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Dead Kennedys: Kill the Poor Meaning


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Song Released: 1980

Kill the Poor Lyrics

Efficiency and progress is ours once more
Now that we have the Neutron bomb
It's nice and quick and clean and gets things done
Away with excess enemy
But no less value to property
No sense in war but perfect sense at home:

The sun beams...

  1. anonymous
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    Feb 23rd 2017 report

    I'm rich, and unfortunately this all true.
    My dad talks about it all the time how he is going to get everyone back, because of some poor person (a projectionist), for splicing Russian porn into reverse phys-ops operation ET.

  2. anonymous
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    May 10th 2011 report

    Good interpretation above...

    I would just add that there is also a level of using the military and the ruse of "war" as a cleansing agent to get rid of those dirty poor people.

    See...this way. the rich get to solve two problems....they get to make money off of war profiteering and by snatching up another nations resources...AND they get to wipe out alot of poor people that they might have to provide some services for.

    This is a running theme in all Dead Kennedy's songs. The Rich are evil and are always planning to screw you (which they are).

    I will give full credit to the Dead Kennedy's of making me the mistrusting and cynical person I am today...THANK YOU Mr. Biafra.


  3. anonymous
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    Apr 23rd 2008 report

    This song is a satire, similar to Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal," in which the author suggests that the "solution" to the Irish poor "problem" was to eat all the infants. This song is a modern version of that. Our country is perfect, except for those damn poor people we just can't seem to get rid of. So, let's kill them!

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