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The Oath Lyrics

by Tom Morello

[Boots Riley:]
The lamppost could swear it had seen me before
And stared as I stumbled through the motel door
The dirty mirror also thought I looked familiar
But commented only that my suit was brilliant
The TV bolted to the wall and cracked
Remembered how I cried and said I'd never come back
In the lacquer of the table, I had carved my oath
With a burnt butter knife and this is what I wrote...

[Boots Riley:]
I pledge to get their foot off my neck
Instead I shall demand my respect
I'll fight even if I won't win
Alright, the beginning is the end
I pledge to make the bosses cringe
Instead we'll get some justified ends
I'll fight till the system is gone
Recite this ex-losers song

(Yeee!) Alright, muthafuckas!
(Coo-Cooo!) Fight, muthafuckas!
(Yeee!) Alright, muthafuckas!
(Coo-Cooo!) Fight, muthafuckas!

[Boots Riley:]
I pledge to live life as lesson
That said even my words are weapons
I'll fight show love in motion
Alright, mountains move from oceans
I pledge there is no surrender
Instead I'll expose their agenda
Fight and make vampires bleed
Recite this ex-losers creed

(Yeee!) Alright, muthafuckas!
(Coo-Cooo!) Fight, muthafuckas!

(Yeee!) Alright, muthafuckas!
(Coo-Cooo!) Fight, muthafuckas!

[Boots Riley:]
I pledge that I'll taste each second
That said, I know each moment's a present
I'll fight a battle fit for ballads
Alright, at two we hit the palace
I pledge that we are individuals
That said, from you I'm indivisible
Fight and match the blaze of comets
Recite this ex-losers promise
The carpet inquired if I'd lay there again
And where was the girl from when there last I had been
The commode refused to speak as I made my escape
It knew every subtle nuance of my war torn face
The concrete outside felt disrespected
It was partly my fault it had been neglected
At the precipice of fate is where I carved my oath
With the dagger from my back and you know what I wrote

(Yeee!) Alright, muthafuckas!
(Coo-Cooo!) Fight, muthafuckas!
(Yeee!) Alright muthafuckas!
(Coo-Cooo!) Fight, muthafuckas!

Na na na na, na na na na na
Na na na na, na na na na na
Na na na na, na na na na na
Na na na na, na na na na na

Na na na na, na na na na na
Na na na na, na na na na na
Na na na na, na na na na na
Na na na na, na na na na na




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Paul Hardcastle
In 1965 Vietnam seemed like just another foreign war but it wasn't
It was different in many ways, as so were tose that did the fighting
In World War II the average age of the combat soldier was 26
In Vietnam he was 19
In-in-in Vietnam he was 19

The shooting and fighting of the past two weeks continued today
25 miles west of Saigon
I really wasn't sure what was going on

Ni-ni-ni 19, 19, ni-19 19
19, 19, 19, 19

In Vietnam the combat soldier typically served
A twelve month tour of duty
But was exposed to hostile fire almost everyday
Ni-ni-ni 19, Ni-ni-ni 19

Hundreds of thousands of men who saw heavy combat
In Vietnam were arrested since discharge
Their arrest rate is almost twice that of non-veterans of the same age
There are no accurate figures of how many of these men
Have been incarcerated

But a Veterans Administration study
Concludes that the greater of vets
Exposure to combat could more likely affect his chances
Of being arrested or convicted

This is one legacy of the Vietnam War

All those who remember the war
They won't forget what they've seen
Destruction of men in their prime
Whose average was 19

De-de-destruction
De-de-destruction
War, war

De-de-destruction, wa, wa, war, wa, war, war
De-de-destruction
War, war

After World War II the men came home together on troop ships
But the Vietnam vet often arrived home within 48 hours of jungle combat
Perhaps the most dramatic difference between
World War II and Vietnam was coming home
None of them received a hero's welcome

None of them received a heroes welcome, none of them, none of them
Ne-ne-ne, ne-ne-ne, none of them, none of them, none of them
None of them received a hero's welcome
None of them received a hero's welcome

According to a Veteran's Administration study
Half of the Vietnam combat veterans suffered from what
Psychiatrists call
Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder

Many vets complain of alienation, rage or guilt
Some succumb to suicidal thoughts
Eight to ten years after coming home
Almost eight hundred thousand men are still fighting the Vietnam War

De-de-destruction
Ni-ni-ni 19, 19, ni19 19
19, 19, 19, 19
Ni-ni-ni 19, 19, ni-19 19
19, 19, 19, 19

When we came back it was different, everybody wants to know
"How'd it happened to those guys over there?
There's gotta be something wrong somewhere
We did what we had to do

There's gotta be something wrong somewhere
People wanted us to be ashamed of what it made us
Dad had no idea what he went to fight and he is now
All we want to do is come home

All we want to do is come home
What did we do it for?
All we want to do is come home
Was it worth it
Cristina Vee
I've done everything I canAll the people that I see I will never understandIf I find a way to change, if I step into the lightThen I'll never be the same, and it all will fade to whiteEver on and on I continue circlingWith nothing but my hate in a carousel of agony
Cristina Vee
I've done everything I canAll the people that I see I will never understandIf I find a way to change, if I step into the lightThen I'll never be the same, and it all will fade to whiteEver on and on I continue circlingWith nothing but my hate in a carousel of agony
White Lies
rin
One Direction
She told me in the morning she don't feel the same about us in her bones
It seems to me that when I die these words will be written on my stone
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