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Album: Rage Against The MachineReleased: 1992
  • This song describes the operations of the FBI's "counterintelligence" program - which was to suppress any dissident movements in the '60s. Anyone from Malcolm X to Martin Luther King Jr. was silenced for speaking out against the government's injustices and illogic.
  • This song appeared in The Matrix at the very end of the movie. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Tim - Pittsburgh, PA, for above 2
  • The ending lyrics, "How long? Not long, cause what you reap, is what you sow" are taken from Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech "How Long, Not Long" in which King says, "How long? Not long, because you shall reap what you sow." >>
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    Shawna - Hartford, CT
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Comments: 22

this is a very powerful song and i think it conveys the meaning very well, the beginning and ending riffs especially help that. one of rage's most genious songs.Lilyibanez - Los Angeles, Ca
The quotation near the end of the song is taken from an internal Cointelpro memorandum. The line preceding the first quote is:
"Malcolm X might have been such a 'messiah;' he is the martyr of the movement today. Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael and Elijah Muhammed all aspire to this position. Elijah Muhammed is less of a threat because of his age."

The full line for the second quote is:
"it should also be a goal of the counterintelligence Program to pinpoint potential troublemakers and neutralize them before they
exercise their potential for violence." The memorandum is dated March 4, 1968.
Jack - Cleveland, Oh
Regardless of where the riff came from, the overall song message is to Wake Up and realize what the government is doing instead of being complacent and assuming the government is always right.Joey - North Barrington, Il
dozens of songs have used the same sequence of chords, the fact that these two songs share a chord progression does not in any way suggest that one riff was taken from the otherMike - Selden, Ny
The guitar in Kashmir actually doesn't climb, that's the string arrangement. The opening guitar riffs' rhythms are very similar, and the basic 2 & 4 drum beat, tempo, and key are all the same. That being said I like both songs. I don't understand how you can be so hard-headed about saying there's not even a similarity.Jason - Chatham, Nj
I saw them perform this song live at Coachella in April of this year. During the guitar break, Zach went into a 7 minute tirade against The current government administration and compared those in office now to Nazi war criminals. And just as those Nazi war criminals were executed for their crimes, so should those in office like Bush, Cheney, etc. The crowd lost it's mind as he spoke those words.....Best concert ever!!Chris - Las Vegas, United States
LOL. "Wake up" for alarm.Spog Zallagi - Blue Hill, Me
I use the last part of the song where Zack screems "WAKE UUUUUUUUUUUUPPP!!!!" a lot for my alarm clock.John Smith - Southington, Ct
There are no similarities between Kashmir and Wake Up.
The only distinctive one is the Key of D. But if that's taking a riff from Led Zeppelin then you'd have to call every metal band out for using similar riffs that Black Sabbath invented.
The riff to Wake Up is pure Morello chug. No Page influence what-so-ever.
Ian - San Diego, Ca
Actually Tom, just about everything about the riff from Wake Up is different from Kashmir except for the pitch (both start on a D power chord, though the sepearte tremolo from Wake Up changes it a bit). I've never seen a source that documents morello himself talking about the influence from kashmir.Anon. - Twin Cities, Mn
Not the same as Kashmir but inspired by it. Very good political song one of my favs from RATMMike - Kitchener, Canada
its similiar, but not exactly teh same. certainly inspired by kashmir.Will - Ballarat, Australia
the riff is exactltly the same as kashmir just played with a little higher notesTom - Northport, Ny
The Riff is not like kashmir from led zepplinJorge - Codoba, South America
Evan, the riff is exactly like KashmirKieran - Essex, England
the riff is nothing like kashmirEvan - Birmingham, Al
definatly rage's best song, really makes you question the power of the governmentKieran - Essex, England
The guitar riff wasn't taken from Kashmir. The first two chords are the same but don't even have the same rhythm. The Wake Up Riff goes back and forth between those two chords, whereas the Kashmir riff continues to climb the scale and then repeats.Rudi - Newtown, Pa
Great song, is also played on Godzilla and is sometimes featured in the background of Sports Tonight on channel 10 in Australia... Very famous and powerful...Jarred - Narre Warren, Victoria, Australia
The guitar riif was taken from Led Zeppelin's KashmirAmitai - Staten Island, Ny
this song's at the end of the MatrixBrendan - Waitara, New Zealand
my favourite song from rage, very powerful too.John - Glasgow, Scotland
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