crass-picture-13-1200x480I you think about anarchism and music you think about punk, if I think about punk I think about Crass.

The lyrics might not always be refined  but they come straight from the heard and are in essence not different than a pamphlet from a revolutionary anarchist from the 19th century or more learned books from the twentieth century.

I will show here parts of some lyrics that speak to me with links to youtube if you like to listen to it.

Bloody revolution

You talk about your revolution, well, that’s fine

But what are you going to be doing come the time?

Are you going to be the big man with the tommy-gun?

Will you talk of freedom when the blood begins to run?

Well, freedom has no value if violence is the price

Don’t want your revolution, I want anarchy and peace

You talk of overthrowing power with violence as your tool

You speak of liberation and when the people rule

Well ain’t it people rule right now, what difference would there be?

Just another set of bigots with their rifle-sights on me

But what about those people who don’t want your new restrictions?

Those that disagree with you and have their own convictions?

You say they’ve got it wrong because they don’t agree with you

So when the revolution comes you’ll have to run them through

You say that revolution will bring freedom for us all

Well freedom just ain’t freedom when your back’s against the wall

You talk of overthrowing power with violence as your tool

You speak of liberation and when the people rule

Well ain’t it people rule right now, what difference would there be?

Just another set of bigots with their rifle-sights on me

Will you indoctrinate the masses to serve your new regime?

And simply do away with those whose views are too extreme?

Transportation details could be left to British rail

Where Zyklon B succeeded, North Sea Gas will fail

It’s just the same old story of man destroying man

We’ve got to look for other answers to the problems of this land

Bata motel

I’ve got 54321

I’ve got a red pair of high-heels on

Tumble me over, it doesn’t take much

Tumble me over, tumble me, push

In my red high-heels I’ve no control

The rituals of repression are so old

You can do what you like, there’ll be no reprisal

I’m yours, yes I’m yours, it’s my means of survival

I’ve got 54321

Come on my love, I know you’re strong

Push me hard, make me stagger

The pain in my back just doesn’t matter

You force-hold me above the ground

I can’t get away, my feet are bound

So I’m bound to say

That I’m bound to stay

Well today I look so good

Just like I know I should

My breasts to tempt inside my bra

My face is painted like a movie star

I’ve studied my flaws in your reflection

And put them to rights with savage correction

I’ve turned my statuesque perfection

And shone it over in your direction

So come on darling, make me yours

Trip me over, show me the floor

Tease me, tease me, make me stay

In my red high-heels I can’t get away

I’m trussed and bound like an oven ready bird

But I bleed without dying and won’t say a word

Slice my flesh and I’ll ride the scar

Put me into gear like your lady car

Drive me fast and crash me crazy

I’ll rise from the wreckage as fresh as a daisy

These wounds leave furrows as they heal

I’ve travelled them, they’re red and real

I know them well, they’re part of me

My birth, my sex, my history

They grew with me, my closest friend

My pain’s my own, my pain’s my end

Clip my wings so you know where I am

I can’t get lost while you’re my man

Tame me so I know your call

I’ve stabbed my heels so I am tall

I’ve bound my twisted falling fall

Beautiful mute against the wall

Beautifully mutilated as I fall

Use me don’t lose me…

Big A Little A

…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 effects 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

If you don’t want to be beaten down, refuse to join their race

Be exactly who you want to be, do what you want to do

I am he and she is she but you’re they only you


Crass were an English art collective and punk rock band formed in 1977 who promoted anarchism as a political ideology, a way of life and a resistance movement. Crass popularised the anarcho-punk movement of the punk subculture, advocating direct action, animal rights, feminism, anti-fascism, and environmentalism. The band used and advocated a DIY ethic approach to its albums, sound collages, leaflets, and films.

Crass spray-painted stencilled graffiti messages in the London Underground system and on advertising billboards, coordinated squats and organised political action. The band expressed its ideals by dressing in black, military-surplus-style clothing and using a stage backdrop amalgamating icons of perceived authority such as the Christian cross, the swastika, the Union Jack and the ouroboros.

The band was critical of the punk subculture and youth culture in general. Nevertheless, the anarchist ideas that they promoted have maintained a presence in punk. Due to their free experimentation and use of tape collages, graphics, spoken word releases, poetry and improvisation, they have been associated with avant-punk and art punk.

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