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Updated: July 1, 2012 12:21PM

Tom Morello, the Rage Against the Machine guitarist adopted by the Occupy movement, serenaded hundreds of nurses at a rally they held Friday afternoon in Daley Plaza.

The native of north suburban Libertyville altered the words of his song “One-Man Revolution” to take shots at Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who revoked National Nurses United’s permit to march after they booked Morello to sing — though the city eventually relented and allowed the rally.

“I know damn well I’m welcome in Chicago, Ill.” he said.

“The mayor’s office tried to shut this whole thing down,” he said. “How ridiculous for the mayor’s office to think I would do anything to hurt Chicago? Chicago is my favorite city on the whole world.”

Morello had the crowd hanging on his every word.

“It is appropriate to cheer loudly now” he told them during the bridge of one song. “Fists in the air, fists in the air, fists in the air, f--- yeah!” he hollered at the end of “Union Song.”

Morello called Bruce Springsteen the “only Boss worth listening to” as he launched an electric cover of Springsteen’s “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” saying, “There’s no way I’m not going to play a screaming solo in the shadow of the Picasso.”

To end the “radical yet peaceful rally in the heart of downtown Chicago,” Morello crammed the small stage with as many bodies as he could to sing three of the cheekier “secret, censored” verses of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land”.

He dubbed one — and only one — of the onstage group the official videographer and scolded the rest to put their phones and cameras down.

“This isn’t happening on a small screen,” he told them. “This is happening right here.”

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