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Rise Up
The Skints Lyrics


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Well Forest Gate was in my heart,
Manor Park was in my arteries,
I guess after all the parties Walthamstow’s become a part of me.
And bunnin’ all this Woodford Green has made me Chingford Hatch
a plan, so yeah man, I will be Leytonstone’d but at least I will know where I stand
and I dunno about the Rio Grande, but I’ll tell you bout the River Thames,
and I’ve never been to Montego Bay, but I’ll tell ya about the Ilford ends.
And on the real fam, man I deal with friends and I’ll never put a Dagenham,
and yes I will go Barking mad if the people start attacking ‘em and I Wanstead on my own,
but they now there is a crew of us,
so watch out you don’t get Clapton Road,
if you man out to slew and duss, and big enough for the two of us, this town don’t seem to be,
been up and down the Lea Bridge strip like each and every week singing…

The Skints we are gonna kill you inna this here time.

(We are the roughneck scouts)

The Skints we are gonna kill you inna this here time.

(Dis ah the wickedest sound)

The Skints we are gonna kill you inna this here time.

(We are the roughneck scouts)

The Skints we are gonna kill you inna this here time.

(Dis ah the wickedest sound)

So I bet you think you’re rougher than them, tougher than them,
see you dying to cry cause I play you like instrument, calling out the mandem,
cause man can’t understand them, I tread on the level because nowhere is where I can’t step.
I bet you think you’re knowing how to fight for survival,
living off the government and pray from the bible.
I bet you think you know about the roots but it’s no rival.
I’m rocking the baroque, larking with Bach, I’m analysing!

I tell them “Rise up! Me ah listen good music inna evening, until the morning time.
Rise up!
Me ah dance ah Reggae music inna midnight, until the sun start shine.
Rise up!
Me ah listen good music inna evening, until the morning time.
Rise up!
Me ah dance ah Reggae music inna midnight, until the sun start shine".

Overall Meaning

In "Rise Up" by The Skints, the lyrics describe a strong sense of connection and pride to the different neighborhoods and communities of East London. The opening lines refer to Forest Gate, Manor Park, and Walthamstow, highlighting the personal connection the speaker has to these areas, and how they have become a part of him. The song goes on to reference other neighborhoods, such as Chingford Hatch, Leytonstone, and Dagenham, showing that the speaker is intimately familiar with the geography of the area.


While celebrating the diversity of East London, the lyrics also express a sense of pride in being a part of a crew of friends who support each other. The mention of "roughneck scouts" and "wickedest sound" speaks to the speaker's involvement in the music scene as well, highlighting the way that music can bring people together and create a sense of community.


Line by Line Meaning

Well Forest Gate was in my heart,
Forest Gate has a special place in my heart


Manor Park was in my arteries,
Manor Park is a vital part of my life


I guess after all the parties Walthamstow’s become a part of me.
After spending so much time partying in Walthamstow, it now feels like home to me


And bunnin’ all this Woodford Green has made me Chingford Hatch
Smoking weed in Woodford Green has turned me into a regular in Chingford Hatch


a plan, so yeah man, I will be Leytonstone’d but at least I will know where I stand
I have a plan for my future and even if it means settling down in Leytonstone, I will know where I stand


and I dunno about the Rio Grande, but I’ll tell you bout the River Thames,
I may not know about other rivers like the Rio Grande, but I can tell you about the River Thames


and I’ve never been to Montego Bay, but I’ll tell ya about the Ilford ends.
I may not have been to Montego Bay in Jamaica, but I can tell you about the ends of Ilford


And on the real fam, man I deal with friends and I’ll never put a Dagenham,
I am loyal to my real friends and I would never betray someone from Dagenham


and yes I will go Barking mad if the people start attacking ‘em and I Wanstead on my own,
I will go crazy if anyone attacks my friends from Barking and even if I have to be alone, I will stand up for them


but they now there is a crew of us,
My friends and I are a crew and we watch each other's backs


so watch out you don’t get Clapton Road,
Be careful not to mess with us on Clapton Road


if you man out to slew and duss, and big enough for the two of us, this town don’t seem to be,
If you're looking for trouble and are confident enough to take on both of us, you're underestimating this town


been up and down the Lea Bridge strip like each and every week singing…
We have been on Lea Bridge strip every week, singing and having a good time


The Skints we are gonna kill you inna this here time.
We are the roughneck scouts and we are going to take over


