May 29 2011

Rage Against The Machine “Sleep Now In The Fire” Lyrics and Music Video

Sleep Now In The Fire

The video for the song which was directed by with cinematography by Welles Hackett, features the band playing in front of the New York Stock Exchange, intercut with scenes from a satire of the popular television game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire which is named “Who Wants to Be Filthy F#&%ing Rich”. Quoted at the end of the song is Republican politician Gary Bauer stating that, “a band called ‘The Machine Rages On’ – er – ‘Rage Against the Machine’, that band is anti-family and it’s pro-”, following an incident outside of fellow Republican Alan Keyes’ 2000 primary campaign town hall event, where Keyes jumped into a pit formed while Rage Against the Machine was playing. Actor Garrett Wang is briefly seen in the video enjoying the music.

The shoot for the music video on January 26, 2000, caused the doors of the New York Stock Exchange to be closed. In fact, the Stock Exchange locked its doors mid-day in response to fears of crowds gathering to watch the filming. This was not recorded as a closure as trading on the exchange floor continued uninterrupted.

“We decided to shoot this video in the belly of the beast”, said Moore, who was detained by police for an hour and threatened with arrest during the shooting of the video, as the band had a permit that allowed them on the premises, but did not have a sound permit. The band was escorted from the site by security, after band members attempted to gain entry into the Exchange.

The video was nominated at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Video but lost to Limp Bizkit’s “Break Stuff”, causing the infamous incident where bassist Tim Commerford climbed a large piece of the award show set in protest of losing to Limp Bizkit.

Rage Against The Machine “Sleep Now In The Fire” Music Video

Rage Against The Machine Sleep Now In The Fire

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YEAAAH!

The world is my expense
The cost of my desire
Jesus blessed me with its future
And I protect it with fire
So raise your fists and march around
Dont dare take what you need
I’ll jail and bury those committed
And smother the rest in greed
Crawl with me into tomorrow
Or i’ll drag you to your grave
I’m deep inside your children
They’ll betray you in my name

Hey!
Hey!
Sleep now in the fire

Hey!
Hey!
Sleep now in the fire

The lie is my expense
The scope with my desire
The party blessed me with its future
And i protect it with fire
I am the nina, the pinta, the santa maria
The noose and the rapist, the fields overseer
The agents of orange
The priests of hiroshima
The cost of my desire
Sleep now in the fire

Hey!
Hey!
Sleep now in the fire

Hey!
Hey!
Sleep now in the fire

For it’s the end of history
It’s caged and frozen still
There is no other pill to take
So swallow the one
That makes you ill
The nina, the pinta, the santa maria
The noose and the rapist, the fields’ overseer
The agents of orange
The priests of hiroshima
The cost of my desire
Sleep now in the fire

YEAAAH!

Sleep now in the fire!
Sleep now in the fire!
Sleep now in the fire!
Sleep now in the fire!


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