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Bulls on Parade
Rage Against the Machine Lyrics


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Come wit' it now
Come wit' it now

The microphone explodes, shattering the molds
Either drop the hits like De La O or get the fuck off the commode
Wit' the sure shot, sure to make the bodies drop
Drop and don't copy yo, don't call this a co-op
Terror rains drenchin', quenchin' the thirst of the power dons
That five sided fist-a-gon
The rotten sore on the face of mother earth gets bigger
The triggers cold empty ya purse

Rally 'round the family with a pocket full of shells
They rally 'round the family with a pocket full of shells
They rally 'round the family with a pocket full of shells
They rally 'round the family with a pocket full of shells

Weapons not food, not homes, not shoes
Not need, just feed the war cannibal animal
I walk the corner to the rubble that used to be a library
Line up to the mind cemetery now
What we don't know keeps the contracts alive and movin'
They don't gotta burn the books they just remove 'em
While arms warehouses fill as quick as the cells
Rally 'round the family, pockets full of shells

Rally 'round the family with a pocket full of shells
They rally 'round the family with a pocket full of shells
They rally 'round the family with a pocket full of shells
They rally 'round the family with a pocket full of shells

Bulls on parade

Come wit' it now
Come wit' it now
Bulls on parade
Bulls on parade
Bulls on parade
Bulls on parade
Bulls on parade

Overall Meaning

The opening lines of "Come wit' it now" serve as a call to action for the listener to pay attention and to get ready for what's about to come. This is followed by a powerful statement about the intensity of the message, as "The microphone explodes, shattering the molds" implies that the message will be explosive and groundbreaking. The next few lines use a metaphor of dropping hits like De La O to either suggest the need for the audience to pay attention to the message or to leave if they are not interested.


The chorus, "Rally 'round the family with a pocket full of shells," speaks of the idea of rallying people to a common cause, while the "pocket full of shells" suggests the power of weapons in their cause. The verse involving weapons not being used for necessities like food or homes but instead for war is a sharp commentary on the priorities of governments and corporations. The line "Line up to the mind cemetery now" is a poignant observation of how society has failed to prioritize knowledge and learning. The song ends with a return to the chorus and chanting of "Bulls on Parade," calling for a revolution and resistance against oppressive systems and institutions.


Line by Line Meaning

Come wit' it now
Let's get it started


The microphone explodes, shattering the molds
Our music will disrupt and challenge the norm


Either drop the hits like De La O or get the fuck off the commode
We demand skill and originality, not laziness


Wit' the sure shot, sure to make the bodies drop
Our music will bring change and possibly violence


Drop and don't copy yo, don't call this a co-op
Don't try to ride our coat-tails, this is our movement


Terror rains drenchin', quenchin' the thirst of the power dons
Those in power thrive on fear and violence


That five sided fist-a-gon
Referring to the Pentagon, symbol of American military power


The rotten sore on the face of mother earth gets bigger
We see the destruction and environmental harm caused by those in power


The triggers cold empty ya purse
The cost of war is high and the wealthy benefit while others suffer


Rally 'round the family with a pocket full of shells
We must unite and fight back against oppression, using any means necessary


Weapons not food, not homes, not shoes
We prioritize weapons and war over basic human needs


Not need, just feed the war cannibal animal
War is a beast that feeds on itself


I walk the corner to the rubble that used to be a library
We see the destruction of education and intellectualism


Line up to the mind cemetery now
People's ignorance or apathy leads to the death of free thought


What we don't know keeps the contracts alive and movin'
Governments and corporations profit from keeping information hidden


They don't gotta burn the books they just remove 'em
The powerful suppress dissent by controlling information


While arms warehouses fill as quick as the cells
The prison industrial complex and the military industrial complex are linked


Bulls on parade
We are charging forward with force and power




Lyrics © Wixen Music Publishing
Written by: Timmy Commerford, Zach De La Rocha, Tom Morello, Brad Wilk

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When Tom morello went “dill dill pickle dill dill pickle pickle pickle “ in the riff, I felt that

@jetwholigan3060

I concur

@haiszx

THIS MADE ME LAUGH

@conorwatt1037

I can’t un hear this now 😂

@haiszx

@@conorwatt1037 SAME

@TheLeakyWizard

Hahaha

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@thrashmanpoint

"Be ruthless with systems,
be kind with people"
- Michael Brooks

@TheSilence1

Rest in power, Michael.

@christain9696

Rest in power

@frankvictorrood

RIP Michael Brooks.

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