Written by lead singer John Kay, this is a song about the "power people" who try to mandate people's lives and behavior, which was very much on the minds on many young people in 1969: "What gives you the right? Hey you to stand there and tell me what to do. Tell me who gave you the power to stop me from livin' like I do?" Strangely enough, it's the same mantra later chanted by the right wing, while in the '60s, it was the left wing that expressed these sentiments.
Ray - Bonneville salt flats, UT