"System..." as written by Chris Batten, Liam Rory Clewlow, Robert Rolfe and Roughton Reynolds....
There was a house in a field on the side of a cliff
And the waves crashing below were just said to be a myth
So they ignore the warnings from the ships in the docks
Now the house on the cliff is the wreckage on the rocks

There was a house in a field on the side of a cliff
And the waves crashing below were just said to be a myth
So they ignore the warnings from the ships in the docks
Now the house on the cliff is the wreckage on the rocks

Nothing can fix the building's flawed foundation
The scaffolding and stalks were the laws and legislation
This house was doomed, but they didn't care
They'd invested in the system that was beyond repair

When I was little
I dressed up as an astronaut, and explored outer-space
I dressed up as a superhero, and ran about the place
I dressed up as a fireman, and rescued those in need
I dressed up as a doctor, and cured every disease

It was crystal clear to me back then that the only problems that I could face
Would be the same problems that affect us all
But of course this sense of common existence was sucked out of me in an instance
As if from birth I could walk but I was forced to crawl

So this an exciting time, to be alive
Our generation's gotta fight, to survive
It's in your hands now, there's no time
Our future, our future


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"System..." as written by Liam Rory Clewlow Chris Batten

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    General CommentThe initial part of the song seems to refer to the Global Financial Crisis- the house on he edge of the cliff being a metaphor for the risky lending strategies, and the waves being the impending crisis attacking the cliff, and bringing down with it the entire system. The ships are the institutions which could forsee the crisis, but were largely ignored.

    Later on in the song, a mention of a child's imagination in persuing through play the careers which a child aspires to.

    Ending on the note that fighting against the system is the way to ensure our lives can seek these exciting times.
    glw888on January 19, 2012   Link
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    General CommentJust a couple small mistakes:
    "Nothing can fix" is "Nothing could fix"
    "So this is such exciting times TO BE ALIVE" is "So this is such an exciting time to be alive"
    "There's still time" is "Whose future?"
    geehaveplutoon January 23, 2012   Link

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