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Song of the Moment: Know Your Rights

You have the right to remain silent.

Song: Know Your Rights

Album: Combat Rock

Recorded: 1982

Released: April 3, 1982

Format: 7"

Length: 3:51

Wikipedia: It was released as a single prior to the release of the album, Combat Rock, on which it appears. The song was the first single from the album. (The next single was "Should I Stay Or Should I Go?")

Charts: No. 43 on the UK Singles chart

Covers: Primal Scream covered the song as a B-side to "Kowalski" in 1997.

Pearl Jam has performed the song live many times, most notably during their Riot Act Tour in 2003. It also has been recorded on their live albums 7/11/03 - Mansfield, Massachusetts, 7/9/03 - New York, New York, and 3/3/03 - Tokyo, Japan.


This is a public service announcement
With guitar
Know your rights all three of them

Number 1
You have the right not to be killed
Murder is a CRIME!
Unless it was done by a
Policeman or aristocrat
Know your rights

And Number 2
You have the right to food money
Providing of course you
Don't mind a little
Investigation, humiliation
And if you cross your fingers

Know your rights
These are your rights

Know these rights

Number 3
You have the right to free
Speech as long as you're not
Dumb enough to actually try it.

Know your rights
These are your rights
All three of 'em
It has been suggested
In some quarters that this is not enough!

Get off the streets
Get off the streets
You don't have a home to go to

Finally then I will read you your rights

You have the right to remain silent
You are warned that anything you say
Can and will be taken down
And used as evidence against you

Listen to this

Original Single:




Mixing Part 1:


Mixing Part 2:




Pearl Jam, New York 2003:


The Aggrolites, 2007, at the premiere of Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten at the L.A. Film Festival:


See also: RP61 Loop Mix.


Previously in Song of the Moment:
* Iron Man
* The Story of Bo Diddley
* Teach Your Children
* Dream Vacation
* When The Levee Breaks
* I Kissed A Girl
* Theme From Shaft
* Rocky Mountain High
* North to Alaska
* Barracuda
* Rainy Days and Mondays
* Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?
* Baby, It's Cold Outside
* Man in the Mirror
* Birthday Sex
* Rio
* My Sharona
* Alex Chilton
* Surfin' Bird
* By The Time I Get To Arizona
* Heaven and Hell
* Sunday Bloody Sunday
* Lawless One
* Tell It Like It Is
* The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
* Lake Shore Drive
* On, Wisconsin!
* Anarchy in the U.K.
* Ballad of a Thin Man
* White Riot


See also:
* Songs of the Occupation: To Have And To Have Not
* Songs of the Occupation: Johnny 99


Comments welcome.


Posted on January 19, 2012

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