"Coma Girl" as written by and Slattery/strummer/shields/stafford....
I was crawling through a festival way out west
I was thinking about love and the acid test
But first I got real dizzy with a real rocking gang
Then I saw the Coma Girl and the excitement gang

And the rain came in from the wide blue yonder
Through all the stages I wandered

Coma Girl and the excitement gang
Mona Lisa on the motorcycle gang
Coma Girl
Coma Girl
Coma Girl was beating with the Oil Drum gang
Some fast food fanatic was burning down the burger van
Somebody was wailing off their head
Nobody was ripping the teen scene dead

And the rain came in from the wide blue yonder
I thought you and me might wander

As the 19th hour was falling upon Desolation Row
Some outlaw band had the last drop on the go
Let's siphon up some gas let's get this show on the road
Said the Coma Girl to the excitement gang

Into action everybody sprang
The oil drums were beating out dulang dulang

Coma Girl and the excitement gang
Mona Lisa on the motorcycle gang
Coma Girl
Coma Girl

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  • +3
    General CommentGreat song.

    Festival way out west, burger van, rain coming in from the wide blue yonder - this song is blatantly about Glastonbury - which Strummer was a huge fan of and where the great man is remembered with the Strummerville campfire. And of course Bruce Springsteen opened his set at the 2009 Glastonbury Festival with a cover of this song, a tribute to Joe.
    trouserpresson January 09, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI just downloaded a bunch of Strummer and the Mescaleros and got this supbereb. Even unfinished it is really good as wiki said completes with Clash stuff Joe was an amazing man. He is one of few peoples who can bring me to tears almost but still only a couple of things Joe been one have brought me anywhere near tears. He was awesome inspiring RIP Joe. Just thought i'ld put out a tribute and some respects to a hero :).
    Cpt-Sensibleon April 23, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe song is written by joe for his daughter, It is about the Glastonbury Festival.
    Mr.Blondeon August 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like the song, though I haven't quite figured out what he meant by "Coma Girl." I think that she was just very serene and peaceful looking, like someone in a coma. That might make sense, as well as the relation to line about Mona Lisa.
    TheSilverNobleon February 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe first time I had this song I actually cried...Never has a song had that effect on me before. I don't know what brought it on but Joe was a great man..R.I.P \m/
    Coma_Girlon March 26, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI remember when a journalist said that joe strummer was in his aging gracefully stage like johnny cash, neil young and tom waits. It seems like joe's life was cut too short, this song shows that he aged gracefully into many genres like the other artists, but still kept a young spirit inside of himself, punk might have died out, but not inside joe strummer
    jbravo23on December 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits a great song, i certainly dont cry over it though, damn people, its a happy song. Joe was a humble man, i met on two occasions ins america, and i dont think he would want people crying over his music. he wanted music to be enjoyed and to be loved, not to be thought of as a sad reminder of someones passing. if you've seen his dvd he did, its all about how he just wants his record to break even so he can keep making more music, and he travels the world to make it happen, its a great film.
    punkrock142on December 07, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti remember reading an old interview were Joe mentioned that amid all the goings on at Glastonbury he noticed his daughter fast asleep , hence Coma Girl
    organgrinderson April 17, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIndeed. Great song, so up-beat. Perfect for Spring, good songwriting, melody. God bless Joe Strummer.
    JoE][BoXeRon March 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHm. Something else to think about. He didn't have time to complete the album before he passed away, so a lot of the songs were incomplete, or even first takes.
    With that in mind, I think he messed up the second line of the song... note that it's VERY similar to one of the first lines of "All in a Day" and he kinda chuckles after he says it. Anyway, just something to think over.
    TheSilverNobleon February 13, 2006   Link

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