Wretches and Kings

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Wretches and Kings
A Thousand SunsLP.jpg
Album A Thousand Suns
Length 4:15
Genre Industrial Hip-Hop
Rap Rock
Label Warner Bros.
Tempo 90 BPM
Key A major
Producer Rick Rubin
Mike Shinoda
Official Remix Wretches and Kings (Get Busy Committee Remix)
Wretches and Kings (HavocNdeeD Remix)
Wretches and Kings (zwieR.Z. Remix)
Wretches and Kings (Xefuzion Remix)
Live 2010 - 2011

Wretches and Kings is the tenth track on Linkin Park's A Thousand Suns and the second song to be debuted to any members of the public. The song will be used as the backdrop for EA's opening sequence in MMA and has also been featured as part of a "Linkin Park Track Pack" Downloadable Content piece for Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. This track features a speech called "Bodies upon the gears" by Mario Savio.

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[edit] Releases

[edit] Promotion

It was first obtainable on September 2nd, 2010, at 10:05 AM PDT for people who had pre-ordered the album though Linkin Park's official online website, and streamable several hours later on Noisecreep

[edit] Live

Wretches and Kings has been played in all Linkin Park shows since release. It has opened many shows, following "The Requiem". Sometimes, the Mario Savio speech will be played directly after The Requiem, but will lead into a different song instead of Wretches and Kings.

[edit] Remix

Los Angeles rap group Get Busy Committee remixed this track, which is produced by Scoop DeVille. The GBC remix appeared on Apathy's third It's the Bootleg, Muthafuckas! compilation installment It's the Bootleg, Muthafuckas! Vol. 3: Fire Walk With Me, which was released on September 11, 2012, titling it as "Wretches [Remix]". HavocNdeeD made a remix for this song featuring Chuck D of Public Enemy. The remix is available for free at SoundCloud.

[edit] Lyrics

“There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop.”
- Mario Savio

To save face / how low can you go?
Take a lot of game, but, yet, you don't know
Static on the way / make us all say, whoa
The people up top push the people down now
Get down / and obey every word
Steady gettin' mine if you haven't yet heard
Wanna take what I got? Don't be absurd
Don't / fight the power / nobody gets hurt
If you haven't heard yet, then, I'm lettin' you know
There ain't shit we don't run when the guns unload
And no-one make a move unless my people say so
Got everything out of control / now, everybody go

Steel unload / final blow
We, the animals, take control
Hear us now / clear and true
Wretches and kings, we come for you

So keep pace / how slow can you go?
Talk a lot of shit, and, yet, you don't know
Fire on the way / make you all say, whoa
The people up top and the people down low
Get down / and I'm runnin' it like that
The front of the attack is exactly where I'm at
Somewhere in-between the kick and hi-hat
The pen and the contract / the pitch and the contact
So get with the combat / I'm lettin' 'em know
There ain't shit you can say to make me back down, no
So / push the button / let the whole thing blow
Spinnin' everything out of control / now, everybody go

Steel unload / final blow
We, the animals, take control
Hear us now / clear and true
Wretches and kings, we come for you
 
Steel unload / fire blow
Filthy animals / beat them low
Skin and bone / black and blue
No more this sun shall beat onto you

From the front to the back and the side-to-side
If you fear what I feel, put 'em up real high
Front to the back and the side-to-side
If you fear what I feel, put 'em up real high
Front to the back and the side-to-side
If you fear what I feel, put 'em up real high
Front to the back and the side-to-side
If you fear what I feel, put 'em up real high
Front to the back and the side-to-side
If you fear what I feel, put 'em up real high
Front to the back and the side-to-side
If you fear what I feel, put 'em up real high

“There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!”

- Mario Savio

A Thousand Suns
Songs The Requiem, The Radiance, Burning in the Skies, Empty Spaces, When They Come For Me, Robot Boy, Jornada Del Muerto, Waiting For the End, Blackout, Wretches and Kings, Wisdom, Justice, and Love, Iridescent, Fallout, The Catalyst, The Messenger
People Involved Linkin Park, Rick Rubin
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