They said that we were trash
Well the name is Crass not Clash
They can stuff their punk credentials
Cause it's them that take the cash
They won't change nothing with their fashionable talk
Their RAR badges and their protest walk
Thousands of white men standing in a park
Objecting to racism like a candle in the dark

Black man's got his problems and his way to deal with it
So don't fool yourself you're helping with your white liberal shit
If you care to take a closer look at the way things really stand
You'd see we're all just niggers to the rulers of this land
Punk was once an answer to years of crap
A way of saying no where we'd always said yep
But the moment we found a way to be free
They invented a dividing line, street credibility
The qualifying factors are politics and class
Left wing macho street fighters willing to kick arse
They said because of racism they'd come out on the street
It was just a form of fascism for the socialist elite
Bigotry and blindness, a Marxist con another clever trick to keep us all in line
Neat little labels to keep us all apart
To keep us all divided when the troubles start

Pogo on a Nazi, spit upon a Jew
Vicious mindless violence that offers nothing new
Left wing violence, right wing violence all seems much the same
Bully boys out fighting, it's just the same old game
Boring fucking politics that'll get us all shot
Left wing, right wing, you can stuff the lot
Keep your petty prejudice, i don't see the point
Anarchy and freedom is what i want


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    General CommentThis song basically examines the punk scene at the time of its release - there were many poser or fake punks, bascially people there for the money, social benefits and other things. Due to the popularity in punk at the time, it was inevitable really, but Crass still fight back.
    sandihumeon January 01, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthe title is a pun on the Tubes' "White Punks on Dope." Crass shows their sense of humour in strange (and not that funny, more mean) ways sometimes
    ultramouseon October 13, 2004   Link
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    General Commentso let me get this straight, joeboxer. you like this song because it's
    a) pure
    b) pure fucking punk.
    great reasoning. but maybe you could try liking it because it's pure fucking music, regardless of its punk status. crass didn't sit down and say, "hey penny, let's write a song that's PURE FUCKING PUNK." and don't ever suggest that crass doesn't know what they were talking about, it's just an overall bad idea. if they have an opinion, it doesn't mean they don't know what they're talking about.
    lexicondevilon September 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe jab at The Clash was over their Marxist rhetoric as well as their involvement in Rock Against Racism in 1978 which the Anarchist movement saw as attributing problems rooted in class to racism. Joe Strummer had worn a Brigate Rosse t-shirt, which was a violent Marxist terrorist organization based in Italy, which infuriated Anarcho-Punks.
    negatyveon May 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentJoe Strummer had worn a Brigate Rosse t-shirt to the Rock Against Racism event**

    added for clarity.
    The song is mostly about the opinion had over The Clash's behavior and involvement with regards to the Rock Against Racism event.
    negatyveon May 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI like Crass and the Clash and I think Crass was a little hasty in condemning them. They sold their records much cheaper than they were supposed to (selling double/triple LPs for the price of a single) and the Brigate Rosse shirt he wore was to raise awareness of what they were doing, not celebrate it.
    waffles93on November 01, 2009   Link
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    My Interpretationthe song title "White Punks On Hope" is in reference to The Tube's song White Punks On Dope but only to deviate from and ridicule it.

    this song is about punk's divisions: political (left wing/ right wing), racial (black/ white), and class (working class/ middle class, upper class)

    it strips the deception of The Clash's superficial punk integrity exposing their exploitation of punks essence as a path for profit.
    "punk credentials"

    "if you care to take a look at the way things really stand,
    you'll see we're all just niggers to rulers of this land"
    this pretty much says that the government leaders treat everyone like shit but they have the punks distracted with the divisions and the violence that occurs because of them, while the root of these problems is the deprivation of anarchy and freedom.
    "another clever trick to keep up all in line"
    AnneRKey666on December 02, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI love his voice so much, lol. Sounds like hes fucking drunk and half dead most of the time,
    TheAnimalsCageon September 26, 2002   Link
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    General Commentlexicon devil thinks he's a bad ass because he listens to the germs......the germs are o.k., kind of slow, but they've got some good songs...any way Crass is probably one of the most political bands ever. Up there with Fugazi, Propagandhi, Nausea, etc. i enjoy the Clash, and i've acutally read the Steve Ignorant was a Clash fan, Crass was cool, because they actually talked the talk and walked the walk. Crass was not cool because to me, it seems like they think they're so much more legit(for lack of a better word) than everyone else.
    fuzzyslipperson February 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHate the stab at The Clash again.. Crass didn't know what they were talking about there. I do enjoy this song, though. PURE, pure fucking punk. I'll always love this song.
    JoE][BoXeRon March 28, 2005   Link

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