"I'da Called You Woody, Joe" as written by and Brian Fallon....
I was crawling around in my head in the haze of a trance
Rico said, "I'ma turn you onto a sound, cool out your head
This is the sound from Camden town."

And then I heard it like a shot from my skull to my brain
I felt my fingertips tingle and it started to rain
When the walls of my bedroom were tremblin' around me
This ramshackle voice over attack of a blues beat
Tellin' me "He's only looking for fun"

And this was the sound of the very last gang in town
As heard by my wild young heart like directions on a cold dark night
Sayin' "Let it out, let it out, let it out
You're doin' all right."

And I heard it in his chain gang soul
How it wasn't just the same sad song
Sayin' "Let it out, let it out, let it out
You're doin' all right."

And I carried these songs like a comfort wherever I'd go
And they was there when my summers was high
And there when she left me alone.
Saying, "the soul is hard to find"

And I never got to tell him so I just wrote it down
I wrapped a couple chords around it and I let it come out
When the walls of my bedroom trembled around me
This ramshackle voice over attack of a blues beat
And a girl, on the excitement gang

And this was the sound of the very last gang in town
As heard by my wild young heart like directions on a cold dark night
Sayin', "Let it out, let it out, let it out
You're doin' all right."

And I heard it in his chain gang soul
How it wasn't just the same sad song
Sayin', "Let it out, let it out, let it out
You're doin' all right."

That was the sound
I hear the sound
Do you hear the sound?
I hear the sound
Of the very last gang in town


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"I'da Called You Woody, Joe" as written by Brian Fallon

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  • +1
    General CommentIt's a tribute to Joe Strummer of The Clash...."The Last Gang in Town" is a Clash tune, "excitement gang" is a reference to the Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros song "Coma Girl," and I believe at one point in his life Joe Strummer went by the name Woody.
    astatusquoexileon July 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat a great song. I agree this song is a tribue to Joe Strummer. On top of the references that astatusquoexile listed, Joe Strummer also did a song called Ramshackle Day Parade (great song too, check it out) with the Mescalleros, which I believe is being referenced in the "ramshackle voice" line. As far as the Woody thing, I was thinking that he was talking about Woody Guthrie, a political American Folk musician, and basically comparing the impact of Joe Strummer on music to the impact of Woody Guthrie, which is quite high praise.
    R2kon August 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhoa, Whoa, Whoa. Alright BALLS, first off "Last Gang In Town" IS a Clash song, you will find it on 'Give'em Enough Rope', track #5. So lose your pukeface arrogance before you berate simple posters.
    For the facts:
    1. Woody - nickname for Joe because of Woody Gunthrie, Strummer is also a nickname because of well...his guitar playing ability. His real last name is Mellor.
    2. you guys have gotten the rest pretty well spot-on.
    abmiller444on February 18, 2009   Link
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    General Commentastatusquoexile is right, at one point Joe called himself woody. Also the line "he's only looking for fun" is from the clash song '(White Man) in Hammersmith Palais". The chain gang is a reference from Joe's song "Long Shadow". Last Gang in Town is also the title of a clash song.
    mechpope13on September 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commentalso "attack of a bluesbeat," is from (White Man) in Hammersmith Palais as well
    mechpope13on November 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentStrummer called himself Woody because he loved Guthrie's work so much.

    However, in context of the song's title, my guess is that The Clash inspired him so much that he feels like he might've known Joe Strummer on so much of a personal level that he could refer to him by the nickname Woody. Or not, just throwing that out there really.
    Seedboyon May 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe title of the song simply is saying that Strummer was great enough to be compared to Woody Guthrie.

    great song by the way!
    Filbunkeon June 24, 2008   Link
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    General Commentjoe's nickname when he was in the london squatting scene was "woody" because of his love of woody guthrie, however he ditched the name (and his friends) when the sex pistols and punk came around and hated it when people called him woody cos it was seen as as his old "hippie" self. it wasnt punk. the title refers to that and how even the great joe strummer was rerally preoccupied with his image
    heyhokidon July 07, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwho the hell is rico?
    blayzethebombon July 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat joe strummer tribute song =]
    poprocksncoke1212on July 28, 2008   Link

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