"The Hunt" as written by and Robert Charles/sullivan Heaton....
We went into town on the tuesday night
Searching all the places that you hang about
We're looking for you
In the back street cellar dive drinking clubs
In the discotheques and the gaming pubs
We're looking for you
You will pay the price for my own sweet brother
And what he has become
And a hundred other boys and girls
And all that you have done

We picked up the trail at the seven crowns
One of your cronies, he was doing your rounds
We followed him
Just a silhouette figure up market pass
Where the headlamps shine on the broken glass
We followed him
Over the bridge by the old canal
Where the shadows dance on the lighted wall
He stopped to light up a cigarette
And we dived into a doorway

No police, no summons, no courts of law
No proper procedure, no rules of war
No mitigating circumstance
No lawyers fees, no second chance

There are lasses getting trouble on their own home beat
There are old folk battered in the open street
In this city of ours
There are eyes that see but say nothing at all
There are ears that hear but they don't recall
In this city of ours
So we followed your man back to your front door
And we're waiting for you outside
Cause not everybody here is scared of you
Not everybody passes on the other side

No police, no summons, no courts of law

And we could spent our whole lives waiting
For some thunderbolt to come
And we could spent our whole lives waiting
For some justice to be done
Unless we make our own

No police, no summons, no courts of law


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"The Hunt" as written by Robert Charles Heaton Justin Edward Sullivan

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    General CommentA song orignally by the seminal punk band New Model Army, and written about a vigilante gang, taking the law into their own hands seeing how their city is rife with crime and violence.
    luke_vertiison February 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMy understanding is that it's about a man and his friends tracking the drug dealer responsible for getting his brother hooked on drugs.
    karma suturedon March 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOr it could be about someone getting vengance on someone who's brother had been beaten up.
    luke_vertiison February 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe first thing I thought when I heard this song was "Cradle of Filth needs to cover this..."
    Mortanison October 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentnew model army win
    snotface2on April 13, 2007   Link
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    Song MeaningWhat's the Seven Crowns thing all about?

    I googled it and it looks like a biblical reference, but was also a gang. But in the song it seems to be a place. Anyone have any idea?
    feedbackloopon April 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe Seven Crowns sounds like a typical English pub name.
    Ad_Nauseamon March 05, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI always thought that this song was about revenging police brutality.

    One of your cronies, he was doing your rounds-Doing rounds sounds like things police do, like patrolling the city.
    There are lasses getting trouble on their own home beat
    There are old folk battered in the open street-A beat is an area and time a police patrols an area.
    Not everybody passes on the other side- the other side of the law, like citizens vs police.
    No police, no summons, no courts of law
    No proper procedure, no rules of war
    No mitigating circumstance
    No lawyers fees, no second chance
    This is expressing how they can fight, because police always have the advantage of the system.

    And we could spent our whole lives waiting
    For some justice to be done
    Unless we make our own
    This verse is about how no one else wants to put this person to justice, or is willing to. Generally, police and government officials want to catch mafiosos or drug lords, so this would make more sense if it was a police officer.

    I can see the entire drug dealer thing, but I feel like this makes some more sense. Also, the song Manifest is about the same thing, on the same album, and yes I realize it's a cover from New Model Army.
    Police brutality was bad in Brazil when Sepultura was writing, and in England when New Model Army was writing, especially under Thatcher.
    mattpunkon April 09, 2015   Link

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