Yankee soldier
He want to shoot some skag
He met it in Cambodia
But now he can't afford a bag

Yankee dollar talk
To the dictators of the world
In fact it's giving orders
An' they can't afford to miss a word

I'm so bored with the U...S...A...
But what can I do?

Yankee detectives
Are always on the TV
'Cause killers in America
Work seven days a week

Never mind the stars and stripes
Let's print the Watergate Tapes
I'll salute the New Wave
And I hope nobody escapes

I'm so bored with the U...S...A...
But what can I do?

Move up Starsky
For the C.I.A.
Suck on Kojak
For the USA



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"I'm So Bored with the U.S.A." as written by Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Topper Headon

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  • +5
    General Comment:This song isn't about hating America or Americans, but more about being sick of bombarded by it's culture and foreign policy. Very timely. Americans should understand this more that anybody, because they're the most bombarded by their culture.
    And yeah, it gets boring...
    Chinupon December 01, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:"Yankee soldier
    He wanna shoot some skag
    He met it in Cambodia
    But now he can't afford a bag"
    Skag is slang for herion, the verse references to those Vietnam vets who got addicted to herion during the war but were left penniless by the government

    "Yankee dollar talk
    To the dictators of the world
    In fact it's giving orders
    An' they can't afford to miss a word"
    - I'm pretty sure this is about the US being the world police and threatening economic sanctions on the countries with dictators who were broke because of communism. this is still going on.

    "Yankee detectives
    Are always on the TV
    'Cos killers in America
    Work seven days a week"
    - The 1970s was a bloody decade for America as a crime-wave hit, and a lot of detective shows resulted, making them the new cowboys

    "Never mind the stars and stripes
    Let's print the Watergate Tapes
    I'll salute the New Wave
    And I hope nobody escapes"
    - Nixon of course, but not sure if the New Wave means crime wave or what. Nixon did give a wave of peace signs as he was led out of the White House onto a helicopter, which contradicts his actions. He was a thief who still wanted peace for his own sake, which kind of applies to all Americans. Whereas "peace" in the 60s meant deep feelings of connections, "peace" after Nixon means "mind your business and hopefully we won't have a confrontation that will drag us both through the mud"

    "I'm so bored with the U.S.A.
    But what can I do?"
    - The newspaper headlines and television shows in the 70s were anything but boring, so this may be ironic.
    Shep420on June 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:i dont really like America I wanna move to Austrailia I can believe nobody has commented on this song it is so great!!!
    Atticuskickson April 30, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:ok if u cant understand what this song is a about ill do everyone a favor and smash a 2 by 4 over your face
    hpw101on June 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I listened to this song on that endless night of the US Presidential election in 2000. I don't know why, it just felt right.
    Daisukeon June 28, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:i saw in a movie bout them they wrote "I'm so bored with the U.S.A." on a window with ice cream cones
    queenjaneon September 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:this song is all the more relevant in these days of rap topping the charts and crap like that. american influence is everywhere, penetrating, and you can't escape it. near the end of the song it says but what can i do? reflecting on how we can't stop it.
    punkrawkrebelon January 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This was one of Mick's songs he wrote for a girlfriend saying originally, "im, so booooooored of You!"
    Then joe said, No, make it, "im so booooored with U. S. A."
    Boulevardtrash.comon March 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:the most clever lines are "move up starsky/ for the CIA/suck on kojak/for the USA" cause starsky from starsy and hutch the TV show and Kojak was another TV detective who sucked on a lollipop all the time cause the actor had quit smoking. Joe strummer was a genious
    tazloron March 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This song is obviously about the whole-wheat bread embargo of 1936. I mean, look at all the references! "Starsky" is clearly meant to be unscrambled to form the name "Rastyks." This refers to Martin Rastyks, the man who assasinated the Prime Minister of Britain as a protest to the embargo. "Cambodia" is often associated with the phrase "Killing fields." Ms. Fields is a cookie company. Cookies were also affected by the trade embargo. It is no coincidence that The Clash chose these words. They also make a reference to the ending of the embargo when they mention "kojak," because Kojak was the name of the man who made the bomb that was used to destroy the Chinese embassy in Poland. All of these references are so obvious! I can't believe nobody noticed them.
    1stnameon July 15, 2005   Link

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