"The Call Up" as written by Joe Strummer, Mick Jones and Topper Headon....
It's up to you not to heed the call-up
'N' you must not act the way you were brought up
Who knows the reasons why you have grown up?
Who knows the plans or why they were drawn up?

It's up to you not to heed the call-up
I don't want to die!
It's up to you not to hear the call-up
I don't want to kill!

For he who will die
Is he who will kill

Maybe I want to see the wheat fields
Over Kiev and down to the sea

All the young people down the ages
They gladly marched off to die
Proud city fathers used to watch them
Tears in their eyes

There is a rose that I want to live for
Although, God knows, I may not have met her
There is a dance an' I should be with her
There is a town - unlike any other

It's up to you not to hear the call-up
'N' you must not act the way you were brought up
Who give you work an' why should you do it?
At fifty five minutes past eleven
There is a rose...

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"The Call Up" as written by Mick Jones Joe Strummer

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  • +1
    General CommentIt's about rebelling against the millitary draft.
    Aneurysm1985on March 07, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhy is there only one comment to this song. It is great. Yeah draft dodging hreat video and really shows the bands social consciense. Snadanista has some really great political songs on it. It also talks about the cold war at fifty five minuits past eleven I've always considered that a reference to the nuclear clock.
    Cpt-Sensibleon August 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOn Super Black Market Clash "The Cool Out" is the instrumental version of this song.
    Armegideonon December 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat anti war stuff. Lyrics are straightforward enough...work it out!
    Bratton February 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Maybe I wanna see the wheatfields
    Over Kiev and down to the sea".

    A wonderful protest song of militarism.

    The Clash really did soundtrack the Cold War
    BoHoon February 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song from great album
    Kusin Knaseon January 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAnother timeless Clash song. It may have been written at the height of the Cold War, but it is so appropriate now with the Iraq War- especially with the troop surge. I wish radio stations would have had the balls to play this recently. But of course the only Clash songs you hear on the radio is Rock the Casbah, London Calling, and Should I Stay. Corporate radio really sucks!
    cardcheaton June 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt is an anti draft song!!!! it is awsome too. The cool out is a dub of this song.
    clash1977on April 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentPretty obvious on this one... it's an anti war, anti military song. It's up to you not to heed the call. Don't kill, don't enlist, don't go to war. Go AWOL. Military recruiters are vultures. Fuck the military. Fight war, not wars!
    Tig45on April 03, 2016   Link
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    General CommentHut 2 3 4 i Love the marine corps!!!
    clash1977on April 26, 2008   Link

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