Dis ah the wickedest sound
This is the most awesome music


So I bet you think you’re rougher than them, tougher than them,
I bet you think you're tougher than my crew


see you dying to cry cause I play you like instrument, calling out the mandem,
You are helpless, I control you like an instrument, and I am calling out my crew


cause man can’t understand them, I tread on the level because nowhere is where I can’t step.
People don't understand us, but I am always prepared for any situation


I bet you think you’re knowing how to fight for survival, living off the government and pray from the bible.
You may think you know how to survive, living off the government and praying from the bible


I bet you think you know about the roots but it’s no rival. I’m rocking the baroque, larking with Bach, I’m analysing!
You may think you know about the roots of reggae music, but I have a deep understanding and appreciation of all types of music


I tell them “Rise up! Me ah listen good music inna evening, until the morning time.
I encourage everyone to rise up and enjoy good music from the evening until the morning


Me ah dance ah Reggae music inna midnight, until the sun start shine.
I dance to reggae music in the midnight until the sun comes up




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Lyrics
Well Forest Gate was in my heart,
Manor Park was in my arteries,
I guess after all the parties Walthamstow's become a part of me.
And bunnin' all this Woodford Green has made me Chingford Hatch
A plan, so yeah man, I will be Leytonstone'd but at least I will know where I stand
And I dunno about the Rio Grande, but I'll tell you bout the River Thames,
And I've never been to Montego Bay, but I'll tell ya about the Ilford ends.
And on the real fam, man I deal with friends and I'll never put a Dagenham,
And yes I will go Barking mad if the people start attacking 'em and I Wanstead on my own,
But they now there is a crew of us,
So watch out you don't get Clapton Road,
If you man out to slew and duss, and big enough for the two of us, this town don't seem to be,
Been up and down the Lea Bridge strip like each and every week singing...
The Skints we are gonna kill you inna this here time.
The Skints we are gonna kill you inna this here time.
The Skints we are gonna kill you inna this here time.
The Skints we are gonna kill you inna this here time.
So I bet you think you're rougher than them, tougher than them,
See you dying to cry cause I play you like instrument, calling out the mandem,
Cause man can't understand them, I tread on the level because nowhere is where I can't step.
I bet you think you're knowing how to fight for survival,
Living off the government and pray from the bible.
I bet you think you know about the roots but it's no rival.
I'm rocking the baroque, larking with Bach, I'm analysing!
I tell them "Rise up! Me ah listen good music inna evening, until the morning time.
Rise up!
Me ah dance ah Reggae music inna midnight, until the sun start shine.
Rise up!
Me ah listen good music inna evening, until the morning time.
Rise up!
Me ah dance ah Reggae music inna midnight, until the sun start shine".



All comments from YouTube:

Matt X

The Skints have one of the most beautiful female singers I've ever seen. And her voice is mindblowing.

Matt X

@KingBolonzo We got our Karens here too. It must be an universal and international phenomenon. We also got a number of different freaks, hipsters, rappers, fancy pants nutjobs, snowflakes who think they're so special. The bigger the city the bigger number of these weirdos walking around. I'm pretty happy I live in a smaller city with about 60000 of people. 😆

KingBolonzo

@Matt X ppl like that rare in america too lmfaooooo but worse...we got karens

Matt X

@KingBolonzo I like her style and natural looks. Very respectful kind of woman. In Poland we say that women like that are 'unicorns', because they are rare. 😆

KingBolonzo

So much prettier in person. I was like a foot away from her during the last concert. She was filming for the bands after performing. Great personality and vibe too. My wife waved to her and she actually took the time to smile and wave back. Also by far one of the best performances I have ever seen. Girl can play so many instruments so gooood! Whole band just oozes talent!

Matt X

@Bartoche I found a liflet in the gutter. And you?

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Ryan Orion

3 legit vocalists with different styles. Yet blends awesomely. After that 311 Cruise the Skints are one of my new favorites

alex cantlow

Trying to work this out I think it may be my favorate mix of ska and hip-hop both brang us all together no matter what the papers said how can you be a racist when the whole culture to begin with was kids in the 50s and 60s loving the reggae music and mingled in the dancehalls then created there own genre. Shows govenment has a big agenda going on it's a distraction for what I couldn't say but makes you think.

Chaos Monke

I could listen to that last guy’s verse made into a full track endlessly

P J Armstrong

I'm completely in awe of how talented this band are. Fabulous 👍

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