Fight The Power

Album: Fear of a Black Planet (1989)
Charted: 29
  • Yet our best trained, best educated, best equipped, best prepared troops refuse to fight
    As a matter of fact, it's safe to say that they would rather switch than fight

    1989 the number another summer (get down)
    Sound of the funky drummer
    Music hitting your heart 'cause I know you got soul
    (Brothers and sisters, hey)
    Listen if you're missing y'all
    Swinging while I'm singing
    Giving whatcha getting
    Knowing what I know
    While the Black bands sweatin'
    And the rhythm rhymes rollin'
    Got to give us what we want (uh)
    Gotta give us what we need (hey)
    Our freedom of speech is freedom or death
    We got to fight the powers that be

    Lemme hear you say
    Fight the power (lemme hear you say)
    Fight the power
    Fight the power
    Fight the power
    Fight the power
    Fight the power
    Fight the power
    We've got to fight the powers that be

    As the rhythm designed to bounce
    What counts is that the rhymes
    Designed to fill your mind
    Now that you've realized the pride's arrived
    We got to pump the stuff to make us tough
    From the heart
    It's a start, a work of art
    To revolutionize make a change nothing's strange
    People, people we are the same
    No we're not the same
    'Cause we don't know the game
    What we need is awareness, we can't get careless
    You say what is this?
    My beloved let's get down to business
    Mental self defensive fitness
    (Yo) bum rush the show
    You gotta go for what you know
    To make everybody see, in order to fight the powers that be

    Lemme hear you say
    Fight the power (lemme hear you say)
    Fight the power
    Fight the power
    Fight the power
    Fight the power
    Fight the power
    Fight the power
    We've got to fight the powers that be

    Fight the power (lemme hear you say)
    Fight the power
    Fight the power
    Fight the power
    Fight the power
    Fight the power
    We've got to fight the powers that be

    Elvis was a hero to most but he
    Elvis was a hero to most
    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 I'm Black and I'm proud
    I'm ready and hyped plus I'm amped
    Most of my heroes don't appear on no stamps
    Sample a look back you look and find
    Nothing but rednecks for four hundred years if you check
    Don't worry be happy
    Was a number one jam
    Damn if I say it you can slap me right here
    (Get it) let's get this party started right
    Right on, c'mon
    What we got to say (yeah)
    Power to the people no delay
    Make everybody see
    In order to fight the powers that be

    Fight the power
    Fight the power
    Fight the power
    Fight the power
    We've got to fight the powers that be

    What have we got to say? (yeah)
    Fight the power (yeah, yeah, yeah)
    What have we got to say? (yeah)
    Fight the power (come on)
    What have we got to say? (yeah)
    Fight the power (yeah, yeah, yeah)
    What have we got to say? (yeah)
    Fight the power (come on)

    Yo check this out man
    OK talk to me about the future of Public Enemy
    The future of Public Enemy gotta Writer/s: Carlton Ridenhour, Eric Sadler, Hank Shocklee, Keith Shocklee
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management, REACH MUSIC PUBLISHING
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 2

  • 40th Street Black from GeorgiaElvis had to be a racist. It was just in his time. Fight the Power is the epitome of the black struggle and the number 1 rap song of all time because it embodies EXACTLY what rap music is
  • Angus from Ottawa, OnI think that the part about Elvis (I'm guessing they aren't talking about Costello) being racist is based on urban legends that are *completely* false.
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