries who...well you know the rest.
Thank-you.

obvious dosn't mean wrong | Reviewer: KORNI | 9/30/10

leave the poor guy alone :S so what if what he said is obvious it is obviously not said enough so don't flame the men who are OBVIOUSLY on your side

i think RATM would rather have us discussing about the meaning of the song than on which words they used

if you gonna flame choose wisely :) and the bunny thing was hilarious xD

Retard | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/21/10

Thanks captain obvious. I also came here looking for lyricaly correct comments, but instead found a retard who likes abbrevamanatin' things. ZDLR....you make me sick anonomyous commenter! I hope YOU get a bullet in yer head, y'all! Here's a bunny!
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dissappointed | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/15/10

I, too, came to this website looking for an opinion or correction to the lyrics above, but all I found was this pretentious post wasting my time complaining about the post below without adding anything of substance to the discussion. Who does this guy think he is?

These are some pretty basic observations | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/8/10

It's pretty obvious that he's talking about all these things. Why is it necessary for you to state the message of the song? Like everyone doesn't know this already. I came to this site to confirm that the lyrics I thought were in the song were actually in it. When I look down here for some corrections or a second opinion, I just found this post about the message behind the song, which is pretty obvious already. I am just so disappointed.

He's not just talking about the government.... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/2/10

Hi guys.

ZDLR is definitely angry at the government, but this song is about complicity between government and private enterprise. When he refers to a "bullet in the head," he's talking about advertising and consumerism as a form of "mind rape."

When he says "in-house drive by" he is referring to commercials - "rewind the tape and then play it again and again and again until your mind is locked in." ZDLR is trying to say that the government and private business are conspiring to control the population through buying and spending - "buying all the products that they're sellin ya." As long as we are pursuing the next iPod, pair of jeans, or bag of meth, we can't organize to overthrow the government.

"They say jump (or "spend") and you say how high (or "how much?"). You're braindead. You got a fuckin bullet in ya head."

Turn off the TV. Wake up. You're the living dead. You're the one with the bullet in your head.

brainwashing??? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/27/08

are we brainwashed? Its a question worth asking...Zach de la rocha seems to think so in this song--and the feeling in my body and mind tells me something similar. think for yourself--question everything...read and think outside the box..feel! Your version of the truth is the only one that can ever matter to you!

the gov pwns you!!!!! | Reviewer: hagman | 9/11/08

this song is about the dream i have every night where where the gov't captures me and then keeps me in a cage. I'm only let out to shower once a month. Inside the cage are several pigs along with a case of whiskey. All in all it's ok because I get pretty drunk. Also I'm on meth right now



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