"A Bomb In Wardour Street" as written by and Paul John Weller....
Where the streets are paved with blood
With cataclysmic overtones
Fear and hate linger in the air
A strictly no-go deadly zone
And I don't know what I'm doing here
'Cause it's not my scene at all
There's an 'A' bomb in Wardour Street
They've called in the Army, they've called in the police to

I'm stranded on the vortex floor
My head's been kicked in and blood's started to pour
Through the haze, I can see my girl
Fifteen geezers got her pinned to the door
I try to reach her but fall back to the floor

'A' bomb off in Wardour Street
It's blown up the West End, now it's spreading through the City

'A' bomb in Wardour Street, it's blown up the City
Now it's spreading through the country

Law and order takes a turn for the worst
In the shape of a size-ten boot
Rape and murder throughout the land
And they tell you that you're still a free man
If this is freedom I don't understand
'Cause it seems like madness to me
'A' bomb in Wardour Street
Hate bomb, hate bomb, hate bomb, hate bomb

A Phillistine nation, of degradation
And hate and war there must be more
It's Doctor Martin's A-P-O-C-A-L-Y-P-S-E, Apocalypse!


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"'A' Bomb in Wardour Street" as written by Paul John Weller

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  • +3
    General CommentWhy has no one put in a comment about this song it rocks best social commetry ever. Everything is screwed in this song it rocks.
    Cpt-Sensibleon December 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's one of those Jam songs that alludes to very bad things, much like the bridge in Tubestation. Gotta love 'em for that.
    SMCon September 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's Doctor Martin's A,P,O,C,A,L,Y,P,S,E, Apocalypse! Should read It's Doctor Marten's A,P,O,C,A,L,Y,P,S,E, Apocalypse! after the famous boot.
    SX225on April 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThey say you had to be there, but the lyrics give me a good enough picture of the violence around then.
    SmithersJones87on June 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a gr8 song of a gr8 album, the lyrics are pretty self explantary.
    longliveconradon April 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWardour Street is - or used to be - the centre of the British film industry, apparently. So this song is therefore about whether life mirrors art (film, media etc) or vice versa.
    TheFrumplingtonson April 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think Paul has an issue with airwair wearers, specially 10 hole red laced size 10 ones. Anti control like so much late 70s to early 80s British bands.
    Rocking track.
    swazipirateon June 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhen Paul was going to sign the record contract with the Jam, Polydor's head office was on Wardour Street. When he arrived there the street was closed off due to an unexploded World War 2 bomb they found. This inspired him to write this song.
    mr smithon September 25, 2008   Link

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