Stay Free

Album: Give 'em Enough Rope (1978)
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  • We met when we were in school
    Never took no shit from no one, we weren't fools
    The teacher says we're dumb
    We're only having fun
    We piss on everyone
    In the classroom

    When we got thrown out I left without much fuss
    An' weekends we'd go dancing
    Down Streatham on the bus
    You always made me laugh

    Got me in bad fights
    Play me pool all night
    Smokin' menthol

    I practiced daily in my room
    You were down the crown planning your next move
    Go on a nicking spree
    Hit the wrong guy
    Each of you get three
    Years in Brixton

    I did my very best to write
    How was butlins?
    Were the screws too tight?
    When you lot get out
    Were gonna hit the town
    We'll burn it fuckin' down
    To a cinder

    'Cause years have passed and things have changed
    And I move anyway I want to go
    I'll never forget the feeling I got
    When I heard that you'd got home
    An' I'll never forget the smile on my face
    'Cause I knew where you would be
    An' if you're in the crown tonight
    Have a drink on me
    But go easy...step lightly...stay free Writer/s: JOE STRUMMER, MICK JONES, PAUL SIMONON, TOPPER HEADON
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 3

  • Ian from Isle Of Wight I believe the Crown and Sceptre, in Streatham mentioned in the lyrics (“I practiced daily in my room , you were in the crown planning your next move” and “If your in the Crown tonight have a drink on me “ ) has closed down . Pretty popular pub too . Should have had some sort of preservation on it as part of UK music history ! Mick Jones grew up in the area hence the reference .
  • Emma from Adelaide, Australiawhat a great story...this sort of thing hasn't stopped in schools today, i would know
  • Kwiklip from St. Paul, MnI always thought it was about a girl. It's so much more meaningful knowing the real story!
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