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Fight The Power

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(1989)

Fight The Power


"Fight the Power is a 1989 song by the hip-hop group Public Enemy. First released on the Do the Right Thing soundtrack, an extended yet edited version was released in 1990 on Public Enemy's album Fear of a Black Planet. The song has largely served as the political statement of purpose for the group, and is the group's biggest single, voted #1 in VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.

The opening quotation, 'Yet our best trained, best educated, best equipped, best prepared troops refuse to fight! Matter of fact, it's safe to say that they would rather switch than fight!' is a quote from Chicago attorney and civil rights activist, Thomas "TNT" Todd. Another version is featured in the Chuck D Presents: Louder than a Bomb compilation, featuring a saxophone solo by Branford Marsalis.

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Il brano inizia con un frase che credo sia da attribuirsi non a Martin Luther King ma all’avvocato e attivista per i diritti civili Thomas "TNT" Todd. Egli esprimeva il suo punto di vista sulla guerra in Vietnam parodiando lo slogan “We'd rather fight than switch!” coniato dai supporters del senatore ultraconservatore Barry Goldwater durante la campagna per le presidenziali del 1964. Lo slogan a sua volta si ispirava allo spot pubblicitario delle sigarette Tareyton: "Us Tareyton smokers would rather fight than switch!"
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(Alessandro)
[Spoken] "Yet our best trained, best educated, best equipped, best prepared troops refuse to fight! Matter of fact, it's safe to say that they would rather switch than fight!"

1989 the number another summer (get down)
Sound of the funky drummer
Music hittin' your heart cause I know you got sould
(Brothers and sisters, hey)
Listen if you're missin' y'all
Swingin' while I'm singin'
Givin' whatcha gettin'
Knowin' what I know
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
Lemme hear you say
Fight the power

Fight the Power
Fight the Power
Fight the Power
Fight the Power
Fight the Power
in order 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
Lemme hear you say...
Fight the Power

Fight the Power
Fight the Power
Fight the Power
Fight the Power
Fight the Power
in order to fight the powers that be

Elvis was a hero to most
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
To make everybody see
In order to fight the powers that be

Fight the Power
Fight the Power
Fight the Power
Fight the Power
Fight the Power
in order to fight the powers that be

inviata da Alessandro - 23/10/2008 - 10:07



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