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Bleed for Me (Dead Kennedys song)

Bleed for Me (B-side "Life Sentence") was the sixth single by punk rock band Dead Kennedys. It was released in July of 1982 on Alternative Tentacles. The music is cold and intimidating, and the lyrics describe kidnappings and torture carried out by a secret police (presumably the Central Intelligence Agency). There follows a bridge, then the music becomes light and almost cheerful as the lyrics describe US foreign policy as utilizing murderous dictatorships to secure economic concessions that favor American corporations.

"Bleed for Me" also plays in the background of the Dead Kennedys' song "Kinky Sex (Makes the World Go 'Round)," in which an aide for the Reagan White House arranges World War III on the phone with Margaret Thatcher, who moans erotically at every new atrocity; this track may be a reference to the Thatchergate tape. The song was also performed for the film Urgh! A Music War, with a different bridge about Rosalynn Carter.

The song has also been covered by many bands, most notably Pearl Jam who have brought out the song for their most recent tours, substituting the lyric "cowboy Ronnie" for the more time-appropriate "cowboy Georgie", in reference to the current president of the United States.

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