Dead Kennedys - Moral Majority - In God We Trust, Inc.
After many years of listening to this band I still have moments where I’m just blown away by them. I had such a moment on the way in to work this morning, and it occurred during this song. Lyrics below. (NSFW)
You call yourself the Moral Majority We call ourselves the people in the real world Trying to rub us out, but we’re going to survive God must be dead if you’re alive
You say, ‘God loves you. Come and buy the Good News’ Then you buy the president and swimming pools If Jesus don’t save ‘til we’re lining your pockets God must be dead if you’re alive
Circus-tent con-men and Southern belle bunnies Milk your emotions then they steal your money It’s the new dark ages with the fascists toting bibles Cheap nostalgia for the Salem Witch Trials
Stodgy ayatollahs in their dobble-knit ties Burn lots of books so they can feed you their lies Masturbating with a flag and a bible God must be dead if you’re alive
Blow it out your ass, Jerry Falwell Blow it out your ass, Jesse Helms Blow it out your ass, Ronald Reagan What’s wrong with a mind of my own?
You don’t want abortions, you want battered children You want to ban the pill as if that solves the problem Now you wanna force us to pray in school God must be dead if you’re such a fool
You’re planning for a war with or without Iran Building a police state with the Ku Klux Klan Pissed at your neighbor? Don’t bother to nag Pick up the phone and turn in a fag
Blow it out your ass, Terry Dolan Blow it out your ass, Phyllis Schlafly Ram it up your cunt, Anita Cos God must be dead If you’re alive God must be dead If you’re alive
I have a hard time picking a favorite song on this LP because it was one of my favorites circa ‘94 - ‘95. I’m not sure how well they did outside of my own local scene, but they often seemed completely missed by many people. Maybe their thunder was stolen by the incredible amount of good music being generated during those years?
Anyway, I still have the shirt (that’s two sizes too big for me) I bought after a show around the time of this album.