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Occupy Wall Street Stirs Zack de la Rocha From His Slumber


If you thought it took a while for famous rabble-rouser Tom Morello to get his ass down to Occupy Wall Street, then it’s definitely time his Rage Against the Machine cohort Zack de la Rocha said something about the movement. And he finally did! By writing an untitled poem “dedicated to the Occupy movement whose courage is changing the world.” The One Day as a Lion rocker advises those participating in the protests to, “Stay Strong. We are winning.” It’s the first we’ve heard from de la Rocha since his new band played Coachella last year. Ashamed yet, Jay?

The beginning spills through city veins
Into the arteries
And under powers poison clouds
We move like the shadows
Through the alley ways
Through nightmares bought and sold as dreams
Through barren factories
Through boarded schools
Through rotting fields
Through the burning doors of the past
Through imaginations exploding
To break the curfews in our minds

Our actions awaken dreams of actions multiplied
A restless fury
Once buried like burning embers
Left alone to smolder
But together stacked under the walls of a dying order
All sparks are counted
Calloused hands raised in silence
Over the bonfire of hope unincorporated
It’s flame restores tomorrows meaning
Across the graveyards of hollow promises
As gold dipped vultures pick at what is left of our denial

And the youngest among us
Stare at us stoned like eyes determined
And say
Death for us may come early
Cause dignity has no price
At the corner of now and nowhere
Tomorrow is calling
Tomorrow is calling

Do not be afraid