Rubber Bullets
by 10cc

Album: 10cc (1973)
Charted: 1 73
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  • I went to a party at the local county jail;
    All the cons were dancing, and the band began to wail.
    But the guys were indiscreet;
    They were brawling in the street.
    At the local dance; at the local county jail.

    Well, the band were playing,
    And the booze began to flow,
    But the sound came over on the police car radio,
    Down at Precinct forty-nine,
    Having a tear-gas of a time.
    Sergeant Baker got a call from the governor of the county jail.

    Load up, load up, load up with rubber bullets.
    Load up, load up, load up with rubber bullets.

    I love to hear those convicts squeal;
    It's a shame these slugs ain't real.
    But we can't have dancin' at the local county jail.

    Sergeant Baker and his men made a bee-line for the jail.
    And for miles around
    You could hear the sirens wail/
    There's a rumor goin' 'round death row
    That a fuse is gonna blow;
    At the local hop; at the local county jail.

    Whatcha gonna do about it, whatcha gonna do?
    Whatcha gonna do about it, whatcha gonna do?

    Sergeant Baker started talkin'
    With a bullhorn in his hand.
    He was cool; he was clear;
    He was always in command.
    He said "Blood will flow;
    Here Padre,
    Padre, you talk to your boys..."
    "Trust in me,
    God will come to set you free."

    Well, we don't understand
    Why you called in the National Guard,
    When Uncle Sam is the one
    Who belongs in the exercise yard.
    We all got balls and brains,
    But some's got balls and chains;
    At the local dance; at the local county jail.

    Load up, load up, load up with rubber bullets.
    Load up, load up, load up with rubber bullets.

    Is it really such a crime
    For a guy to spend his time
    At the local dance; at the local county jail?
    At the local dance; at the local county jail.

    Whatcha gonna do about it, whatcha gonna do?
    Whatcha gonna do about it, whatcha gonna do?Writer/s: LOL CREME
    Publisher: SCHUBERT MUSIC PUBLISHING INC.
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Comments: 6

  • Colin from London, United KingdomIt's not Kevin Godley, but Lol Creme, who sings most of the lead vocal. Godley only sings the bridges "I love to hear those convicts squeal, it's a shame these slugs ain't real" and "Is it really such a crime for a guy to spend his time".
    When this was released, radio stations played a truncated edit of the song, with a short intro, and the final verse jumps from "When Uncle Sam is the one who belongs in the exercise yard" to "Is it really such a crime...". This short version can be found on YouTube clips of Top Of The Pops from 1973.
  • Jez from London, United KingdomGreat song - and a lyrical parody of 'Jailhouse Rock', which is apparent by the opening line.
  • Daevid from Glendale, CaJohn B.------the album "Sheet Music" is, in my opinion as good as 'Rubber Bullets' was a single!
    Great Band.
  • John from Brisbane, United StatesForget all about what 10cc did after this.This Rubber Bullets is the best thing they ever did.Only I do not know why the bigold USA did not recognize it,back in 1973.
  • John from Brisbane, United StatesI dig Rubber bullets,Helter skelter,Brother louie and At seventeen.They are some of the best ever!
  • John from Brisbane, United StatesRubber Bullets does enlighten children in a comedical way and it tells my kid not to be foolish.
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