Fight The Power Lyrics - Public Enemy

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Shocklee - Sadler - Ridenhour

1989 the number another summer (get down)
Sound of the funky drummer
Music hittin' your heart cause I know you got soul
(Brothers and sisters, hey)
Listen if you're missin' y'all
Swingin' while I'm singin'
Givin' whatcha gettin'
Knowin' what I knowin'
While the Black bands sweatin'
And the rhythm rhymes rollin'
Got to give us what we want
Gotta give us what we need
Our freedom of speech is freedom or death
We got to fight the powers that be
(faint voice in the background)Let me hear you say

Fight the power
Fight the power
Fight the power
Fight the power
Fight the power
Fight the power
Fight the power
Wheve got to Fight the powers that be.

As the rhythm designed to bounce
What counts is that the rhymes
Designed to fill your mind
Now that you've realized the prides arrived
We got to pump the stuff to make us tough
from the heart
It's a start, a work of art
To revolutionize make a change nothin's strange
People, people we are the same
No we're not the same
Cause we don't know the game
What we need is awareness, we can't get careless
You say what is this?
My beloved, lets get down to business
Mental self defensive fitness
(Yo) bum rush the show
You gotta go for what you know
Make everybody see, in order to fight the powers that be
(faint voice in background) Lemme hear you say...
Fight the Power



Elvis was a hero to most(3x)
But he never meant, shit to me you see
Straight up racist that sucker was
Simple and plain
Mother fuck him and John Wayne
Cause I'm Black and I'm proud
I'm ready and hyped plus I'm amped
Most of my heroes don't appear on no stamps
Sample a look back you look and find
Nothing but rednecks for 400 years if you check
Don't worry be happy
Was a number one jam
Damn if I say it you can slap me right here
(Get it) lets get this party started right
Right on, c'mon
What we got to say
Power to the people no delay
Make everybody see
In order to fight the powers that be


What we got to say
fight the power,cmon(x3)

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Not such a good song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/2/13

I remember this song and thought it was pretty good and contained deep thought. Well, that is until I actually read it. He has about 3 great lines in the whole song. I didn't realize that this song is so basic. It probably took 20 minutes to write.

the ideal rap act | Reviewer: ben starr | 7/5/09

People can hate PE all they want cuz those who hate don't really get what they are saying. Maybe it's a white thing, but I'm white and I totally get what Chuck and Flav are saying. What it really is is that white America needs to check it's attitude when it comes to race. I understand that African Americans as a group have been and still are at a disadvantage. Hip-hop is an art form created by blacks, and the greatest thing you can do with that art form is address issues of the black community. For this reason, Public Enemy is the ideal rap act in my mind, and they have never layed out their ideals better than on "Fight The Power".

The Symbolism for this Antherm of the Impoverished | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/7/08

This song served as a great instigator of revolution, or in the very least, change in the thought of African Americans. African Americans, and most minorities, continue to be repressed in what we believe to be this great and equal society in America. People needed a battle cry for their cause and this was it. And to the mention that Martin Luther King Jr is already placed in many places, it should also be noted that there are many literary, political , and artistic figures that have been completly ignored and disregaraded for the simple fact that they were of color. Notice that most "American Heroes" are white males...there is a corollation between racial sentiments and adored American figures. THe numbers for those under the poverty lines are also higher amongs minorities than any other race. I want everyone to realize that equality has not yet reached America.

Fight the power | Reviewer: The voice of reason | 8/13/07

You know I always did liked the anti-establishment theme of this song, but I grew up. What for one is Chuck D's proof of Elvis bein a racist, besides taking rock n roll and bringing it in to mainstream white society? On that note whats Falvor Flav's beef with John Wayne? Did he just wnt to shit on an icon of conservitive American value ? Thats going on the foolish assumption that he can think for himself, I'm sure Chuck D told him what to say. By the way Chuck I'm sure that there were plenty of stamps that had featured Dr. Martin Luther King in 1989. Or did you not consider Dr. King a hero since he championed equality and brotherhood as opposed to reverse racisim and contnued racial tensions like you favored at the time and probably stoll do. Was it not Chuck D and Harry Allen who intruduced the masses to that untalented racist cunt Sister Souljah?

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