Immortal Technique: The War vs Us All ft Mumia Abu Jamal

Mumia Abu-Jamal is an American author, radio journalist and former Black Panther who was sentenced to death for the murder of a Philadelphia police officer in 1982 after a trial, which according to Amnesty International, failed to meet international standards. In 2012, his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment without parole.

Weird Al Yankovic: Christmas at Ground Zero

Weird Al Yankovic

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Christmas at Ground Zero

It's Christmas at ground zero
There's music in the air
The sleigh bells are ringing and the carolers are singing
While the air raid sirens blare

It's Christmas at ground zero
The button has been pressed
The radio just let us know
That this is not a test

Everywhere the atom bombs are dropping
It's the end of all humanity
No more time for last-minute shopping
It's time to face your final destiny

It's Christmas at ground zero
There's panic in the crowd
We can dodge debris while we trim the tree
Underneath the mushroom cloud

Ronald Reagan:
Well, the big day is only a few hours away now.
I'm sure you're all looking forward to it
as much as we are

You might hear some reindeer on your rooftop
Or Jack Frost on your windowsill
But if someone's climbing down your chimney
You better load your gun and shoot to kill

It's Christmas at ground zero
And if the radiation level's okay
I'll go out with you and see all the new
Mutations on New Year's Day

It's Christmas at ground zero
Just seconds left to go
I'll duck and cover with my Yuletide lover
Underneath the mistletoe

It's Christmas at ground zero
Now the missiles are on their way
What a crazy fluke, we're gonna get nuked
On this jolly holiday

What a crazy fluke, we're gonna get nuked
On this jolly holiday!

Gil Scott-Heron: Johannesburg

Gil Scott-Heron's 1975 hit Johannesburg on the album From South Africa to South Carolina was inspired by Nelson Mandela, then imprisoned on Robben Island and unknown to most of the world.

Gil Scott-Heron

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Johannesburg

What's the word?
Tell me brother, have you heard
From Johannesburg?
What's the word?
Sister/woman have you heard
From Johannesburg?
They tell me that our brothers over there
Are defyin' the Man
We don't know for sure because the news we get
Is unreliable, man
Well I hate it when the blood starts flowin'
But I'm glad to see resistance growin'
Somebody tell me what's the word?
Tell me brother, have you heard
From Johannesburg?
They tell me that our brothers over there
Refuse to work in the mines
They may not get the news but they need to know
We're on their side
Now sometimes distance brings misunderstanding
But deep in my heart I'm demanding
Somebody tell me what's the word?
Sister/woman have you heard
'Bout Johannesburg?
I know that their strugglin' over there
Ain't gonna free me
But we all need to be strugglin'
If we're gonna be free.
Don't you wanna be free?