"Career Opportunities" as written by Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon....
They offered me the office, offered me the shop
They said I'd better take anything they'd got
Do you wanna make tea at the BBC?
Do you wanna be, do you really wanna be a cop?

Career opportunities, the ones that never knock
Every job they offer you is to keep you out the dock
Career opportunities, the ones that never knock

I hate the army and I hate the RAF
I don't wanna go fighting in the tropical heat
I hate the civil service rules
I won't open letter bombs for you

Career opportunities, the ones that never knock
Every job they offer you is to keep you out the dock
Career opportunities, the ones that never knock

Oi!
Bus driver
Ambulance man
Ticket inspector, I don't understand

They're gonna have to introduce conscription
They're gonna have to take away my prescription
If they wanna get me making toys
If they wanna get me, well I got no choice

Career opportunities, the ones that never knock
Every job they offer you is to keep you out the dock
Career opportunities, the ones that never knock

Career, career
Career, it ain't never gonna knock


Lyrics submitted by aebassist, edited by UMWFlyers, jbj1138, Father O Blivion

"Career Opportunities" as written by Mick Jones Joe Strummer

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  • +2
    General CommentLate '70s, massive unemployment in Britain. Of course that's not enough to persuade Joe Strummer to sell out and sign up for some *government* job, especially one where he has to put his life on the line. Watch the film The Filth & The Fury for background.
    Rich_Mon May 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is about how society boxes us into chosing a mainstream job and how obviously some people just dont fit into mainstream culture. I can totaly relate, awesome song
    RapIsNotMusicon May 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with Rich_M & RapIsNotMusic.

    aebassist forgot the "Oi!" Joe chants. It's great.
    sacrifice_for_life1on June 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the part "I hate the civil service rules, and I won't open letter bombs for you". I love the version of this song on the Essential Clash DVD. :D
    tommy_gunon June 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song off of their first album.. Great social commentary.
    JoE][BoXeRon March 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's also about keeping people in their place. They give you a job 'opportunity' that'll keep you just happy enough to keep you from revolting or leaving.
    shadowwiththeeyeson April 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYip the essential version rules it really highlights the way the Clash cared about what was happening the wat he changes the lyrics to talk about Falklands.
    Cpt-Sensibleon December 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is just about the way shit jobs were foisted on the young during the late 70s, the line about taking away prescription is the state of the NHS which was struggling(as it is now) with lack of funding, the line about conscription is about reintroduction of civil service and the line about letter bombs is when Mick worked for a Social Services office where his job was to open letters, due to a bomb scare, Mick hated this due to the awful treatment of the Irish and Blacks at the offices
    He wrote about the staff-these people here have no rock'n roll in thier lives
    cianon April 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a prime example of real punk. i tried to get my band to play it, but they're all idiots...
    sam_forston October 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThen you shouldn't playing with them
    Violentpacifiston February 01, 2007   Link

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