"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.

But suddenly the scene he trusted
Turned him off, he got disgusted.
I heard 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.

'79 in London town,
National front was going down.
The checkerboard army ruled from coast to coast.

Twenty years he carried that flag
From war to war, but what hurt him bad
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.

Woah-oh enemy of the system...

Years go by, the man is gone,
In other worlds he soldiers on.
And they realise 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.

Woah-oh 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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    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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