"Enemy Of The System" as written by and Robert Hingley....
You used to hear a lot about him
Threw it down and he made them listen
He never cared a damn what the papers say

Suddenly he the scene he trusted
Turned him off he got disgusted
He turned his back, I heard he walked away

You see he never played the victim
And no-one dared to contradict him
At least they never said it to his face

It was '79 in london town
National front was going down
The checkerboard army ruled from coast to coast

For 20 years he carried that flag
From war to war but what hurt him bad
Was that he found out people cared about the money most

And all the vampires who call themselves fans
Were never able to understand
He was just an enemy of the system

Wow ho enemy of the system...

Years go by, the man is gone
In other worlds he soldiers on
Realize he's the one they miss the most

Let's hear it from the fair-weather friends
Who knew him well - they like to pretend
We all know that that's just an empty boast

And when they write upon his stone
There gonna have to say he did it on his own
He was just an enemy of the system

Enemy of the system?
Wow ho enemy of the system...
And when they write upon his stone
There gonna have to say he did it on his own
He was just an enemy of the system

Enemy of the system?
Enemy of the system?
Enemy of the system?
Enemy of the system?
Enemy of the system?
Enemy of the system?


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"Enemy of the System" as written by Robert Hingley

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    My InterpretationThe man in the song, the enemy of the system, seems to be metaphor for the old school ska scene. The late 70s was when most of the classic 2 tone bands came out, and most were from the UK. The 2nd wave ska attitude was similar to punk. They didn't care about money or recognition as much as just making music. That would be what the checkerboard army refers to, lasting about 20 years until the 3rd wave boom. The enemy of the system might also be a specific person who was influential during that time, but in the end it's the same idea.

    Then in the late 90s was when ska had its 15 minutes of fame, almost literally. Like any underground scene, some of the fans were upset and accusing bands of selling out and whatnot. That's probably what all the lines about caring about money are referring to. Basically the 3rd wave bands abandoned this guy, the enemy of the system (the more traditional 2 tone scene), in favor of fame and money. Personally I don't agree with that. The 90s ska bands had a different sound but there definitely wasn't any money to be made in it, and any of the bands that were lucky enough to have a hit or two, had all formed way before the mainstream was into ska.
    Snax110on August 29, 2014   Link

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