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To Be Governed

This song is by Rome and appears on the album Die Æsthetik Der Herrschaftsfreiheit (2011).

To be governed
Is to be watched over, inspected, spied on, directed
Legislated, regimented, closed in, indoctrinated

To be governed
Is to be preached at, controlled, assessed
Evaluated, Censored, Commanded
All by creatures that have neither the right, nor wisdom, nor virtue

To be governed means that at every move,
At every operation or transaction
One is noted, registered, taxed, stamped, priced, licensed, informed,
Authorized, admonished, prevented, reformed, set right, corrected

Government means to be subjected to tribute, ransom, exploited,
Monopolized, extorted, pressured, robbed
All in the name of public utility and the general good
Then, at the first sign of resistance, or word of complaint
One is repressed, fined, despised, pursued, hassled, beaten up,
Garroted, imprisoned, shot, judged, sentenced, deported,
Sacrificed, sold, betrayed
And to cap it all, ridiculed, mocked, and dishonored

And that is government,
That is its justice?
And its morality?

That is is government
That, its justice
And its morality

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