The Right Profile

Album: London Calling (1979)
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  • Say, where did I see this guy?
    In "Red River"?
    Or a "Place In The Sun"?
    Maybe "The Misfits"?
    Or "From Here To Eternity"?

    And everybody say, "Is he all right?"
    And everybody say, "What's he like?"
    And everybody say, "He sure looks funny"
    That's Montgomery Clift, honey

    New York, New York, 42nd Street
    Hustlers rustle and pimps pimp the beat
    Monty Clift is recognized at dawn
    He ain't got no shoes and his clothes are torn

    And everybody say, "Is he all right?"
    And everybody say, "What's he like?"
    And everybody say, "He sure look funny"
    That's that Montgomery Clift, honey

    I see a car smashed at night
    Cut the applause and dim the light
    Monty's face is broken on a wheel
    Is he alive? Can he still feel?

    And everybody say, "Is he all right?"
    And everybody say, "Shine a light"
    And everybody say, "It's not funny"
    That's Montgomery Clift, honey

    Shoot his right profile

    And everybody say, "Is he all right?"
    And everybody say, "What's he like?"
    And everybody say, "He sure look funny"
    That's Montgomery Clift, honey

    Nembutol numbs it all
    But I prefer alcohol

    And everybody say, "What's he like?"
    And everybody say, "Is he all right?"
    And everybody say, "He sure look funny"
    That's Montgomery Clift, honey!

    He said go out and get me my old movie stills
    Go out and get me another roll of pills
    There I go again shaking, but I ain't got the chills

    And everybody say, "What's he like?"
    And everybody say, "Is he all right?"
    And everybody say, "He sure looks funny"
    I was trapped, Montgomery Clift, honey Writer/s: Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Topper Headon
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 5

  • Looebloke from Ukmusically bears a resemblance to "The Life Of Riley" by a band called Zipper- released earlier in 1979 0n Virgin Records
  • Scott from Palm Desert, CaI like the way Joe sings this one with kind of drunken swagger.
  • Max from Cologne, GermanyI don´t know if he was gay! But the song the right profile, remember me a little bit of Bob Dylan!
  • Mike from Richmond, VaThe picture of the afformentioned smashed bass has been argued as the best rock n roll picture ever. I agree, The Clash, much like The Who, did not smash their instruments every performance, it was a rare occasion. The picture showed the musicians frustration, anger, and emotion he put into the music, and it required the utmost timing. This picture embodies punk, a kid rejected by the pop culture expressing himself the only way he knows how: music. Amazing picture
  • Matt from London, EnglandThe albums genius producer Guy Stephens, was at the time very into the legend of Montgomery Clift, and lent Joe a book on the mans life. Joe saw a great resemblance to Guy in the pages, and wrote the song as a tribute to the errant producer.
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