Testify Lyrics - Rage Against The Machine



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The movie ran through me
The glamour subdued me
The tabloid untied me
I'm empty please fill me
Mister anchor assure me
That Baghdad is burning
Your voice it is so soothing
That cunning mantra of killing
I need you my witness
To dress this up so bloodless
To numb me and purge me now
Of thoughts of blaming you
Yes the car is our wheelchair
My witness your coughing
Oily silence mocks the legless boys
Who travel now in coffins
On the corner
The jury's sleepless
We found your weakness
And it's right outside your door

Now testify
Now testify
It's right outside your door
Now testify
Yes testify
Its right outside your door

With precision you feed me
My witness I'm hungry
Your temple it calms me
So I can carry on
My slaving sweating the skin right off my bones
On a bed of fire I'm choking on the smoke that fills my home
The wrecking ball is rushing
Witness your blushing
The pipeline is gushing
While here we lie in tombs
While on the corner
The jury's sleepless
We found your weakness
And it's right outside your door

Now testify
Yeah testify
It's right outside your door
Now testify
Now testify
It's right outside your door

Mass graves for the pump and the price is set
And the price is set
Mass graves for the pump and the price is set
And the price is set
Mass graves for the pump and the price is set
And the price is set
Mass graves for the pump and the price is set
And the price is set

Who controls the past now controls the future
Who controls the present now controls the past
Who controls the past now controls the future
Who controls the present now?

Now testify
Testify
It's right outside your door
Now testify
Testify
It's right outside your door




Writer: ETHERIDGE, MELISSA / MCCORMICK, KEVIN J.
Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, EMI Music Publishing



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Propaganda | Reviewer: Some guy | 11/28/12

The song delves into media propaganda, how both conservative and liberal media may sway either way to support politics, but in a broader sense they both lean the same way to obscure our view of other countries and our own. The music video however depicts both bush and gore to be one in the same. Many refferences to oil, control of information, and operation desert storm, NOT the war on terror. This song was written before 9/11.

My meaning | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/5/12

The song basically talks about how Americans are base and weak. The first and second verse talks about how we act like sheep and are subject to intense propaganda throughout our lives. Any well-read person will recognize the big 1984 reference "Who controls the present controls the past. Who controls the past controls the future." And the chorus is saying, "hey, stand up for yourself, challenge the authority." Anyway, that's my two cents.

wtf? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/18/12

the war in Iraq had nothing to do with bin laden u fuckin retards. it was cuz we believed they had womd's. can u imagine a world without America a world without a spine? it would be in disarray without having to answer to the super power. Americans aren't as stupid as u think we see what's going on and we are proud loyal compassionate but u see what your media portrays of us Americans guess what its a corprotocracy just like your government. the only difference is we don't give a fuck what u think of us. you don't know me you don't kno what I've seen what I've done so don't judge me bitches I'm as real as it gets

This song was made in the 1990's | Reviewer: Past, Present, Future | 11/3/11

To all commentors talking about this song being about the wars in Iraq and Aghanistan.. you're idiots.. This song was written well before we invaded either country (this time around). The automobile is the metaphor for our weakness in Testify.

Testifyy | Reviewer: Concerned | 6/3/11

To everyone saying that guy in Argentina is wrong? YOU'RE all wrong. I'm a born and raised citizen of the United States, and seriously, Americans are STUPID.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYmTEmUYj_8
Just an example. And you ARE blinded by our government. It's time for us to quit blindly following and believing all that we're told and ASK QUESTIONS. You die hard patriots? Patriotism is merely the belief that your country is superior to all others because you were born in it. Stop letting the government control you. Stop acting like you're all just sheep lost in a meadow.

Now testify | Reviewer: Jim | 3/8/11

oh i love this song so much!! fucking bugs me to see all these shitty comments that are listed as "reviews" to such awesome song.

well to all of you defending america and saying that your army went there looking for bin laden and then invaded iraq by mistake.. well FUCK YOU!! and let me tell you why:

simply for believing that bin laden exist in the first place. im not saying he's imaginary but he is an american government creation to give itself a reason to barge in any area they pretend to suspect as his hideout.

and just for the record fuck all the others too. i hate you all equally for making me comment regarding such matter.

yeah one more thing.. Respect to the reviewer behind "Burn the Flag"

We have met the enemy and the enemy is us. ~ Pogo | Reviewer: Mike L. | 3/1/11

"Testify" seems to me to be a song about our over-dependence and over-consumption of oil. Although the video presents a flurry of current event videos and still photos of political leaders, wars, revolutions, etc....it seems to miss the mark as to the real culprit.....ie..."Testify/It's right outside your door...." In other words, your vehicle or automobile. Our insatiable need for gasoline and oil seemingly is what is causing all the upheaval and ills in the world. We need to "Testify" and take an oath that we will cut back and eventually find other sources of energy to replace our dependence on oil......and the quicker the better.

Any of you pretentious dicks been arrested by the police? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/23/11

Just read the lyrics and stop trying to sound like intelligent people in a debate when you all really just come off as numb-skulls.

"Your temple it calms me
So I can carry on
My slaving sweating the skin right off my bones
On a bed of fire I'm choking on the smoke that fills my home"

There is absolutely nothing propagandized in this song. They're singing about the rights of an individual human being in a distorted, technology-cluttered world of lies and power shifts.

