System of Survival

Earth, Wind & Fire

About System of Survival

"System of Survival" is a song by the band Earth, Wind & Fire issued as a single in October 1987 on Columbia Records. The single reached number one on both the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and Billboard Hot Black Singles chart.


Year:
1992
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The Human Race is runnin' over me 
I punch a clock at 9 and 5 
Just tryin' to make a livin' 
A plastic face on satellite TV 
Says, "Life is filled with give and take" 
He's takin' and I'm givin'
So I dance 

It's my system of survival (SOS) 
I'm dancin' 
System of survival (SOS) 
It's a system of survival 
Future revival 
Greet the new arrival 

At times it's the only way 
I'm gonna make it through this day 

[Chorus]
Everybody get up 
Do your dance 
Keep survivin' 
Everybody get up 
Do your dance 
Stay alive 

A city night 
I walk a street in fear 
While politicians brag about 
A paperwork solution 

Another life 
I shed another tear 
I'm waiting for somebody new 
To lead the revolution 
So I dance 

It's my system of survival 
It's my system of survival

Everybody get up 
Do your dance 
Keep survivin' 
Everybody get up 
Do your dance 
Stay alive

Everybody get up 
Do your dance 
Keep survivin' 
Everybody get up 
Do your dance 
Stay alive

(SOS) Send it out 
Send it out, send it out, send it out.

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Earth, Wind & Fire

Earth, Wind & Fire is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of soul, disco, R&B, funk, jazz and rock. They are one of the most successful and critically acclaimed bands of the twentieth century.Rolling Stone has described them as "innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing" and has also declared that the band "changed the sound of black pop". more »

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Written by: SKYLARK

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10 facts about this song

Release
"System of Survival" is a song by the American band Earth, Wind & Fire, released as a single in September 1987.
Commercial Success
The song became a major success for the band, becoming their last pop hit to reach the top ten of Billboard's Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 9.
Grammy Awards
"System of Survival" won a Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 30th Annual Grammy Awards.
Billboard R&B Singles
The song was a massive hit on the R&B charts, where it rose to number 1 and stayed there for four weeks.
Music Video
The music video was directed by Ron Hightower and produced by Carolyn Baker. It tackles socio-political issues of that time.
Album Information
"System of Survival" is the lead single and first track on their 1987 album, “Touch the World”.
Composition
The song was written by Skylark and it features guest artists Andrew Woolfolk and Paulinho Da Costa.
Genre
It falls under the genre of R&B, funk, and dance-pop.
Vinyl Issue
It was issued on a vinyl record, with the B-side song being "Writing on the Wall".
Collaboration
The success of the album “Touch the World” and the single “System of Survival” marked the successful comeback of the band’s collaboration with Columbia Records, which had previously ended in 1983.

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