Safe European Home

Album: Give 'Em Enough Rope (1978)
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  • Well, I just got back and I wish I'd never leave now (where'd ya go?)
    Who dat Martian arrival at the airport, yeah? (where'd ya go?)
    How many local dollars for a local anesthetic? (where'd ya go?)
    The Johnny on the corner wasn't very sympathetic (where'd ya go?)

    I went to the place where every white face
    Is an invitation to robbery
    And sitting here in my safe European home
    Don't want to go back there again

    Wasn't I lucky, wouldn't it be loverly? (where'd ya go?)
    Send us all cards, have a laying-in on Sunday (where'd ya go?)
    I was there for two weeks, so how come I never tell, now? (where'd ya go?)
    That natty dread drink at the Sheraton hotel, yeah (where'd ya go?)

    I went to the place where every white face
    Is an invitation to robbery
    And sitting here in my safe European home
    Don't want to go back there again

    They got the sun, and they got the palm trees (where'd ya go?)
    They got the weed, and they got the taxis (where'd ya go?)
    Whoa, the harder they come, the home of ol' bluebeat (where'd ya go?)
    I'd stay and be a tourist but I can't take the gunplay (where'd ya go?)

    I went to the place where every white face
    Is an invitation to robbery
    And sitting here in my safe European home
    Don't want to go back there again

    What?
    Rudie come from Jamaica, Rudie can't fail
    Rudie come from Jamaica, Rudie can't fail
    Rudie come from Jamaica, 'cause Rudie can't fail
    Rudie come From Jamaica, Rudie can't fail (European home)
    Rudie, Rudie, Rudie, Rudie, Rudie, Rudie can't fail (European home)
    Rudie, Rudie, Rudie, Rudie, Rudie, Rudie can't fail (European home)
    Rudie, Rudie, Rudie, Rudie, Rudie, Rudie can't fail (European home)
    Rudie, Rudie, Rudie, Rudie, Rudie, Rudie can't fail (European home)
    Rudie, Rudie, Rudie, Rudie, Rudie, Rudie can't fail (European home)
    Rudie, Rudie, Rudie, Rudie, Rudie, Rudie can't fail (European home)
    Rudie, Rudie, Rudie, Rudie, Rudie, Rudie can't fail (European home)
    Rudie come From Jamaica, Rudie can't fail (explosive European home)
    Rudie, Rudie, Rudie, Rudie, Rudie, Rudie can't fail (twenty-four track European home)
    Elder come and a-Rudie go, no one knows where the policeman's go Writer/s: JOE STRUMMER, MICK JONES, PAUL SIMONON, TOPPER HEADON
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 2

  • Adrian from BarkingI've always read it as more of an ironic comment on peo+people's perceptions but i'm no expert
  • D. Jones from CalgaryI love this song, and I love the Clash. It was the first song I ever heard by them, and I've been hearing it since I was a baby thanks to my dad owning Give Em Enough Rope. Those lyrics "I went to the place where every white face is an invitation to robbery." used to just go in one ear and out the other, but now they hold a lot of meaning. I play guitar and write my own songs, thanks to inspiration from The Clash. They effing rock.
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