"Kingston Advice" as written by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones....
In these days you can get no rice
No razor blades but you can get knife
In these days see the people run
They have no food but the boy have gun
In these days they don't throw the stone
Nor use the voice they use the gun alone
In these days to be an oddity
Be hunted down like a scarcity

In these days don't beg for life
Want to take Kingston advice?
Oh please don't beg for your life

In these days the beat is militant
Must be a clash there's no alternative
In these days nations are militant
We have slavery under government
In these days in the firmament
I look for signs that are permanent

In these days with no love to give
The world will turn with no one left to live

In these days I don't know what to do
The more I see the more I'm destitute
In these days I don't know what to sing
The more I know the less my tune can swing

In these days you can get no rice
No razor blades but you can get knife
In these days see the people run
They have no food but the boy have gun


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"Kingston Advice" as written by Mick Jones Joe Strummer

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    General CommentThese days, there's no food (no rice) no love (no love to give) not even a way out (no razor blades), but all you have is fear and oppression from the government.

    Perhaps it's easier to know nothing and be ignorant, than to know everything and be so fully aware of what's going on.
    RettAlexison October 12, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningYeah, you're right, it's about impoverished countries where the citizens have no food, but there is violence and corrupt government. Joe is saying that the more he sees of the world, the more disillusioned he becomes with reality.
    pittsburghgirl92on July 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentJust like the title says, In Jamaica (and sooo many other countries) the population (the Rude Boys in this case) got a knife instead a plate of food to serve and this is a way to governate to manage the people as ignorants while they stole all the counrty resources.
    pasteldechocloon September 06, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"Must be a CLASH! There's no alternative!"

    I always get a kick out of that line.
    leGrawon February 11, 2013   Link

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