"Junco Partner" as written by and Robert Shad....
Down the road came a Junco Partner
For he was loaded as can be
He was knocked out, knocked out loaded
He was a'wobblin' all over the street

Singing six months ain't no sentence
And one year ain't no time
I was born in Angola
Serving fourteen to ninety nine

Well I wish I had me a million dollars
Oh one million to call my own
I would raise meat and say, "grow for me baby"
I would raise me a tobacco farm

Well I wish I would have me a great deal of money
Yeah and mighty good things all over town
Now I ain't got no more money
All of my good friends are putting me down

So now I gotta pawn my rifle and pistol
Yeah I'm gonna pawn my watch and chain
I would have pawned my seat Gabriella
But the smart girl she wouldn't sign her name

Give me headstone when I die


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"Junco Partner" as written by Robert Shad

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    General CommentWell, as I was reading Burrough's JUNKY today, I came across a mention of Angola Prison, located in Louisiana. I immediately thought of the line in this song: "I was born in Angola, Serving 14 to 99." It would make sense that "Junco" refers to "Junky" or "Junk," early 1900's slang for heroin/morphine/any opiate in general. "Loaded" was often used to refer to one who was on a "junk kick," meaning they had recently shot up H. The book itself is an in depth description of life as a junkie, and there are many more parallels between this song and the book. The idea of pawning goods to pay for junk is prevalent, as well as farming, which seemed to be therapeutic when overcoming the "sickness," or withdrawal symptoms of junk. Hope this is helpful.
    danny638on July 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI dont know, i guess thats its an old blues song that is covered by a lot of bands who change the sound in it, like the clash made it dub, or raggae or whatever you want to call it
    ChokingVon April 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentDUDES! CHECK OUT THE CARBON/SILICON VERSION WITH TYMON DOGG PLAYING ELECTRIC FIDDLE! TO YOUTUBE! GO, CITIZENS!

    ...I'm a little obsessed with this song. Also get the James Booker version (old stride piano, AMAZING)on the Revolution Rock Clash Jukebox collection thingy...
    NationalAnathemaon May 21, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionThe song is a New Orleans classic recorded by loads of people. It's clearly a song about junky life. Dr John's version has a verse that goes: 'Gimme whiskey, when I get a lil thirsty/ Good beer when I get a little dry/ Gimme tobacco when I get a lil sickly/ And give me heroin before I die/ With some cocaine on the side'....or something like that. It was a song from the streets before some a
    Authenticson August 08, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General CommentYou're shitting me. This is one of my absolute favorite songs ever...

    and not a soul has commented it?

    I love the live version Stummer did on Give 'Em The Boot IV.

    sadfjklsadjfkljadf. I hate everybody who hasn't commented this song.
    xxblowupon December 29, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentYes, why has no one commented!
    It's pretty fucking awesome.
    RettAlexison October 12, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General CommentOne of my favourite songs by the Clash. One of the best things about the Clash is how diverse their music is, and this track highlights that.
    I have no clue what a 'Junco partner' is, but I'm guessing this song is about the West Indies and taking some form of mind altering substance.
    petetheeliteon February 08, 2009   Link

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