And it all went quiet in the city
And the wind blew down the road
Someone cried out "Subvert"
And the people all went cold

Subvert, subvert, subvert, SUBVERT
Meanwhile back in Subvert City
Someone's writing on the wall
"Fuck the government" spray-paint hero

Someone wants the state to fall
Religious dogma crucified
Ritual slaughter, no one lied
Living standards were dying morals

A state-controlled mass suicide
The dying breed of Subvert City
Crept into the underground
The state police just left them there

Blocked the holes, and gassed them down
Ten years later they emerged
Mutated minds so full of hate
Tried again to change the system

But this time round it was too late
There was no system left to change
The people ran the entire land
The subverts became politicians

And finally got the upper hand
Meanwhile back in Subvert City
Someone's writing on the wall
"Fuck the government" spray-paint hero

But in Subvert City, it's subvert rule
Subvert, subvert, subvert, SUBVERT

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    General CommentThis song isn't about how there's no way to establish an democratic system. But rather saying the power is the reason of the oppression and that's what we gotta take away in order to create an truly democratic system, with power there will always come and be oppression. In this song the once oppressed (subverts) took the power i think, but all it did was change who was oppressed really. And well this has happened and always happens in reality too really, soviet and the communists e.t.c. is an good example of this through history in real life.
    St.Catastropheon October 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentpossibly about a cycle of civil war/government overthrow...when "the people" rise up, some new cabal will emerge from the former subverts and take control...there's no way to estabish a truly fair and democratic system.
    floating_eyeon June 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentso how is it possible to prevent these power structures that cause oppression from emerging within any given society (if we could demolish them in the first place)? Even in anarchy, wouldn't small power concentrations form and gradually expand?
    floating_eyeon December 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDo you mean that even in anarchy, governments, or some other source of power would develop?
    johnnybagelson January 14, 2007   Link
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    Perfect explanation of the meaning.
    Markyb22on February 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWell I think St.Catastrophe has summed up what I also think the meaning is.... Great song! Probably one of the gratest punk songs ever. Def IMO the Subhumans best song. I can play this song over and over, it never grows old and will always stay relevant. Kudos to you Subhumans!! 10/10
    Tricky1979on April 16, 2012   Link

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