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Fight the Power (1989) by Public Enemy

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Fight the Power (Song)

performed by Public Enemy

1989
 
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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 youre missin yall 
Swingin while Im 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 
 
Chorus 
 
As the rhythm designed to bounce 
What counts is that the rhymes 
Designed to fill your mind 
Now that youve realized the prides arrived 
We got to pump the stuff to make us tough 
From the heart 
Its a start, a work of art 
To revolutionize make a change nothins strange 
People, people we are the same 
No were not the same 
Cause we dont know the game 
What we need is awareness, we cant 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 
 
Chorus 
 
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 Im black and Im proud 
Im ready and hyped plus Im amped 
Most of my heroes dont appear on no stamps 
Sample a look back you look and find 
Nothing but rednecks for 400 years if you check 
Dont 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, cmon 
What we got to say 
Power to the people no delay 
To make everybody see 
In order to fight the powers that be