"Lost in the Supermarket" as written by Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon....
I'm all lost in the supermarket
I can no longer shop happily
I came in here for that special offer
A guaranteed personality

I wasn't born so much as I fell out
Nobody seemed to notice me
We had a hedge back home in the suburbs
Over which I never could see

I heard the people who lived on the ceiling
Scream and fight most scarily
Hearing that noise was my first ever feeling
That's how it's been all around me

I'm all lost in the supermarket
I can no longer shop happily
I came in here for that special offer
A guaranteed personality

I'm all tuned in, I see all the programs
I save coupons from packets of tea
I've got my giant hit discotheque album
I empty a bottle and I feel a bit free

The kids in the halls and the pipes in the walls
Make me noises for company
Long distance callers make long distance calls
And the silence makes me lonely

I'm all lost in the supermarket
I can no longer shop happily
I came in here for that special offer
A guaranteed personality

And it's not hear
It disappear
I'm all lost the supermarket
I can no longer shop happily
I came in here for that special offer
A guaranteed personality

I all lost the supermarket
I can no longer shop happily
I came in here for that special offer
A guaranteed personality

(I all lost) I all lost the supermarket
(I all lost) I can no longer shop happily
(I all lost) I came in here for that special offer
A guaranteed personality

(I all lost) I all lost the supermarket
(I all lost) I can no longer shop happily
(I all lost) I came in here for that special offer
A guaranteed personality

I all lost the supermarket
I can no longer shop happily
I came in here for that special offer
A guaranteed personality

I all lost
I all lost
I all lost
I all lost the supermarket
I can no longer shop happily
I came in here for that special offer
A guaranteed personality


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"Lost in the Supermarket" as written by Mick Jones Joe Strummer

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  • +7
    General CommentI think this song's about how disenchanted people become with modern society and the way its strips us of our identity.
    "I can no longer shop happily
    I came in here for that special offer
    A guaranteed personality"
    He lived his life like the commercials told him to, as in he followed all the trends thinking they had the answers ("I save coupons from packets of tea / I've got my giant hit discoteque album"). But when he wanted something substantial, personality, although modern culture promised it, it isn't there, hence is lost in the supermarket of modern culture.
    Cherub Rockon September 23, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdoes anyone else find this song depressing? maybe i'm just being weird, hmm. the supermarket is obviously some sort of metaphor for something, but I can't think of what.
    stardropleton May 15, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's a metaphor for suburban life. He's saying that growing up in the suburbs can lead to a kind of identity crisis because basically when you live there you have no identity(according to him, that is). So it is kind of depressing.
    aebassiston May 15, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's all about consumerism being empty. We live for it, we got our giant hit Britney(tm) albums, and we all love Bacardi(tm)!! Yeah! Whoops where's our culture.
    arfarfon June 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmaybe he really got lost in a supermarket. i did, and i couldnt find my parents, and it scared the crap outta me. but i dont think he did. maybe you guys are onto something. this was pretty pointless, then, huh?
    susiehighschoolon May 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song was commenting on commercialism. with the lines "I've got my giant hit discoteque album" and "I can no longer shop happily" he seems to be unhappy with how commercial everything seems. but then it also has a strong theme of loneliness. great song no matter how you look at it!
    lunatic96on July 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentive gotten lost in the supermarket before
    mrcleanon July 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've never been lost in the supermarket. That would be sad if i did.
    PlasticVictimon August 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes i find this song depressing cause my uncle loved this song and hes no longer with me.
    enjoicocacolaon August 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favourite Clash song, it gets better every time I listen to it and the lyrics are really well written.
    Aneurysm1985on March 07, 2003   Link

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