Big A little A bouncing B
The system might have got you but it won’t get me
1 2 3 4
External control are you gonna let them get you?
Do you wanna be a prisoner in the boundaries they set you?
You say you want to be yourself
By christ do you think they’ll let you?
The’re out to get you get you get you get you get you get you

Hello, hello, hello, this is the Lord God, can you hear?
Hellfire and damnation’s what I’ve got for you down there
On earth I have ambassadors. Archbishop. Vicar. Pope
We’ll blind you with morality, you’d best abandon any hope,
We’re telling you you’d better pray cos you were born in sin
Right from the start we’ll build a cell and then we’ll lock you in
We sit in holy judgement condemning those that stray
We offer our forgiveness, but first we’ll make you pay

Hello, hello, hello, now here’s a message from your queen
As figurehead of the status quo I set the social scene
I’m most concerned about my people, I want to give them peace
So I’m making sure they stay in line with my army and police
My prisons and my mental homes have ever open doors
For those amongst my subjects who dare to ask for more
Unruliness and disrespect are things I can’t allow
So I’ll see the peasants grovel if they refuse to bow

Introducing the Prime Sinister, she’s a mother to us all
Like the dutch boy’s finger in the dyke her arse is in the wall
Holding back the future waiting for the seas to part
If Moses did it with his faith, she’ll do it with an army
Who at times of threatened crisis are certain to be there
Guarding national heritage no matter what or where
Palaces for kings and queens, mansions for the rich
Protection for the wealthy, defence of privilege
They’ve learnt the ropes in Ireland, engaged in civil war
Fighting for the ruling classes in their battle against the poor
So Ireland’s just an island? It’s an island of the mind
Great Britain? Future? Bollocks, you’d better look behind
Round every other corner stands P.C. 1984
Guardian of the future, he’ll implement the law
He’s there as a grim reminder that no matter what you do
Big Brother’s system’s always there with his beady eyes on you
From God to local bobby, in home and street and school
They’ve got your name and number while you’ve just got their rule
We’ve got to look for methods to undermine those powers
It’s time to change the tables. The future must be ours.

BE exactly who you want to be, do what you want to do
I am he and she is she but you’re the only you
No one else has got your eyes, can see the things you see
It’s up to you to change your life and my life’s up to me
The problems that you suffer from are problems that you make
The shit we have to climb through is the shit we choose to take
If you don’t like the life you live, change it now it’s yours
Nothing has effect if you don’t recognise the cause
If the programme’s not the one you want, get up, turn off the set
It’s only you that can decide what life you’re gonna get
If you don’t like religion you can be the antichrist
If your tired of politics you can be an anarchist
But no one ever changed the church by pulling down a steeple
And you’ll never change the system by bombing number ten
Systems just aren’t made of bricks they’re mostly made of people
You may send them into hiding, but they’ll be back again
If you don’t like the rules they make, refuse to play their game
If you don’t want to be a number, don’t give them your name
If you don’t want to be caught out, refuse to hear their question
Silence is a virtue, use it for your own protection
They’ll try to make you play their game, refuse to show your face
Be exactly who you want to be, do what you want to do
I am he and she is she but you’re the only you

Lyrics submitted by krushzed

Big A Little A song meanings
Add your thoughts


sort form View by:
  • +2
    General CommentDo what you want to do. Be what you want to be.
    The damn song says it all. Just listen closely.
    Long_live_oi!on January 06, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIndividualism! There is no other rule how to live your life. Weak people let their life be ruled by organized religion or other gatherings which involves someones who will tell you what to do. Why don´t more people think like this; Crass and me?
    martinljunggrenon August 26, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentno comments yet? what the fuck. this is probably one of the most amazing songs in the history of punk rock. every single word of it is true. I AM HE AND SHE IS SHE BUT YOU'RE THE ONLY YOU! the best part. my friend used to always say that to me when i needed reassurance, or was tired of trying, or not fitting in or whatever. I absolutely love this song. I hung it up in my locker at school.
    truble breathingon June 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSo good
    DeadlyKaion January 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is my favorite song by Crass. It's all about being yourself in the face of society. It's about living as yourself without hurting anyone else, even though they try to hurt you. Absolutely love this song.
    GhostTigeron January 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is perfect. rejecting religion, rejecting the government, and staying true to yourself. crass started so much that they will never be credited for, and they wouldn't have it any other way. legends in their own right.
    AnarchoAtheistRudion February 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is basically about individuality. Be you, not someone who society wants you to be. and Anarcho, you are so right about that. Live on Crass and R.I.P.
    StillNotDeadon March 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the best ever songs, from one of the best ever bands!!
    sophieconnollyon June 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat this song means to me is that most of society is trying to force you into being something your not. So be yourself because its your life, and your the only one that can live it. It is all new and origional to you.
    Bones DeLargeon June 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBones DeLarge has the correct meaning for this killer song. I love it. Crass rules
    River Wolfon September 03, 2005   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top