"Atom Tan" as written by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones....
Now, the corporations stopped (Stopped pushing fast food)
Been a multiple shooting (Downtown at the bank)
Reluctantly the panic (Begins to catch fire)
But it did not affect (The steady sale of jun)
Oh, the state office looked (it looked like Hollywood)
With make-up bleeding (all over the cracks)
Woah, he blew his lines (facing the cameras)
He suffered the first (all-live heart-attack)

Oh, you've caught an even atom tan

The motor-cyanide (cyanide suicide)
He finally found (the brick wall in his life)
Shining up his engine (he dressed right up for it)
At the top of the speedo (he crumpled the bike)
There's plenty people runnin' (runnin' for cover)
Hoping at best (to hold off all the rest)
Onw last stand (at the bunker fire)
Machine gun (and pitchfork and breast)

Oh, you've caught an even atom tan

But it isn't so easy (so easy for lovers)
Chained, love-stained (at the top of the tower)
The pink hearse is leaving (at funeral speed)
Driving your heart (away with the flowers)
All night I waited (I waited for a horseman)
And his ever-faithful (his Indian friend)
I'm not the only one (of the caped crusader fan club)
Watching the sky (for mankind's friend)

Oh, you've caught an even atom tan


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"Atom Tan" as written by Joe Strummer, Mick Jones

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    Song MeaningThis is certainly about nuclear war, the ‘atom’ tan if you will. Numerous lines talk about things that will happen during a nuclear war. Such as corporations stopped pushing fast food, the panic begins, cyanide suicide, at the top of the speedo he crumpled his bike, people running for cover, last stand in a bunker.
    1AltManon March 28, 2012   Link
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    General Commentatom tan is what happens when you get exposed to radiation. you're skin goes red and blisters
    kdanceon April 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI love Atom Tan. It's one of my favorites off of Combat Rock as well. I believe this song is about life becoming as gritty and repulsive as Hollywood, where death and horror are taken at entertainment value.
    saystheshotgunon October 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI always thought this song was about the apocalypse. I took someone as getting an Atom tan as somebody getting killed by an atom bomb.
    billydruidon February 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm surprised no one has commented on this song yet. One of my faves on Combat Rock. I love the vocal mixing is great.

    Anyway, about the meaning, I don't think it has one meaning, I think different areas of the song tackle different stuff.
    Bigson July 27, 2006   Link

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