Subterranean Street Society – “God Couldn’t Save The Queen”


Engaging in a range of acoustic-driven commentary and ardent vocal rises, “God Couldn’t Save The Queen” is a track out today from Danish-Dutch trio Subterranean Street Society. Releasing aptly on the one-year anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s death, the track explores the oddity of infatuation with royals — particularly in today’s trying times.

“It is a song about the death of Queen Elizabeth and the absurdity that an institution that perpetuates inequality is often so popular with the lower social class of the population,” the trio explain. “The song is about both the Danish and the British queens. The lyrics tell a story about being born into privilege and the absurdity that comes with worshiping a vanished colonial superpower. Why do we still cling so tenaciously to this?”

Laid-back acoustics shimmer in the understated opening, contrasted by lyrical commentary that’s poignant in its portrayal of the birthright lottery. “Unfortunate winner, born with the blue gene,” the vocals state in the opening, scathing further into remarks like “even God couldn’t save the queen who got tasked to reign a kingdom.” The vocals escalate from matter-of-fact nonchalance into a howling truths like “when she died rich, the working class cried.” “God Couldn’t Save The Queen” proves resonating in its thematic pondering and impassioned rises of emotion.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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