"Gangsters" as written by Jerry Dammers, Terry Hall, Neville Egunton Staples, John Edward Bradbury, Roderick James Byers, Lynval Golding and Stephen Graham Panter....
Bernie Rhodes knows don't argue

Why must you record my phone calls?
Are you planning a bootleg LP?
Said you've been threatened by gangsters
Now it's you, that's threatening me

Can't fight corruption with con tricks
They use the law to commit crime
And I dread, dread to think what the future will bring
When we're living in gangster time

Don't call me scar face

Can't interrupt while I'm talking
Or they'll confiscate all your guitars
And catch 22 says if I sing the truth
They won't make me an overnight star

Don't offer us legal protection
They use the law to commit crime
I dread to think what the future will bring
When we're living in gangster time

Bernie Rhodes knows don't argue


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"Gangsters" as written by Crispin Macmichael Sandys Hunt

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    General Commentgreat tune, apparantly based on a time the specials toured france, got in a row with a hotelier over something the damned did when they stayed at the same hotel and the owners demanded money or they would not give them their instruments back until the specials manager, bernie rhodes (a bit of a geezer) 'talked to' the hotels owner. hence 'bernie rhodes knows....dont argue'. altogether now..dum dum dum dum, d-d-d-d-d-dum dum
    goodtymzeon October 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentoh, and the melody has been borrowed from a tune called al capone, think its by prince buster, but wouldnt swear on it.
    goodtymzeon October 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah the music is from prince buster's al capone, and the original intro was "al capone's guns don't argue" and the specials sing basically the only line from the original, "don't call me scarface"
    Rudiskaon June 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyes but if u play listen to the guitar in al capone it is very different the specials did a very very good job at rewriting the song
    ska_keithon November 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI would.
    skacore_dudeon February 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBernie Rhodes, who knows, dont' argue was thier manager at the time, he was also the manager for The Clash at various times as well. Most of the song is the shit of various credibitly he used to spurt, as well as references to events when he was managing them, such as the guitars incident.
    dwitefryon June 27, 2009   Link

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