"Clampdown" as written by Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon....
What are we gonna do now?
Taking off his turban, they said, is this man a Jew?
'Cause they're working for the clampdown
They put up a poster saying we earn more than you!
When we're working for the clampdown
We will teach our twisted speech
To the young believers
We will train our blue-eyed men
To be young believers

The judge said five to ten-but I say double that again
I'm not working for the clampdown
No man born with a living soul
Can be working for the clampdown
Kick over the wall 'cause government's to fall
How can you refuse it?
Let fury have the hour, anger can be power
D'you know that you can use it?

The voices in your head are calling
Stop wasting your time, there's nothing coming
Only a fool would think someone could save you
The men at the factory are old and cunning
You don't owe nothing, so boy get runnin'
It's the best years of your life they want to steal

You grow up and you calm down
You're working for the clampdown
You start wearing the blue and brown
You're working for the clampdown
So you got someone to boss around
It makes you feel big now
You drift until you brutalize
You made your first kill now

In these days of evil Presidentes
Working for the clampdown
But lately one or two has fully paid their due
For working for the clampdown
But ha! Gitalong! Gitalong!

And I've given away no secrets
Who's barmy now?

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"Clampdown" as written by Mick Jones Joe Strummer

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  • +1
    General CommentThe Clash still do it better...
    sabresfanwp7on October 26, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhy are covers listed? they have no meaning when covered, the meaning remains within the original bands lyrics
    strokesmanon February 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyes, this is quite pointless...
    wasp2020on April 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell, it IS their song.

    its a very good cover though.
    express weldingon October 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPosting up a cover is a bit pointless...

    But anyways, am I the only one who found the beginning of this perf hilarious?
    When Julian starts spinning with a cup of water, splashes Nick, and blows him a kiss?
    sedatedon February 09, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General CommentCovering the Clash is like plagiarism. only they can do it good, and it should be a crime to shit it up
    alisterblackon June 23, 2008   Link

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