I'm So Bored With The USA

Album: The Clash (1977)
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  • Yankee soldier
    He want to shoot some skag
    He met it in Cambodia
    But now he can't afford a bag
    Yankee a dollar talk
    To the dictators of the world
    In fact it's giving orders
    An' they can't afford to miss a word

    I'm so bored with the U...S...A...
    I'm so bored with the U...S...A...
    But what can I do?

    Yankee detectives
    Are always on the TV
    'Cos killers in America
    Work seven days a week
    Never mind the stars and stripes
    Let's print the Watergate Tapes
    I'll salute the new wave
    And I hope nobody escapes

    I''m so bored with the U...S...A...
    I'm so bored with the U...S...A...
    But what can I do?
    I'm so bored with the U...S...A...
    I'm so bored with the U...S...A...
    But what can I do?
    I'm so bored with the U...S...A...
    I'm so bored with the U...S...A...
    I'm so bored with the U...S...A...
    But what can I do?

    Move up Starsky
    For the C.I.A.
    Suck on Kojak
    For the USA

Comments: 10

  • Cam Burns from Basalt, ColoradoWhen the Clash came onstage at the US Festival in 1983, Joe Strummer bent over and tore up the playlist, which was taped to the stage. Then he said "USA" and the band played I'm so Bored with the USA." They then played the song.
  • Scott from Rhode Island@ Niko: Why does being a punk rocker require one to have disdain for the Grateful Dead? Why rebel against the rebels that came before you?
  • Niko from LondonApparently there were loads of verses written before they settled on the final version. Two went:

    So you think I care
    Where you buy your shirt
    I don't wanna use American dirt
    Oh yeah you look so cool in your cowboy boots
    You see them on James Dean
    They looked so cute

    You think I care about your latest record
    It's by the Grateful Dead
    ...
    Don't wanna wear a baseball jacket
    Don't wanna look like I'm ready to bat.
  • Mike from Matawan, NjI like the Clash...a lot actually, but talk about biting the hand that feeds. Yeah, they should have never toured the U.S. then and made all those hateful millions or sold their records here from which they made even MORE hateful millions. Even back then, hating the U.S. was cliche. Oh... and Aja? Piss off.
  • Ross from Leicester, United KingdomIn the very early days (1976) the Clash had a few love songs but encouraged by manager Bernie Rhodes
    the started writing about politiacl/social issues. The "I'm So Bored With You/USA" anecdote is a neat example of how this was happening.
    The clash were accused of hypocrisy for then spending a lot of time in the US and clearly being influenced by American music/films/style, but in fact the song is attacking the way the US was throwing it's military weight around,political corruption, and the growing dominance of US mainstream culture in the UK - all of which sounds quite familiar!!
  • Rob from Pittsburgh, PaYa this is wrong I read in let fury have the hour that mick was singing "i'm so bored with you" and joe changed it.
  • David Hughes from Alfreton, Englandthis was micks song "im so bored with you" about his girlfriend and when he played it to joe he didnt like it(to many lovey dovey songs)so they changed the words around!
  • Aja from Sloveniahehe, so am I
  • Dustinb from Hell(america), Cait IS about america......he makes references about "Yankees"
  • Marina from Seattle, WaI think that songfact is incorrect...in the Clash documentary I watched, Joe and Mick said that Mick sang the song "I'm so bored with you" and had written it as a love/hate song about a former girlfriend, but Joe misheard it as "I'm So Bored With USA" and he liked that much better.
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