Album: The Battle Of Los Angeles (1999)
  • Tha sun ablaze as Maria's foot
    Touches tha surface of sand
    On northern land
    As human contraband
    Some rico from Jalisco
    Passed her name to tha boss
    She stuffed ten to a truckbed
    She clutches her cross
    Here comes tha exhaust
    And it rips through her lungs
    She's off fast to tha pasture
    Like cattle she'll cross
    Degree 106
    Sweat and vomit are thrown
    And she prays and suffocates
    Upon tha memories of home
    Of Yanqui guns for blood debts on tha loans
    Of smoldering fields rape rubble and bones
    Of graves hidden trapped up in visions of war
    Of nothing no one nobody no more
    These are her mountains and skies and
    She radiates
    Through history's rivers of blood
    She regenerates
    And like tha sun disappears only to reappear
    She's eternally here
    Her time is near
    Never conquered but here

    To tear away at tha mask

    And now she got a quota
    Tha needle and thread crucifixion
    Sold and shipped across tha new line
    Of Mason Dixon
    Rippin' through denim
    Tha point an inch from her vein
    Tha foreman approach
    His steps now pound in her brain
    His presence it terrifies
    And eclipses her days
    No minutes to rest
    No moment to pray
    And with a whisper
    He whips her
    Her soul chained to his will
    "My job is to kill if you forget to take your pill"
    Her arms jerks
    Tha sisters gather round her and scream
    As if in a dream
    Eyes on tha crimson stream
    Numb as her wrists spit shots of blood to tha floor
    I am nothing, no one, nobody, no more

    These are her mountains and skies and
    She radiates
    And through history's rivers of blood
    She regenerates
    And like tha sun disappears only to reappear
    Maria she's eternally here
    Her time is near
    Never conquered but here

    To tear away at tha mask
    Away at tha mask
    To tear away at tha mask

    No minutes to rest
    No moment to pray
    No minutes to rest
    No moment to pray
    No minutes to rest
    It eclipses her day
    Just a moment to pray

    Ugh!

    To tear away at tha mask, ugh
    Away at tha mask
    To tear away at tha mask
    To tear away at tha mask Writer/s: Brad J. Wilk, Thomas B. Morello, Timothy Commerford, Zack M. De La Rocha
    Publisher: Wixen Music Publishing
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 12

  • Jose 79 from MadridPermíteme enseñarte Filosofía.
    María es la fuerza de la libertad
    Cariñosamente Puede adoptar nombre de alguien como usted dice.

    Los pies de María arden como sol.
    Los pies es el medio de locomoción , es el instrumento de acción
    María Es la fuerza , los pies de la revolución.
    Las historias de muerte y sangre alimentan María
    Después Sueña Montañas y ríos , la esperanza

    si no hablas español , me da igual. no hago lo que me dicen
    aprendes o te jodes.

    Jose 79 un G+
  • Boris from RussiaWho knows what mean the line "She stuffed ten to a truckbed"?
  • Fightthepower from Ishtama, El SalvadorSo then he killed her (she didnt kill herself)
  • Fightthepower from Ishtama, El SalvadorIn the line "Myjob isto killyou if youforget totakeyour pill" is an Allusion to"Sleep now in the Fire" where it says there is no other pill to take/so swallow the one that made you ill, which is a symbolof her doing something that was keeping her working there, and she was trying to get free
  • Greg from Braintree, MaNoah, the band was wearing what they normally wear, Zack always wears a collared shirt in both live performances and music vids
  • John Smith from Southington, CtThough I really stick to understanding what Zack is saying, with this song, I can barley put together all the words into one sentence like most other Rage songs. But it has a great beat, a great example of Zack's rapping, and a killer guitar solo.
  • Jamie Jay from West Oxfordshire, EnglandThe sun ablaze as Maria's foot touches the surface of sand.
  • Voiceofthevoiceless from Ontario, CanadaI think I need to clear a couple things up. First things first, yes there are "sweatshops" in the United States. A quick Google search will probably provide you with more information than you'd like to know. To quote another Rage song, the problem is "right outside your door." Secondly, the music video that is shot as a GAP parody is Guerilla Radio, *not* Maria. And finally, Maria was not "murdered" in the sweatshop, she took her own life because she would rather commit suicide than endure the hardships of the slave labour that she was forced into, being an "illegal" immigrant from the sands of Mexico.
  • Jack from St. Paul, Mnthere arent sweatshops in the US are there?
  • Octavio from Liberia, United StatesThe video described by noah is actually Guerrila Radio.
  • Noah from Boston, Maalso, the music video for this song is shot in the classic style of the Gap's commercials of that time. The band is dressed up in solid colored khakis and collared shirts. They also immitate the camera angles of the Gap ads with some members sitting on background boxes, others standing, some walking around the camera. The effect of course is to mock the international textile conglomerates who make their money off of sweatshop workers like the song's hero, MARIA
  • Prat from Ooga, OtherThis song can be taken in a much broader sense too. Maria is simply an anthem to anyone coming to the United States in hopes of a better life , but receives opression instead.
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