March of Death

a song by Zack de la Rocha and DJ Shadow

“Without just cause or reason, without legal or moral justification, and without a thread of proof that Iraq directly threatens the security of the United States, the Bush administration has headed to war. As I am writing this, bombs are raining upon the defenseless civilians of Baghdad in a continuation of a policy that has already claimed the lives of over 1 million innocent Iraqi people. People just like us who want democracy but find themselves cornered by a dictator on one side, naked U.S. aggression on another, and the oil beneath their country; for which it appears they are to be massacred.

Lies, sanctions, and cruise missiles have never created a free and just society. Only everyday people can do that. Which is why I’m joining the millions world wide who have stood up to oppose the Bush administration’s attempt to expand the U.S. empire at the expense of human rights at home and abroad. In this spirit I’m releasing this song for anyone who is willing to listen. I hope it not only makes us think, but also inspires us to act and raise our voices.” - Zack de la Rocha

“Artists, be they painters, actors, writers or musicians, have a responsibility to reflect and interpret the world around them. Our current administration’s foreign policy strikes me as being reckless, inhumane, and hopelessly out of step with the so-called “values” it claims to defend. We, the world’s only superpower, have immense capacity to ease human suffering throughout the world, yet we instead choose to inflict it upon those we deem a threat to our agenda of empire.

As an American, my government’s actions give me cause for great concern. I’m proud to support Zack de la Rocha in giving a musical voice to that concern.” - DJ Shadow


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I was born with the voice of a riot, a storm
Lightening the function, the form
Far from the norm, I wont follow like cattle
I’m more like a catalyst; calm in the mix of battle
Who let the cowboy on the saddle? He don’t know a missle from a gavel
Para terror troopin flippin loops of death upon innocent flesh
But I’m back in the cipher my foes and friends
With a verse and a pen, against a line I won’t toe or defend
Instead I curse at the murderous men in suits of professionals who act like animals
This man child, ruthless and wild
Who gonna chain this beast back on the leash?
This Texas F├╝hrer, for sure a, compassionless con who serve a
Lethal needle to the poor. The cure for crime is murder?
On the left, left, right, left
But it’s just a march of death
I read the news today, oh boy, a snap shot of a midnight ploy
Vexed and powerless, devoured my hours I’m motionless with no rest
Cause a scream now holds the sky, under another high-tech drive-by
A lie is a lie this God is an eagle or a condor for war and nothing more
Islam peace, Islam stare into my eyes brother please off our knees
To beef now we feed their disease, interlocked our hands across seas
What is a flag but a rag, a shroud out loud, outside a faceless crowd
Cause a cowering child just took her last breath, one snare in the march of death
On the left, left, right, left
But it’s just a march of death
Here it comes the sound of terror from above
He flex his Texas twisted tongue
The poor lined up to kill in desert slums
For oil that boil beneath the desert sun
Now we split flame we flip this game
All the targets are taking aim
All targets are taking aim
We’re the targets, they’re taking aim