"Janie Jones" as written by Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon....
He's in love with rock'n'roll, woah
He's in love with gettin' stoned, woah
He's in love with Janie Jones, woah
He don't like his boring job, no

He's in love with rock'n'roll, woah
He's in love with gettin' stoned, woah
He's in love with Janie Jones, woah
He don't like his boring job, no

And he knows what he like to do
He knows he's gonna have fun with you
You lucky lady
And he knows when the evening comes
When his job is done, he'll be over in his car for you

He's in love with rock'n'roll, woah
He's in love with gettin' stoned, woah
He's in love with Janie Jones, woah
He don't like his boring job, no

In the in-tray, lots of work
But the boss at the firm always thinks he shirks
But he's just like everyone, he's got a Ford Cortina
That just won't run without fuel
Fill her up, Jacko

He's in love with rock'n'roll, woah
He's in love with gettin' stoned, woah
He's in love with Janie Jones, woah
He don't like his boring job, no

And the invoice it don't quite fit
No payola in his alphabetical file
Send for the government man!
And he's just gonna really tell the boss
He's gonna really let him know exactly how he feels
It's pretty bad

He's in love with rock'n'roll, woah
He's in love with gettin' stoned, woah
He's in love with Janie Jones, woah
He don't like his boring job, no, no, no

Let them know, let them know


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"Janie Jones" as written by Mick Jones Joe Strummer

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  • +3
    General CommentThis song is about a regular blue collar worker who has a rough time with his job so he relies on drugs and a prostitute to relieve his stress. Eventually his stress catches up to him and he gets laid off, and he decides to tell off his boss. At the end I think Joe is trying to say that if you have a job you don't like, tell your boss to shove it and find another one you enjoy doing.
    punkintendedon July 01, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti thought it was 'BLOW job'.
    i thought that sounded cool
    toomanyhumanson September 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFrom my understanding Janie Jones was a prostitute in London back in the 70s. She would cater to working stiffs, regular Joes.
    Dokuroon June 28, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"He's in love with rock'n'roll woaahh
    He's in love with gettin' stoned woaahh
    He's in love with Janie Jones
    But he don't like his boring job, no... "

    Just like it says, describing a man who does drugs, listens to rock n' roll, visits Janie Jones ( a prostitute ) often, and hates his job.

    "An' he knows what he's got to do
    So he knows he's gonna have fun with you
    You lucky lady!
    An' he knows when the evening comes
    When his job is done he'll be over in his car for you "

    -After work he visits the prostitute to relieve all his stress and tensions. He looks forward to it everyday.

    "An' in the in-tray lots of work
    But the boss at the firm always thinks he shirks
    But he's just like everyone, he's got a Ford Cortina
    That just won't run without fuel
    Fill her up, Jacko! "

    His thinks his boss is giving him too much work for not enough money. He thinks he has bills to pay, fuel to put in his car, and his paycheck ain't big enough for the large amount of work he does. He's gonna tell off his boss, let a few things off his chest.

    "Let them know - how you feel"

    If you have a job you hate, that's too much work and grovel for not enough money. Tell your boss off and find one you like doing. Stick your middle finger up slowly and stick it in his face, and tell him to take his job and stuff it. That's all you gotta do.
    punkintendedon July 06, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActually Janie Jones was a famous madam of the 70s - which means she ran a social escort (prostitution) service. The other explanations are right. Of course, in the 70s in Britain the shitty jobs were the only ones available, so letting your employers know how you really felt about your job was widely discouraged. But listening to a song that implies it's a good idea is pretty liberating.
    Balleron July 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think a thanks is in order for punkintended and baller, because i honostly couldnt make head or tails of this song for a really long time.

    but now, i've seen the light.
    tyrant mon February 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti gotta say i think he's not being unequivocal here. the "you lucky lady" bit suggests that the guy doesn't treat the woman, hooker, or whoever any better than his boss treats him. happens all the time. plus, at least the guy's got a desk job-- however boring or low-paying it is, it's still a hell of a lot less dangerous than whoring.
    culturecampon March 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe Situationists wrote "NEVER WORK" all over the streets of Paris in the 1960s, influencing the Pistols and the Clash and the rest of the punks. This song is why.
    chowfun18on November 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEverybody HATES going to work.There is always something better you could be doing.
    wombat99on August 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song so much. i don't quite get what it's about. it kind of seems like he's warning janie jones about this guy but then it kind of seems like he's talking about the guy. it doesn't make much sense what it's about to me.
    ryan_horstmanon June 15, 2003   Link

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