Sound system gonna bring me back up
Yeah, one thing that I can depend on
Sound system gonna bring me back up
Right, one thing that I can depend on

Try to describe it to the limit of my ability
It's there for a second, then it's giving up what it used to be
Contained in music, somehow more than just sound
This inspiration coming and twisting things around
'Cause you always know that it's gonna have to go
You always know that you'll be back in the cold
Point of departure sublimated in a song
It's always coming to give me that hope for just a second then it's gone but

Sound system gonna bring me back up
Right, one thing that I can depend on
Sound system gonna bring me back up
Yeah, one thing that I can depend on

Static pulse inside of music bringing us escape
It's always temporary, changing nothing in its wake
Just a second where we're leaving all this shit behind
Just a second, but it's leaving just this much in mind
To resist despair, that second makes you see
To resist despair, 'cause you can't change everything
To resist despair, in this world is
What it is, what it is, what it is to be free

Sound system gonna bring me back up
Right, one thing that I can depend on
Sound system gonna bring me back up
Yeah, one thing that I can depend on

Hup, hup, hup, hup
Pick it up, pick it up, pick it up
Pick it up, pick it up (sound system), pick it up, pick it up, pick it up
Sound system
Sound system
Wake up, turn my box on, bust the shade, let the sun in
Times are getting tougher, 'bout time to start running
Box in my hand, music by my side
Skankin' to the rhythm of the music by my side

Sound system gonna bring me back up
Yeah, one thing that I can depend on
Sound system gonna bring me back up
Right, one thing that I can depend on
Yeah

Sound system gonna bring me back up
Right, one thing that I can depend on
Sound system gonna bring me back up
Yeah, one thing that I can depend on

Sound (sound) system (system)
Sound (sound) system (system)


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Sound System Lyrics as written by Jesse Michaels David M Mello

Lyrics © Wixen Music Publishing

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  • +2
    General Comment

    "to resist despair that second makes you see to resist despair because you cant change everything to resist despair in this world is what it is to be free"

    these have to be some of the best lines i've ever seen anywhere, let alone in great ska music. so true.

    subverted0on June 22, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    This song is about no matter how many problems you have, and how little hope you have, you can forget all of your problems and the world's problems with music. It's a great message, as is all of Op ivy's music.

    AlkalineRadioon September 21, 2002   Link
  • +2
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    This is the first song I have ever heard by Op Ivy and is the last song I want to hear before I die.

    FatJustinCantSkankon February 01, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    One of my favorite OpIvy songs...lyrically it brings me back to the mid 90s when I was doing a lot of skating and constantly had headphones in my ears. Saw Rancid play it live once and about lost it. Still get a smile when I hear my favorite line:

    ...to resist despair that second makes you see to resist despair because you cant change everything to resist despair in this world is, what it is to be free...

    clicheinsortson March 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    This song is about the jamaican sound systems. DJ's would grab a generator, turntable and some mean speakers to have their own personal dancehall. The famous Studio One was started by a Sound System DJ.

    Music is always there for us "sound system gonna bring me back up one thing that I can depend on"

    And music is his way to express himself " contained in my music somehow more than just sound, this inspiration coming and twisting things around"

    Skunkindanon January 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Point of departure sublimated in a song

    This is a reference to Buddhism and Buddha's departure to seek sublime states of mind.

    All of Operation Ivy and Rancid's music also was written about deep respect for and influenced by Jamaican ska music, especially 1950s era ska. Operation Ivy banded and disbanded in the late 1980s

    shardsofglasson December 23, 2022   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    this song is great...my fav.

    .paradox.on December 14, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    kick ass song........op ivy rules!

    Anti-Flag1081on July 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    this song is really cool. operation ivy kicks ass!

    UnwrittenMestUpGurlyon July 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Another Feel Good Song By Op Ivy

    Spade9on July 18, 2002   Link

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