A new Royal Family, a wild nobility, we are the family
A new Royal Family, a wild nobility, we are the family
A new Royal Family, a wild nobility, we are the family

I feel beneath the white
There is a redskin suffering
From centuries of taming

No method in our madness
Just pride about our manner
Antpeople are the warriors
Antmusic is the banner!

A new Royal Family, a wild nobility, we are the family
A new Royal Family, a wild nobility, we are the family

And even when you're healthy
And your colour schemes delight
Down below those dandy clothes
You're just a shade too white
Shade too white!
Shade too white!

I feel beneath the white
There is a redskin suffering
From centuries of taming...

I feel beneath the white
There is a redskin suffering
From centuries of taming...



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  • +2
    General Comment

    I dont think Adam Ant has any Native American in him but that's clearly what the song is about. This has to be one of the most original sounding songs I've ever heard...the African Burundi beat, mixed with Native American chants and driving 3 chord punk guitars. Kings Of the Wild Frontier is one of the most original albums recorded. Although he softened his sound and became a big hit later on in the States...Kings Of The Wild Frontier was Adams creative pinnacle.
    Last I heard he's gone completely mad...what a shame.

    MrLongroveon January 29, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Adam is 1/4 romi, i believe it is a nomadic people originating from india. He identifies with the underdog status of native americans. Underneath the white there is a more primal thirst for life.

    song1on August 21, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My Opinion

    I think that the song is about recreational use of dramamine. Dramamine is in white pills, and in "king" size (large doses) it can make the skin red.

    maxlookdjon October 05, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I feel like a killjoy but I never considered Ant to be a great lyricist. He had an awesome sound but often the lyrics seemed like an afterthought.

    chazwormon September 23, 2019   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    A totally original song. Nothing has ever sounded like this before and nothing ever will. This is the Adam & the Ants mantra and anthem.

    jimmyjango2000on November 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I love this song. The beat had me at hello when I heard it in Marie Antoinette! What a geneous!

    HoneyHamScouton April 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I don't think he's saying he's an American Indian in anyway, I think he's trying to compare the Antpeople to like that of a modern Indian tribe. That the Antmusic is their tribal music. Adam also had that whole new wave tribal Indian look going to. This is probably their best song and definately my favorite. I always envisioned guys riding around on horses in a circle while people danced in the middle when listening to the drums. Like jimmyjango2000 said this song is the bands anthem.

    jokingkongon April 19, 2007   Link
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    General Comment

    Oh I am so in love with this song! It's so unique and just awesome. To me, it's very sexual also. It's like primitive feelings and the music is intense. I agree with jokingkong. He is trying to compare himself and his band to Native Americans. The dandy clothes reference really delights me. Being a lolita, I can relate.

    sonic_leaveson June 20, 2007   Link
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    General Comment

    i dont know if this will make any sense, but when he says
    I feel beneath the white there is a redskin suffering from centuries of taming

    he means that we have wiped out the indians and they are disappearing. i dont know thats just my take on it.

    thepyrofadon July 16, 2007   Link
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    a new Royal Family a wild nobility we are the family

    -Replacing current leaders/family units will be antmusic

    I feel beneath the white there is a redskin suffering from centuries of taming

    -Feeling wild underneath your current cultural norms, like a wild thing tamed by society and new structures and standards

    "no method in our madness just pride about our maner Antpeople are the warriors Antmusic is the banner!"

    -Stop asking questions and get used to the music, it's got no purpose but to provide pleasure to others

    and even when you're healthy and your colour schemes delight down below thos dandy clothes you're just a shade too white shade too white! shade too white!

    -Even if you've adapted yourself to these new regimes, governments and societal norms, and you say you're fine and proper and wear the expected clothing, act the expected way, there's a small part of you down below that's still wild and could break loose. Stop denying it.

    I feel beneath the white there is a redskin suffering from centuries of taming...

    -Underneath us all there's a wild one, much like the Natives in the USA who were forced into "white" clothing and given guns and tamed horses with saddles, they are still wild at heart and remember the old ways. No amount of polish, government or law can supress that instinct.

    thedork-2on May 01, 2008   Link

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