"I Fought the Law" as written by and Sonny Curtis....
Breakin' rocks in the hot sun
I fought the law and the law won
I fought the law and the law won
I needed money 'cause I had none
I fought the law and the law won
I fought the law and the law won

I left my baby and it feels so bad
Guess my race is run
She's the best girl that I ever had
I fought the law and the law won
I fought the law and the

Robbin' people with a six-gun
I fought the law and the law won
I fought the law and the law won
I lost my girl and I lost my fun
I fought the law and the law won
I fought the law and the law won

I left my baby and it feels so bad
Guess my race is run
She's the best girl that I ever had
I fought the law and the law won
I fought the law and the

I fought the law and the law won
I fought the law and the law won
I fought the law and the law won
I fought the law and the law won
I fought the law and the law won
I fought the law and the law won
I fought the law and the law won
I fought the law and the


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"I Fought the Law" as written by Sonny Curtis

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    General CommentOkay, so this is what the DK did. They heard the Clash's version of what would happen to a middleclass man, and then they re-did for what would happen to a man w/connections.

    I will further explain. The Clash's version is about a guy who works, and obvioulsy doesn't make enough money to support his wife and such. So he goes and robs people for money that he needs. He gets caught, gets sent to jail and that's it, it's over. It's on how the gov don't do anything about low wages, it drives the people to do bad things, and send them to jail.

    The DK version. A laid-back guy who has no worries at all because he's got people who got his back. the guy from the song killed George and Harvey and nothing happened is in mockery. Of how if you know the gov and cops and politicians, you can get away with even the biggest scams and law breaks because they're buddies. They'll just look away. So he goes further to say he's the leader of the KKK and the cops say it's okay. Eventhough the KKK is still around, they're watched closely, but a lot of cops are part of the KKK, and the guy in the song is a cop. So the song sees the cop's point of view and how he can do anything and nothing will happen to him.
    TaLeNa824on December 28, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAmazing song, pretty self explaintory. I am dissappointed in the lack of The Clash's comments. They are so influentual, but I guess kids today dont care about that.
    InsaneJediGirlon January 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. The Clash are a great old punk band and have so many great tunes
    A-PuNKRoCK-FReaKon May 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. The Clash rocks.
    antagoniston May 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgood times...
    susiehighschoolon May 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song, which of course the Clash didn't write, seems to be about someone regretting their life of crime because (among other reasons) they lost their girlfriend. However, what with the Clash's supposedly suspect past, in their hands it seems more like a wry criticism of the unfairness of the police, with the stuff about armed robbery is played for laughs.
    Rich_Mon May 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou're anal, Rich M.
    susiehighschoolon May 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's a good song, nonetheless. even though so many other bands have covered the song. even the grateful dead?! i mean... what's up with that?
    agnostic_rabbion June 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about an actual situation with a gay mayor or something like that. Read the comments on the Dead Kennedys version of the song for the story behind the original song.
    UnseenOpon July 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt amazes me what little comments the clash get ..
    Punker829on March 05, 2003   Link

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