"Jimmy Jazz" as written by Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon....
The police walked in for Jimmy Jazz
I said, he ain't here, but he sure went past
Oh, you're looking for Jimmy Jazz

Sattamassagana for Jimmy Dread
Cut off his ears and chop off his head
Police came looking for Jimmy Jazz

So if you're gonna take a message 'cross this town
Maybe put it down somewhere over the other side
See it gets to Jimmy Jazz

So tell it all, police come in they said
Now, where's Jimmy Jazz
I said, hmm, he was here but, uh, he said, he went out
Who is it they're lookin' for?
Jimmy Jazz, Jazz, Jazz, Jazz eh

Sattamassagana for Jimmy dread
Cut off his ears and they'll chop off his head
Oh you're lookin' for
Jimmy Jazz, Jazz, Jazz

What a relief!
I feel like a soldier
But I look like a thief
It's for the Jazz

Police come lookin' for the Jimmy Jazz
He came in and he may go
'Cause now they''ll get him hanged for that
Jimmy Jazz, Jimmy Jazz

Infact, don't you bother me, not anymore
I can't take this tale, oh, no more
It's all around
Jimmy Jazz, Jazz

J A Z Z, J A Zed Zed Z Z Z
J A Zed Zed, J A Zed Zed, J A Zed, Jimmy Jazz
And then it sucks
He said, suck that

So go look all around, you can try your luck, brother
And see what you found
But I guarantee you that it ain't your day
Your day, it ain't your day
Chop, chop


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"Jimmy Jazz" as written by Mick Jones Joe Strummer

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    General CommentThe cops looking for jimmy jazz can be understood as a methaphore for people that are just going into the mainstream punk at that time, and forgetting Jazz, that was one of the bases of rock music. Its like he is defending jazz by fooling the police. I dont know, that is my opinion.
    Drum_Headon January 17, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentINteresting how "Z" is pronounced both ways...
    AyeAyeReturnson September 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSatta Massagana means "Give thanks." A term often used in Rastafarian and Reggae jams. Possible roots from Ethiopia.
    felixCostelloon October 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEep. nobody commented on this one, so i guess i will do the honors. this song is wonderful, enough said. yeah, i'm really bad at this posting thing. i could at least be interesting...
    LiquifiedCaton June 25, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is nuts, why is nobody commenting, this is one of the greatest songs ever. pssh. some people are just kwazy. oh well, not my deal. and im sorry i dunno the meaning of it.
    mobsterstanmanon September 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat does sattamassagana mean?
    queenjaneon September 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat Song.
    RAPisCRAP222on April 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove this song, love the clash. no idea wat its about tho. theres gotta be sum1 out there who dus tho! come on people!!
    hot_fuss44on October 29, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is simply a "get away song". strummer, like dylan and springsteen, is fond of romantic and daring characters with wacky names, like Jimmy Jazz.

    the police are on the search for jimmy jazz. i love the way strummer basically scats at the end.
    sgt.peppperon December 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti read in a magazine which was published around the time of the clash's 25th anniversary and read that Jimmy Jazz was infact a nickname for Topper Headon.
    tommycoolon January 25, 2006   Link

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