If you can play on the fiddle How's about a British jig and reel? Speaking King's English in quotation As railhead towns feel the steel mills rust Water froze In the generation Clear as winter ice This is your paradise
There ain't no need for ya There ain't no need for ya Go straight to hell, boys, go straight to hell, boys
Wanna join in a chorus Of the Amerasian blues? When it's Christmas out in Ho Chi Minh City Kiddie say papa papa papa papa pappa-san, take me home See me got Photo photo photograph of you and mamma mamma mamma-san Of you and mamma mamma mamma-san Let me tell you 'bout your blood, bamboo kid It ain't Coca-Cola, it's rice
Straight to hell Go straight to hell boys Go straight to hell Go straight to hell boys
Oh Papa-san Please take me home Oh Papa-san Everybody, they wanna go home So Mamma-san says
You want to play mind-crazed banjo On the druggy-drag ragtime U.S.A.? In Parkland International Ha, junkie-dom U.S.A Where pro-caine proves the purest rock man groove And rat poison The volatile Molotov says
Straight to hell
Can you really cough it up loud and strong? The immigrants, they wanna sing all night long It could be anywhere Most likely could be any frontier any hemisphere In no-man's-land There ain't no asylum here King Solomon he never lived 'round here
Straight to hell, boys Go straight to hell, boys Go straight to hell, boys Go straight to hell, boys Oh, papa-san, please take me home
Writer/s: Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Topper Headon
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
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Luke from Auckland, New ZealandOne of my favourites that I used to play over and over (as you do when you're 'hooked'), it is a signature track of theirs I think insofar as it highlights (yet again!) their ability to surprise us with it's unique sound and style with which to carry meaningful lyrics and comment - outstanding, for lack of a better word.
Brady from New Prague, MnReally awesome song. Also, I have to agree with Mudassir too.
Jeff from Cincinnati, OhHas anyone else noticed that MIA stole the beat from this song to make the song paper planes?
M Paul from Green Bay, WiThere ain't no asylum here, King Solomon he never lived 'round here........
Brad from Long Island, NyIts a song like this (and many others) that makes me think the clash shouldnt be classified as merely a punk band. Not so much the lyrical message, but the musical acumen of Joe, Mick, Paul and Topper is amazing. Strummer was a great craftsman, not just a head banger and as is often the case, taken from us too early
Steve from Gatineau, NsThere's this girl...M.I.A...she made a crappy song out of a sample of this. SHAME!
Dan from London, EnglandJakob, look at my previous log - this song is not soley about Vietnam - the first verse is about the UK (british jig and reel" around 1982-3 and the mass unemployment "steel mills rust" refers to places like Sheffield known for its steel production.
The second verse is about the US's legacy in Vietnam - another group of displaced people
The third verse is about junkiedom USA
see also Muddasser Bolton Lastly Strunner says that it could be anywhere
Simon from London, EnglandI agree with Mudassir - about dissaffected youth worldwide. Joe wrote it from a few different perspectives thats all
Pradeep from London, EnglandI agree with Mudassir from Bolton, this song is not just about America - its about a generation of people from 3 continents who had been put on the scrap heep e.g Thatcher's moneterism dogma led to more than 3 million losing their jobs , "steel mills rust" "there aint no need for you"- go straight to jail "
Also is this line a twist on the "go straigt to jail" from the Monopoly game ?
Nathan from Willow Spring, NcGreatest song by the Clash, Easily!
Julie from Madison, WiThis is my favorite Clash song and has been since I bought the album way back in junior high!
Joe from Chicago, Ari have to say that this isn't the best clash song out there but it's still a pretty good song......the lyrics are prett kool and like izzy said they actually make sense now i didn't get them before either really......anyway the clash are on my top 5 list of the best bands of the 70s and the 80s because there awesome.
Izzy from Buffalo, Nyawesome song. makes more sense to me now.
Mudassir from Bolton, EnglandJoe explained this song on British radio - The "hell" is the fate awaiting youth all over the world, (it's not an anti-american song at all !). The opening verse relates to British youth at the time of great industrial decline in northern towns, such as coal-mining and steel mill communities. the second verse refers to the kids of GIs and vietnamese gfs, the third refers to parks in america where junkies seek solace at night, the last refers to immigrant youth rioting when they realise there are no streets of gold in "any frontier, any hemisphere..."
Jim from Dayton, OhPersonally, this is my favorite Clash song and an oft overlooked one at that.
Jakob from Edmonton, CanadaGood song about vietnam