Personally I believe people need to start learning how not to take shit from anybody.

All these rich fucks in the government are perpetuating the self-destructive cycle that began in ancient China, when they invented the money system.

Nobody wants gold to be worth more than a person's life. But people allow these things to continue happening around them, I swear it's like half the population where I live have no minds of their own, marching down to the local labor camp to market themselves as slaves.

Rich people don't own anything of value aside what you allow them to take from your cold hands. If any of you think a piece of paper with a 5 on it is worth more than 1, you're fucking insane. Believe in yourselves and stop listening to the white noise.

Society gives value to these self-destructive cycles because it's a simple game, with one group of people having more power and influence than the other group.

I think once people learn to stop being materialistic and let go of the past, instead of holding onto ideals that have been set in place since the Black Plague in Europe.

If you can't cook with the big dogs, get out of the kitchen.

Truth seeker | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/17/11

The truth is available. Question everything and look for anything. The revolution of truth can happen now. I now have to say that I support Ron Paul. I'm not telling you that Ron Paul is the revolution, but I think he's a part of it. Ron Paul 2012!

wow... | Reviewer: Angela | 2/1/11

I love how people are so quick to judge Americans for being "blind, stupid, ignorant folks." You should listen to yourselves say some of the shit you let slip out of your mouths. And what the hell makes you guys so great? If I’ve learned anything from life in general, I’ve learned that everyone is fucked up. Everyone has their flaws. And that goes for judicial systems, governmental systems, laws, and OTHER PEOPLE. And what the fuck does this have to do with America? Ignorant people run rampant EVERYWHERE. They are not only found in one known place. And you know what? My dad lived in Argentina all his life. He's been living in America for years now and he's told me that he wouldn't move back for anything in the world. I will blatantly agree with you blasphemous bunch that you are right in saying that not only is our country royally fucked, but that people are so blindly accepting what the media tells them. I outlawed FOX news in my house because of the biased opinionated "facts" that spew from the nothingness of their entirety. I think this is more of a human’s rights song, than it is aimed at those who are not awake. To be "awake" in a world like this is to be aware of ALL problems. Not only the Goddamn war, people. Famine, disease, theft, cheating, death, war, ignorance, poverty; all of these issues add to a bigger picture that this world is not perfect and that we must act now to make out standing point more...peaceful. For everybody. Not just bloody Americans. Get it right dickwads. Seriously. After all of that I'd like to think that we all learned something. Whether you’re white, black, Asian, female, male, gay straight whatever the hell Chris Crocker is... we have to work together to change the world. That’s what Zac is trying to say. What you guys are doing by judging us is only going to put up walls of ignorance in between us. And that will be one motherfucking counterproductive way to break the walls of the machine down. But if you don’t want to be part of the cause then don’t bother. If you're too obtuse and morally fucked up to want to, then in that case, let rip you apart and devour your soul. Zac’s main point is to gather everyone together, so we can come together, and destroy all barriers that may be disrupting us from becoming one to take on the “machine.” Don’t be so quick to think you’ve got this all figured out. Because chances are, you don’t know a Goddamn thing. Do I know you? Do you know me? If you answered “No” to either or both of these questions, kindly take your words and choke on them. Heimlich maneuver is not necessary.

fucking idiots | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/5/11

Look. i'm american and i do believe that the war in Iraq was an unjust war and that we'd had no business invading when we were in the middle east in the first place looking for Osama Bin Laden. Our government clearly hasnt had the best run for the past few years since Bush was in charge and Obama clearly isnt helping much. but to all of you stupid fuckers. dont hate our country for making mistakes. more or less every country has invaded others for some reason or another hence all of the world's great empires such as the Roman and Persian empires. and you all keep flipping shit on a country that's not even 250 years old. dont hate us for making mistakes when your own country is just as fucked up and corrupt as any other

Naive twats! | Reviewer: Fuck America! | 11/23/10

I love how all Americans are trying to defend themselves on this topic proving the argentinian dude right! By saying you did nothing wrong by going to Iraq proves how blind you are! It was such an u just war hence bush and Blair were taken to acount on the matter. So stop being such ignorant fucks and open your eyes. I can't wait til North Korea fun you up :L

Blind twats - proven! | Reviewer: Fuck America | 11/23/10

I love how the Americans are saying this argie guys wrong about you being blind when you're trying to say Iraq was fine! You've all just proved him right. Iraq was a completely unjust war, hence bush and Blair were taken to acount over it. So open your fucking eyes and stop being so ignorant. Can't wait til North Korea fuck you up!

You are all wrong. | Reviewer: You are all ANTS! AMERICAAAAA! | 8/12/10

Listen to all of you talking about being blind. Enjoy your government approved music. You all underestimate the power of the American Government. RATM just takes your money and bathes in it. All they have to do is make you think the government is out to get you and wipe their bums with dollar bills. just like the preachers who sell savior kits on your TV. BTW have fun not having as much power as America does Argentina. Soccer, Soccer, Soccer.

In Response | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/17/10

In response to the fucker from argentina.
We are not all blind. To push a blanket description of people living in a country is frankly stupid. I do not all just blindly absorb what the media tells me. I question my government but I also support it when it tries to do the right thing. When voting one will not and can not vote for pure right. There will always be evil. You just have to pick the lesser of the two evils.


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