Shock to the System
Billy Idol Lyrics


Whoa yeah
It was a night, L.A., burning bright
Oh what a night
Say yeah,come on
It makes my world stand still
Ah riot, rape, race and revolution, ah yeah
Here come the fire, and my world burns still
You say yeah

Well, you can rock this land baby you

[Chorus]
Like a shock to the system
I feel good, well alright
Like a shock to the system

Say yeah, ain't it irie

It was a night
Hell of a night, L.A., it really was
Oh what a riot
I said yeah, come on
It makes my life feel real
Fear police and civil corruption oh yeah
Is there a man who would be king
And the world stood still
Ah yeah loud

You can rock this land baby
Yeah

[Chorus]

I said yeah, come on baby
Shock to the system
Feel good, well alright
Like a shock, shock to the system
I say yeah, I say yeah, I say yeah
Come on baby

Yeah, well you can rock this land baby

[Chorus]

I say yeah
Ain't it irie

Shock to the system
It feel good, well alright
Like a shock to the system
I say yeah
I say yeah
I say yeah, come on baby

Shock to the, shock to the
Shock to the system
Loud I gotta
Shock to the, shock to the
Shock to the system
Yeah I gotta
Shock to the, shock to the
Shock to the system
Yeah I gotta
Shock to the, shock to the
Shock to the system
You could be king
Or I could be king
Yeah well
You could be king
Or I could be king
Well I gotta
You could be king
Say it louder
The world still burns
You could be king
I could be king
Yeah well
You could be king
Say it louder
I could be king
You could be king
Say it louder
The world still burns

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: MARK YOUNGER-SMITH, BILLY IDOL

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

trickflip1

This video got a lot of airplay on MTV when it released. I was already a fan of Billy before it came out. Having just watched Blade Runner, this song pushed me into being a big fan of Cyberpunk in general.


Edit: Americans weren’t “ready to be reminded of the ‘92 riots?”

FOH with that.

Too many idiots at that time were ready to pass blame for their bullshit.

The nightly news couldn’t handle being called out for their closet racism (protecting police and their brutality) and their coverage of those riots but had no problem replaying videos of Waco endlessly, nightly months before this album released (burning children and others alive)? The media didn’t give a shit. They wanted ratings.

The only thing that’s tone deaf is the revisionist history shown here in these comments.

This song was on the money then and it’s on the money now. Government/corporate overreach is at an all time high and you want to argue the timeline of when a song was written & recorded vs when a video for it was filmed and released?


FOH. You know shit.



All comments from YouTube:

Igor Marvel

Unique! great personality

David Sutter

I seriously don't understand why Cyberpunk wasn't a hit. MTV was king back then and I know that if I saw a video like this I'd run to the record store. So cool.

Doge Wood

@Bunkeralpha Also, Perri Lister, his first wife left him a few years prior which tore him up. Remember that motorcycle crash he suffered in '90? That was a year after they split and it could've been a suicide attempt...

Giuseppe Ianniello

The album Cyberpunk got terrible reviews when it came out in 1993.
Shock to the System is the only decent song, the rest is garbage

Chad Bocott

@AtomicPlayGirl 66 Previous album to that didn't have Steve and was really good and successful though. But of course, SS is brilliant, no doubt. Cyberpunk is still a great album, but except Shock it's mostly experimental, so I don't see how it could've been big thing in the charts anyway. And Shock did pretty well in Europe.

trickflip1

This video got a lot of airplay on MTV when it released. I was already a fan of Billy before it came out. Having just watched Blade Runner, this song pushed me into being a big fan of Cyberpunk in general.


Edit: Americans weren’t “ready to be reminded of the ‘92 riots?”

FOH with that.

Too many idiots at that time were ready to pass blame for their bullshit.

The nightly news couldn’t handle being called out for their closet racism (protecting police and their brutality) and their coverage of those riots but had no problem replaying videos of Waco endlessly, nightly months before this album released (burning children and others alive)? The media didn’t give a shit. They wanted ratings.

The only thing that’s tone deaf is the revisionist history shown here in these comments.

This song was on the money then and it’s on the money now. Government/corporate overreach is at an all time high and you want to argue the timeline of when a song was written & recorded vs when a video for it was filmed and released?


FOH. You know shit.

Mr. Z

It wasn't a hit because of that horrible grunge wave at the time.

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Michelle Rambo

They just don't put the same effort into videos these days

TallDarkAnd Ahandfull

Music videos were played on NBC on Fridays at 11:30 p.m. and on independent terrestrial stations on Saturday afternoons for a few years,and then gradually around 2001 even MTV was playing less music videos

ghosty158

This song was during the LA Riots. "There is a man who would be king" was Rodney King.

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