"The Equaliser" as written by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones....
No! Gang boss no!
We don't want the whip!

As you get weaker - it will get harder
So don't be like him
Keep your bones of effort and strength
Don't sell them to him

We don't want no gang boss
We want to equalize
To my fathers fathers fathers father
Work was no joy
When his son had grown of age
You got to work now boy
Never ceasing for many years
Want to follow that boy?

Till half and half is equalized
Put down the tools
See the car see the house
See the fabulous jewels
See the world you have built it with shoulders of iron
See the world but it is not yours say the stealers of Zion

Geneva
Wall Street
Who makes them so fat?
Well well me an' you better think about that
In overdrive whooo

Till humanize is equalize
Put down the tools
Every face on every side
Throw down the tools
Stay at home
Don't check with Rome paint strike on the door
It's one to one the fight is on so don't go to war

We don't need no gang boss
We have to equalize


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"The Equaliser" as written by Mick Jones Joe Strummer

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    General CommentGreat song. Seams like not too many care for it, though...Anyways it seems like it is just about calling for the people to protest the class structure of those in the working world and bring people in the world to a more equal level with one another. Why should those at the top grow fat and wealthy off the blood and sweat of those working at the bottom is what this song is bringing into question.
    pretzzron July 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIn every site or forum, seems no one cares for this song at all.
    They're all crazy.
    It's one of my favourites.
    RettAlexison October 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAbsolutely right, pretzzr ! Sweet smoky dub song, with reggae imagery :
    "See the world you have built it with shoulders of iron
    See the world but it is not yours say the stealers of Zion"
    I'm really struck by the premonition of these 2 lines :
    "Don't check with Rome paint strike on the door
    It's one to one the fight is on so don't go to war"
    The pretty ugly Margaret Thatcher had to face big strikes and social fight, in response to her ultra-capitalist and reactionary politics during the 80's. 2 years after this song was written, she distracted people's attention from the resentment they felt by declaring war to Argentina about the Falkland Islands...
    The Dog That Ate...on March 26, 2008   Link

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