"(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais (The Clash cover)" as written by Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon....
(A Clash cover song)
Midnight to six man
for the first time from Jamaica
Dillinger and Leroy Smart
Delroy Wilson, your cool operator

Ken Boothe for UK pop reggae
With backing bands sound systems
if they've got anything to say
there's many black ears here to listen

But it was Four Tops all night with encores from stage right
charging from the bass knives to the treble
but onstage they ain't got no roots rock rebel
onstage they ain't got no... roots rock rebel

Dress back jump back this is a bluebeat attack
jones'in won't get you anywhere
fooling with your guns
the British Army is waiting out there
an' it weighs fifteen hundred tons

White youth, black youth
better find another solution
why not phone up Robin Hood
and ask him for some wealth distribution

Punk rockers in LA
they won't notice anyway
they're all too busy fighting
for a good place under the lighting

The new groups are not concerned
with what there is to be learned
they got Burton suits, ha you think it's funny
turning rebellion into money

All over people changing their votes
along with their overcoats
if Adolf Hitler flew in today
they'd send a limousine anyway

And the all night drug-prowling wolf
who looks so sick in the sun
and the white man in the Palais
But you go lookin' for fun
I'm only looking for fun
oh please mister, leave me alone
and I'm only looking for fun
looking for fun
(breathing)
ow!


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    General CommentThe Clash shall never be topped, this is quite the cover though and I HATE covers, hats off as well but no one can redo the original White Man In The Palais, such a brilliantly written song.
    JoE][BoXeRon January 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYet another great cover by 311. This album...Burning London...is really, really good. If you don't have it I definitely reccomend picking it up.
    BeautifulDisasteron May 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentclash cover :) yay..download the original too, they're both good
    ragegirl84on June 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts a shame you hadn't listened to the original first, but, I still think it is a great cover of a great song..Hats off to 311.
    punkintendedon August 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyea this song is awesome. hate to say it but i like this version better.
    CoarseAiron May 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyea this song is awesome. hate to say it but i like this version better.
    CoarseAiron May 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHah, 311 are exactly the kind of band the Clash were singing about in this song.
    shadowwiththeeyeson November 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's a good cover, but they didn't need to change the line 'Punk rockers in the UK' to 'Punk rockers in LA' after mentioning British punk figures, 'UK pop reggae' and the British Army...
    cityrockerson September 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's a good cover, but they didn't need to change the line 'Punk rockers in the UK' to 'Punk rockers in LA' after mentioning British punk figures, 'UK pop reggae' and the British Army...
    cityrockerson September 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe only leaked Transistor outtake, along with "Space Funk", "Old Funk" and "Grifter".
    Love is suicide...on January 01, 2008   Link

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