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This Government Needs a Tune Up Click for Lyrics

First Appearance: Internet 2004
Written by: Beastie Boys
Performed by: Beastie Boys

Behind the Beats and Lyrics...

Samples:

  • "You're Gonna Get Yours" performed by Public Enemy - Yo! Bum Rush the Show by Public Enemy

References:

  • 9/11 - 11 September 2001, nearly 3000 people were killed when terrorists hijacked airliners and crashed them into the World Trade Centers in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and into a Pennsylvania field
  • UN - the United Nations, an international organization established immediately after World War II, founded by "peace-loving states" to oppose future aggression
  • Bush - George Walker Bush (1946-) former governor of Texas, current president of the United States of America
  • FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation, a division of the U.S. Department of Justice charged with investigating all violations of federal laws and with safeguarding national security
  • Internet - international computer network linking smaller computer networks together worldwide
  • Socialism - a political and economic theory that advocates a system of collective or government ownership and management of the means of production and distribution of goods
  • Capitalism - an economic system based on private ownership of the means of production, in which personal profit can be acquired through investment of capital and employment of labor
  • Militarism - the tendency to regard military efficiency as the supreme ideal of the state and to subordinate all other interests to those of the military
  • Schism - a division or disunion into mutually opposed parties

Sample & Reference Breakdown:

  • "Get with it" sampled from "You're Gonna Get Yours" performed by Public Enemy
  • "This government needs a tune up" sampled from "You're Gonna Get Yours" performed by Public Enemy

Commentary:

Beastie Boys:

"This was a song that we were working on a while back but never finished." - Adam Yauch (2004)

 
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