you can crush us, you can bruise us, but you'll have to answer to

"Guns of Brixton" is about police repression, and Law. It means that the law is wrong, and that if you are right, you'll get "crushed" and "bruised". But police will have to answer to the people's anger.

It says that society is made is such an hypocritical way that if you're poor, you sometimes have no choice but illegality, and you'll be judged for that (Ivan).

The Guns of Brixton represent the anger of the people against a society which make them live in misery; the police incarnating this society.

- aurelien, Saint etienne, France, opina en songfacts