"Rubber Bullets" as written by Lol Creme, Graham Gouldman, and Kevin Godley....
I went to a party at the local county jail;
All the cons were dancing, and the band began to wail.
But the guys were indiscreet;
They were brawling in the street.
At the local dance; at the local county jail.

Well, the band were playing,
And the booze began to flow,
But the sound came over on the police car radio,
Down at Precinct forty-nine,
Having a tear-gas of a time.
Sergeant Baker got a call from the governor of the county jail.

Load up, load up, load up with rubber bullets.
Load up, load up, load up with rubber bullets.

I love to hear those convicts squeal;
It's a shame these slugs ain't real.
But we can't have dancin' at the local county jail.

Sergeant Baker and his men made a bee-line for the jail.
And for miles around
You could hear the sirens wail/
There's a rumor goin' 'round death row
That a fuse is gonna blow;
At the local hop; at the local county jail.

Whatcha gonna do about it, whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do about it, whatcha gonna do?

Sergeant Baker started talkin'
With a bullhorn in his hand.
He was cool; he was clear;
He was always in command.
He said "Blood will flow;
Here Padre,
Padre, you talk to your boys..."
"Trust in me,
God will come to set you free."

Well, we don't understand
Why you called in the National Guard,
When Uncle Sam is the one
Who belongs in the exercise yard.
We all got balls and brains,
But some's got balls and chains;
At the local dance; at the local county jail.

Load up, load up, load up with rubber bullets.
Load up, load up, load up with rubber bullets.

Is it really such a crime
For a guy to spend his time
At the local dance; at the local county jail?
At the local dance; at the local county jail.

Whatcha gonna do about it, whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do about it, whatcha gonna do?


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"Rubber Bullets" as written by Lol Creme

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    General CommentQuite.

    This song is actually rather good though. The meaning is hardly discreet. Police brutality baby.
    Comrade_Liaron May 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentJust another tongue in cheek song from Godley and Creme. What would REALLY happen at the Jailhouse Rock? They would have to load up with rubber bullets, like at Attica.
    hawley5150on January 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI believe it's about a jailbreak at a prison and how the system failed the criminals leading to unfair trials and prisoner mistreatment.
    Njoker8on January 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentComrade_Liar has an interesting theory, though it might be a little to "meaningful" of a theory xD

    I lean more in the direction of police brutality, which could cover a multitude of deeper meanings I suppose.
    kokakukidotai09on March 25, 2009   Link
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    General Commentas hawley5150 said, this is about prison riots, such as attica. damn catchy though. and with all the trouble going on in england atm it seems apt!
    sparklefaerieon August 10, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song iz wicked !! I got my 14 yr old friends (who can NEEEEEEEEEEEEVER listen 2 nething other than the charts) 2 like 10cc !! Groovy !
    hippie-chickon June 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI am increasingly convinced this song is about a gay bar being raided and societys attitude to homosexuality in general.

    (Or that could be me spending too much time at this site and gradually being turned into one of those irritating fools who reads too much into everything)
    Comrade_Liaron May 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's about having a party at the county jail, where this guy spends all of his time, and a fight breaks out, the fight spreads, people are getting hurt all over the place so they send in the national guard to break it up. The narrator is very amused by all this, but not in a stuck-up or sadistic way, he just doesn't seem very bright and enjoys the commotion.
    AmericanRudieon March 15, 2010   Link

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