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Haiku Laobiyu: A Series of Haiku Squeezed Out from Popular Rock & Roll Songs

Listed in order according to the name of the band/group/singer


ANTI-FLAG: Hymn for the Dead

The voice of the age:
Please sing a hymn for the dead;
In death we are one





BAD RELIGION: Voice of God Is Government

Neighbours, he loves you
Voice of god is government;
‘The’ might be missing!





BOB DYLAN: Ballad of a Thin Man

Something’s happening
Mr Jones, do you know it?
Are you all alone?




BOB MARLEY: So Much Trouble in the World

The people strugglin’
The ego trips sailin’ too!
Still so much trouble




CHUMBAWAMBA: Give the Anarchist a Cigarette

Nothing burns itself
Give the anarchist a puff
The fire needs a flame




CLASH, THE: Lost in the Supermarket

A special offer:
Assured personality;
Now here I’m all lost





CRANBERRIES, THE: Zombie

It’s not you or me,
They have tanks and bombs and guns,
Since 1916





DEAD KENNEDYS: At My Job

Your name might be Joe
We call you 6-3-0
Just follow the rules




GIL SCOTT-HERON: Home Is Where the Hatred Is

Home is where I live
Home is where the hatred is,
You don’t convince me





JOHN LENNON: Give Peace a Chance

Craps and maps and kings
Though all of us are busy,
Please give peace a chance 





KREATOR: Violent Revolution

Society has failed
Save violent revolution
This rage has a cause





MOLOTOV SOLUTION: Injustice for All

Our lives are in stake
Justice, liberty, all dead
Authority rules





NWA*: Fuck the Police

Authority kills
They got a badge and a gun
Justice! A fuck bit!

(*It’z no Tupac Shakur but hip hop duz da rock & roll thin’ too)





OPPRESSED, THE: Anti Fascist Action  

We carry nothing
We carry only hatchets
—Let’s go, A-F-A





PAUL ROBESON: The Four Insurgent Generals

Rivers onto seas;
John, Mao, Tommy and Ivan,
Work out together!





PETE SEEGER: Which Side Are You On?

Amidst lies and scabs
Are you a union person?
Which side are you on? 





RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE: Take the Power Back

Take the power back
It’s mass militant poetry
Just hear no more lies





SAM COOKE: A Change Is Gonna Come

Life’s been always hard
But a change is gonna come
It’s been a long time





SEPULTURA: Refuse/Resist

There’s fire on the street
The foe, the army in siege
I refuse/resist





SINEAD O’CONNOR: This Is a Rebel Song

My hard Englishman
You never say you love me
Crazies kill our sons





SYSTEM OF A DOWN: B.Y.O.B.

Worry for the oil
But why do they send the poor?
Pray tell, fucking why





WOODY GUTHRIE: This Land Is Your Land

This land is your land,
Is this land for you and me?
—It was made for us.

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