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Rage Against the Machine’s Zack de la Rocha Pens Poem for Occupy Movement

Zack De La Rocha
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Time will tell whether Rage Against the Machine vocalist Zack de la Rocha’s involvement with the Occupy Movement will find its way into any of his future song lyrics. But for now, the rapper and rocker has written a poem for those who have been motivated into action by corporate greed and the division between those who have and those who have not.

“This poem is dedicated to the Occupy movement whose courage is changing the world,” says de la Rocha in a statement. “Stay Strong. We are winning.”

Read Zack de la Rocha’s Occupy Movement poem in it’s entirety below:

The beginning spills through city veins
Into the arteries
And under powers poison clouds
We move like the shadows
Through the alley ways
Through nightmares bought and sold as dreams
Through barren factories
Through boarded schools
Through rotting fields
Through the burning doors of the past
Through imaginations exploding
To break the curfews in our minds

Our actions awaken dreams of actions multiplied
A restless fury
Once buried like burning embers
Left alone to smolder
But together stacked under the walls of a dying order
All sparks are counted
Calloused hands raised in silence
Over the bonfire of hope unincorporated
It’s flame restores tomorrows meaning
Across the graveyards of hollow promises
As gold dipped vultures pick at what is left of our denial

And the youngest among us
Stare at us stoned like eyes determined
And say
Death for us may come early
Cause dignity has no price
At the corner of now and nowhere
Tomorrow is calling
Tomorrow is calling

Do not be afraid

We can’t help but wonder how those passionate words would sound rapped over the syncopated beats, churning rhythms and effect-laden guitars of Rage Against the Machine. Guitarist Tom Morello said earlier this year that the band has no plans to write together any time soon, but didn’t rule out future collaborations.

However, Morello sees eye-to-eye with de la Rocha when it comes to Occupy, and has played with an acoustic guitar at Occupy demonstrations in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, British Columbia, and in England in London, Nottingham and Newcastle.  He has also announced that he will contribute to an album of protest songs to benefit the Ocupy Wall Street movement.

“Every successful progressive social movement has a great soundtrack,” he told the Hollywood Reporter. “The soundtrack [for Occupy Wall Street] is just as democratic and grassroots as the movement.”

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