"ill Manors" as written by Benjamin Paul Ballance-drew, Dmitrij Dmitrievich Shostakovich, Vincent Von Schlippenbach, Pierre Baigorry, David Conen and Alexander William Shuckburgh....
Let’s all go on an urban safari
We might see some illegal migrants
Oi look there’s a chav
That means council housed and violent
He’s got a hoodie on give him a hug
On second thoughts don’t you don’t wanna get mugged
Oh shit too late that was kinda dumb
Whose idea was that stupid

He’s got some front, ain’t we all
Be the joker, play the fool
What’s politics, ain’t it all
Smoke and mirrors, April fools
All year round, all in all
Just another brick in the wall
Get away with murder in the schools
Use four letter swear words coz we’re cool

We’re all drinkers, drug takers
Every single one of us buns the herb
Keep on believing what you read in the papers
Council estate kids, scum of the earth
Think you know how life on a council estate is
From everything you’ve ever read about it or heard
Well it’s all true, so stay where you’re safest
There’s no need to step foot out the ‘burbs
Truth is here, we’re all disturbed
We cheat and lie its so absurd
Feed the fear that’s what we’ve learned
Fuel the fire
Let it burn

Oi! I said Oi
What you looking at you little rich boy
We’re poor ’round here, run home and lock your door
Don’t come ’round here no more, you could get robbed for
Real (yeah) because my manor's ill

My manor's ill
For real
Yeah you know my manor's ill, my manor's ill

You could get lost in this concrete jungle
New builds keep springing up outta nowhere
Take the wrong turn down a one way junction
Find yourself in the hood nobody goes there

We got an Eco-friendly government
They preserve our natural habitat
Built an entire Olympic village
Around where we live without pulling down any flats
Give us free money and we don’t pay any tax
NHS healthcare, yes please many thanks
People get stabbed round here there’s many shanks
Nice knowing someone’s got our backs when we get attacked
Don’t bloody give me that
I’ll lose my temper
Who closed down the community center?
I kill time there used to be a member
What will I do now ’til September?
Schools out, rules out, get your bloody tools out
London’s burning, I predict a riot
Fall in fall out
Who knows what it’s all about
What did that chief say? Something bout the kaisers
Kids on the street no they never miss a beat
Never miss a cheap thrill when it comes their way
Let’s go looting
No not Luton
The high street’s closer cover your face
And if we see any rich kids on the way we’ll make ‘em wish they stayed inside
There’s a charge for congestion, everybody’s gotta pay
Do what Boris does rob them blind

Oi! I said Oi
What you looking at you little rich boy
We’re poor ’round here, run home and lock your door
Don’t come ’round here no more, you could get robbed for
Real (yeah) because my manor's ill

My manor's ill
For real
Yeah you know my manor's ill, my manor's ill

We’ve had it with you politicians
you bloody rich kids never listen
There’s no such thing as broken Britain
We’re just bloody broke in Britain
What needs fixing is the system
Not shop windows down in Brixton
Riots on the television
You can’t put us all in prison
Oi! I said Oi
What you looking at you little rich boy
We’re poor ’round here, run home and lock your door
Don’t come ’round here no more, you could get robbed for
Real (yeah) because my manor's ill

My manor's ill
For real
Yeah you know my manor's ill , my manor's ill


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"Ill Manors" as written by Dmitrij Dmitrievich Shostakovich Benjamin Paul Ballance-drew

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    My InterpretationI think this is a song about class distinction in modern Britain and how the divide is getting greater in this current economic climate and as a result this is one of the catalysts that sparked the August 2011 riots.
    There are a number of Stereotypes in society, the hoody with a knife, the rich boy politician, they are both out of touch with each other. There is a class divide and I think the song is saying that even though the government think they are helping society or at least appear to be, young ones are bored and no one cares about them, shown in the line “Who closed down the community centre?, I kill time there used to be a member.
    IanMorrison April 13, 2012   Link
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    General CommentPlan B's statement about this song time4planb.co.uk/statement/:

    The world, and this country especially, is full of contradictions. I’m just highlighting them, I’m not condoning anything. I aired my feelings about the riots very publicly when they happened and I still feel the same way.

    What happened in Tottenham in some ways I can understand but what happened everywhere else in the country was opportunism. I won’t justify it because I don't agree with it. In fact it upset me so much I want to change it, so I wrote this song to bring the issue back to the forefront of public conversation. I feel it has been swept under the carpet and forgotten about, and it still needs to be properly addressed.

    Since the riots happened I haven't heard enough people within the public sector asking the two most important questions; 'why did it happen and how can we prevent it from happening again?' I do have a theory as to why and how but first I need to make my point. And I’ve chosen satire to do so.

    The point being made in my song ‘ill Manors’ is that society needs to take some responsibility for the cause of these riots. Why are there so many kids in this country that don't feel they have a future, or care about having a criminal record?

    I think one of the reasons is that there is a very public prejudice in this country towards the underclass. These kids are ridiculed in the press as they aren't as educated as others, because they talk and dress in a certain way... but they're not as stupid as people think. They are aware of the ill feelings towards them and that makes them feel alienated. I know because I felt it myself growing up. These kids have been beaten into apathy. They don't care about society because society has made it very clear that it doesn’t care about them.

    An example of this is the word ‘chav’ that means council housed and violent, a derogatory phrase that is openly used by certain sectors of middle England to label and define people from poor backgrounds. It’s a derogatory phrase no different in my opinion to the ones concerning race or sex. The difference is that the papers use it publicly. If they did the same with racial or sexist derogatory terms it would be deemed, and rightly so, as offensive and politically incorrect.
    That in my opinion is hypocrisy.

    If you're born into a family that’s has enough money to educate you properly, you are privileged. You’re not better than anyone else you’re just lucky. Certain sectors of middle England, not all of them, but the ignorant ones need to wake up and realise that ...and stop ridiculing the poor and less fortunate. That is what this song is about.
    msmand75on July 02, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI really like this song. It makes me want to riot like a street dancer.
    lifethriceon July 31, 2012   Link

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