Rage Against the Machine

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Rage Against the Machine: Song Analysis Word Count: 1558 (6 pages) I. Introduction The band Rage Against the Machine has some very unique tunes. "Bullet in the Head", "Year of the Boomerang", "Bulls on Parade", "Without a Face", and "Wake Up" will be analyzed, each with its own section of analysis regarding meaning.


II. Bullet in the Head The following is the opening lyric to the song Bullet in the Head. “This time the bullet cold rocked ya/A yellow ribbon instead of a swastika…”2 What Rage is trying to convey with this lyric is that people are needlessly dying, all due to a person who is in power at the top trying to usurp money from the poorer people. If one thinks about it, think about Dick Cheney, who was the Vice President of the U.S. as well as the head of a company called Halliburton, which rebuilt Iraq. Several poor men, desperate for jobs, enlisted into the military because they thought they were fighting for ideals after 9/11. However, this was a scam. It has now been proven that the U.S. was planning to invade Iraq beginning in 2001—two years before the war in Iraq ever began. Halliburton lost millions, possibly billions, of dollars in funds that were never accounted for, in the end. Like Hitler, Cheney ruled over the an entire nation—and conducted the whole Iraq war operation, not to mention profiting quite handsomely from it. Truly, Cheney was a type of dictator—especially because he could not be prosecuted for these crimes after he left office, not to mention the fact that he ordered torture to be used on prisoners of war. ...
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