"Suspect Device" as written by Jake Burns and Gordon Archer Ogilvie....
Inflammable material, planted in my head
It's a suspect device that's left two thousand dead
Their solutions are our problems
They put up the wall
On each side, time and prime us
Make sure we get fuck all
They play their games of power
They cut and mark the pack
They deal us to the bottom
But what do they put back?

Don't believe them
Don't believe them
Don't be bitten twice
You gotta suss, suss, suss, suss, suss, suss
Suss, suspect device

They take away our freedom
In the name of liberty
Why can't they all just clear off
Why can't they let us be
They make us feel indebted
For saving us from hell
And then they put us through it
It's time the bastards fell

Don't believe them
Don't believe them
Don't be bitten twice
You gotta suss, suss, suss, suss, suss, suss
Suss, suspect device

Don't believe them
Don't believe them
I tell ya, question everything you're told
Just take a look around you
At the bitterness and spite
Why can't we take over and try to put it right?

Please don't believe us
Don't believe us
Don't be bitten twice
You gotta suss, suss, suss, suss, suss, suss
Suss, suspect device

We're a suspect device if we do what we're told
But a suspect device can score an own goal
I'm a suspect device the Army can't defuse
You're a suspect device they know they can't refuse
We're gonna blow up in their face!


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"Suspect Device" as written by Gordon Archer Ogilvie Jake Burns

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  • +1
    General CommentWhat a great fucking song. Definitely SLF's best, these guys are pissed off and sick of the system. Their message is clear and meant to be followed. Note: The orignal version is much better than the single.
    Ghost C2Con December 11, 2005   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaningwell, since slf came about in northern ireland in the late 1970's, so this song is probably about the violent conflict between nationalist (mostly catholic) and union factions (mostly protestant).

    "They put up the wall"

    referring to the peace lines, a series of walls separating catholic and protestant neighborhoods in several cities in northern ireland.

    "They take away our freedom
    In the name of liberty
    Why don't they all just clear off
    Why won't they let us be
    They make us feel indebted
    For saving us from hell
    And then they put us through it
    It's time the bastards fell"

    I'm not sure which side they're taking, nationalist or unionist. it could go either way or even neither way.

    russrebellionon April 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFirst time I ever heard this song, it was in a bootleg video and the Casualties were covering it. I was 14 and "punk as fuck" and I got so excited I nearly pissed my pants. This song is excellent and always brings those feelings back to me- brings me back to when music meant everything to me.
    LoganNYCon November 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI was 15, me and my mate stu were dogging school, drinking home made wine and razzin' around the local dirt roads on a Yamaha dirt bike. I really felt pumped up, anti establishment and punking mental. It's no co-incidence that we pushed and kicked a workmen's Portaloo down a railway embankment while we were particularly strung out on one mission.
    pretiumon January 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWoW man, so few comments on a brilliant song. i love how its so straightforward, no bull sh*t. This song tuned me into the punk of the 70's, new york and uk: clash, ramones, pistols, new york dolls, blondie, iggy pop, patti smith, richard hell, all of it. When i heard this song, little over a year ago, it got me to thinking, the government really doesnt help us, it helps the rich and ditches the poor!

    socialism my friends! the way of perfection
    shenlong152on June 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe government can't possibly take care of everyone's little problems. Stop whining and do something about it yourself
    Soldier_of_Funkon June 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou guys are lucky the first SLF song I heard was Can't get away with that *shudders* it alsmot turned me off but then I head this song and its fucking amazing.
    Violentpacifiston August 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe government can't take care of everyone's little problems? Well, im glad then that they pour their efforts into a useless war and play with american lives like they were nothing. Certainly the benefit of the rich and powerful is far more importnat than dealing with actual problems at home.
    criz226on June 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, all you have to do is listen to it once and you'll understand its meaning.
    Dixierecton June 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWith elections coming up in November the words:
    "They take away our freedom in the name of liberty"
    Keep ringing in my ears.

    If you want the government to solve problems then you don't understand punk.
    reconcileon August 23, 2012   Link

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