Career Opportunities

Album: The Clash (1977)
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  • They offered me the office, offered me the shop
    They said I'd better take anything they'd got
    Do you wanna make tea at the BBC?
    Do you wanna be, do you really wanna be a cop?

    Career opportunities, the ones that never knock
    Every job they offer you is to keep you out the dock
    Career opportunities, the ones that never knock

    I hate the army and I hate the RAF
    I don't wanna go fighting in the tropical heat
    I hate the civil service rules
    I won't open letter bombs for you

    Career opportunities, the ones that never knock
    Every job they offer you is to keep you out the dock
    Career opportunities, the ones that never knock

    Oi!
    Bus driver
    Ambulance man
    Ticket inspector, I don't understand

    They're gonna have to introduce conscription
    They're gonna have to take away my prescription
    If they wanna get me making toys
    If they wanna get me, well I got no choice

    Career opportunities, the ones that never knock
    Every job they offer you is to keep you out the dock
    Career opportunities, the ones that never knock

    Career, career
    Career, it ain't never gonna knock Writer/s: JOE STRUMMER, MICK JONES, PAUL SIMONON, TOPPER HEADON
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 4

  • Rodrigo from Paradise City, --This song talks about the lack of jobs, particularly, to youth.
    The line "I won't open letter bombs for you" is a reference to a Mick Jones former job where he opened letters for a British goverment department to make sure they weren't rigged with mailbombs.
  • Jay Wo from Dallas, Tx"I won't open letter bombs for you". Allegedy Joe Strummer was offered a job in a mail room for this purpose.
  • Don from NewmarketA different version of this song sung by children, was used on Sandanista!
  • Ralph from Newton, MaGreat f'ing song. One of the Clash's best.
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