The story of relevance

“Swimmin’ in half truths and it makes me wanna spit —
Instructor come separate the healthy from tha sick”

“Holes in our spirit causin’ tears and fears
One-sided stories for years and years and years
I’m inferior? Whose inferior?
Yeah, we need to check the interior
Of the system that cares about only one culture
And that
is why
We gotta take the power back”

Ah. Memories, like old flames, don’t die. Somewhere in the corner of your heart, the memory lies in wait; somewhere in the dark recesses of your mind, the old flame waits in ambush. What seems trivial now may turn out to be relevant tomorrow. What seems the world now may as well end up being the memory that you wish you never had. But it waits, lies silently in between your firing neurons and burning ambitions. Heh.

Then, old friends like Rage Against the Machine pops out of nowhere and you realize you used to be as rebellious as the kid you lament now; the relevancy of rebellion fades out as you grow older. But it waits, as if it must. Given the sordid reality of our political and social scene, a passing mention of the band RATM brought all of it back.

I am not joking in the single bit when I say that musicians/lyricists like RATM can sum up our political and social affairs in one piercing line. Add to the razor sharp lyrics the anger of rock and the reality of rap and you have yourself a friend in RATM.

A few lines that are now as relevant to us as anything.

“Your friendship is a fog that disappears when the wind redirects”

And most relevant, given how you can change history by distorting it today and that of course leads to a controlled future, at least that is what ‘they’ try:

“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?”

Or perhaps this:
“What we dont know keeps the contract alive and movin’
That dont gotta burn the books they just remove ’em
While Arm warehouses fill as quick as the cells
rally around the family, with pocket full of shells”

“Raise my fist in resist!”

If you live in a cave, here’s a little bit about RATM (Rage Against The Machine). You can check out one of their ‘very relevant’ song’s video here.

3 Comments so far

  1. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on November 21st, 2007 @ 10:58 am

    Very relevant, indeed! :)

  2. V (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 5:14 am

    After reading this post, something serious has dawned upon me: [b]I live in a cave![/b]

  3. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 2:59 pm

    lol! me too… :D

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