"Inoculated City" as written by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones....
The soldier boy for his soldier's pay, obeys
The sergeant at arms, whatever he says
The sergeant will for his sergeant's pay, obey
The captains until his dying day
The captain will, for his captain's pay, obey
The general order of battle play
The generals bow to the government, obey the charge
You must not relent

What of the neighbours and the prophets in bars?
What are they saying in our public bazaars?
We are tired of the tune, "you must not relent"

At every stroke of the bell in the tower, there goes
Another boy from another side
The bulletins that steady come in say those
Familiar words at the top of the hour
The jamming city increases its hum, and those
Terrible words continue to come
Through brass music of government, hear those
Guns tattoo a roll on the drums

No one mentions the neighbouring war
No one knows what their fighting is for
We are tired of the tune, "you must not relent"

The generals bow to the government
We're tired of the tune, "you must not relent"


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"Inoculated City" as written by Mick Jones Joe Strummer

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  • +2
    General CommentThe Clash's songs are all so timeless.
    Cpt-Sensibleon December 19, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere were two versions of this song, as someone mentions above. The early releases featured the audio from a 2000 Flushes (toilet cleaner) commercial. At some point the Clash were threatened with legal action, so later releases did away with the commercial. I had Rock The Casbah on 45 rpm...if I recall rightly, this song was the "B" side
    ChrisW1964on August 11, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so true even now
    wannabeprettyon March 21, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"The soldier boy for his soliders pay
    Obeys the seargent at arms whatever he says

    The seargent will for his seargent's pay
    Obey his captain till his dying day

    The captain will for his captains pay
    Obey the general order of the battle play

    The generals bow to the government
    Obey the charge you must not relent"
    -i think
    l1am_st0n3ron June 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSeems to be two versions: one has a little outro before the end talking about toilets or something flushing and brushing, the other seems to be straightforward and go staight to the end. odd
    sloeeon October 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno one knows what their fighting is for*
    noyeson May 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think the toilet part makes it even better. inaculated means implant with ideas, so theyre spreading ignorance everywhere-about war, problems, and stuff. so instead of caring about war, they care about their clean toilets.
    imtiltson November 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIn my opinion, I think the toilet commercial is kinda like a metaphor for the faith we put in our gummint. Like in the commercial, it said you don't have to brush for like 4 months, just flush. So it;s like chossing what we're gonna do with the world and then trusting our gummint to do it for us. We don't bother to check on it or see if we're "flushing". Make sense kinda?
    theclash4evzon January 21, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI assumed the toilet cleaning advert was a metaphor for the use of agent orange in Vietnam. Flushing (with chemicals - agent orange) sure beats brushing (soldiers going in to do the dirty work).
    Macanoneon July 16, 2016   Link

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