"West End Riot" as written by and Christopher John Cheney....
There's a kid who was born and was raised in the west
There's a kid from the east who never really fit in with the rest
Every week they would meet in the street with their friends
With the guns that they made and the caps that they stole they would fight to
Their death
This time we'll have victory
Last time ended in a defeat
Our town becomes a battleground
West End Riot
We'll be here next Saturday
With our guns and our heads held high
So listen up boys, you'd better not cry this time
See a bum on the street that you think you recognise
Young kid never looked so bad, when he was only 4ft high
Six o'clock runnin' home I don't wanna be late
Another Saturday of sun and war shared with our mates
Boys will be boys playing up and making lots of noise
Never used to talk about the future
Never thought that we'd have to care
So west end riot!
There's a man who was born in the west workin' at a factory
There's a man from the east who know runs the whole company
How they've grown on their own not like the kids they used to be
Saturdays of sun and war are just fond memories

Lyrics submitted by WrathofCarnage

"West End Riot" as written by Chris Cheney

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  • +1
    General CommentIt's about differences between eastern and western suburbs in Melbourne's inner city. :)
    zyxion December 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentahhhh childhood memories!!!
    heyjohnnyparkon July 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGREAT SONG!!!
    badreligionpigeonon March 25, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTHe song Roll on is not about a riot(most people i know think it is)its about growing up and when you look back like your not freinds w. certain people becuase of their place in society.
    UnitedWeFallon April 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've never heard anyone say that this song is about a riot...it's pretty obvious what it's about.
    WayneSaysYeson May 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnice song from a even betta band
    wassupmyhappyon December 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttwo cliques that despise each other
    Paul Stanley roxon July 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti kind of agree with zyxi, but i don't think the suburbs are the inner city suburbs. eastern suburbs like kew, camberwell, toorak and hawthorn are wealthy, and are home to melbourne's influential. western suburbs, however, are portrayed as working class. UnitedWeFall is also correct, kids will play with any other kid, regardless of social status. however as they age, social status becomes evident to them, so they will discriminate based on that.
    the last verse really shows what i'm trying to explain:

    "There’s a man who was born in the West workin’ at a factory
    There’s a man from the East who know runs the whole company
    How they’ve grown on their own not like the kids they used to be
    Saturdays of sun and war are just fond memories"

    east = big CEO's
    west = labourers
    might have been friends as kids, but now they're in opposite social classes
    that's my two cents worth anyway :)

    insane_canineon December 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentInsane Canine is right, the song is about two kids from different sides of Melbourne that are friends as kids but get swallowed up in the cliques and social classes thereby becoming enemies.
    Unotuchableon December 02, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General Commenti was under the impression that it was about war and all the innocent children that fight in them
    kikiwon August 24, 2005   Link

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