Government leaving the youth on the shelf

from The Specials – Ghost Town Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The meaning of this song is a attack on the policies of Margaret Thatcher, the British equivalent in attitude ,polices and ideas of Ronald Reagan. They were also close allies. They also have a similar legacy and both have there supporters and critics. SHe is not popular with many in Britain and has had many songs (few complimentary) written about her.

The Specials called the country a ‘ghost town.’ They speak of the violence, poverty and anger in the cities at the Prime Minister and her aides. The last line ‘The people getting angry’ proved to be prophetic.

In 1981- year of release – showed The Specials lyrics to be correct. A huge series of riots swept the country and the specials song has gone down as a time capsule for the feelings of the period.

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