"Lover's Rock" as written by Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon....
You must treat your lover girl right
If you wanna make lover's rock
You must know a place you can kiss
To make lover's rock

Everybody knows it's a crying shame
But nobody knows the poor baby's name
When she forgot that thing that she had
Yeah to swallow

Oh you Western man, you're free with your seed
When you make lover's rock
But woops, there goes the strength that you need
To make real cool lover's rock

A genuine lover takes off his clothes
And he can make a lover in a thousand go's
An' she don't need that thing that she had
Yeah to swallow, know what I mean? Oh

Yeah, you must treat your lover girl right
To make lover's rock
You must know a place you can kiss
To make lover's rock

Everybody knows it's a crying shame
But nobody knows the poor baby's name
When she forgot that thing that she had
Oh to swallow, hey

Whose rock? They call it 'Lover's rock'
Whose rock? They call it 'Lover's rock'
Whose rock? They call it 'Lover's rock'
Whose rock? They call it 'Lover's rock'
Whose rock? They call it 'Lover's rock'
Whose rock? They call it 'Lover's rock'

Whose rock? They call it 'Lover's rock'
Whose rock? They call it 'Lover's rock'
Whose rock? They call it 'Lover's rock'
Whose rock? They call it 'Lover's rock'
Whose rock? They call it 'Lover's rock'

Whose rock? They call it 'Lover's rock'
Whose rock? They call it 'Lover's rock'
Whose rock? They call it 'Lover's rock'


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"Lover's Rock" as written by Mick Jones Joe Strummer

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  • +4
    Song Meaningthis song is written about a book called "the tao of love and sex" which joe strummer recommends to a "boy trying to become a man."
    the book is about how to prevent ejaculations to pleasure the woman more and to conserve your chi.
    that's why when the western man is free with his seed he loses the strength he needs to make real cool lovers rock.
    but a genuine lover takes off his clothes and she doesn't need to take the pill because he can control himself.
    that's the meaning.
    notgonnapay77on July 30, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentYeah.....I think what makes this song so great is how many different interpretations you can get from it. I think the "to swallow" line is literally about the pill.....but the allusion to the Grand Finale of oral sex was obviously intentional. It's what makes this song so great!!

    I think it's about the difference in casual sex and relationship sex as someone pointed out above. In the first verse, it's all about casual sex and one of the possible negative outcomes...stuck with baby.

    In the second, it's all about monogamous sex. And the Western/Eastern thing relates to the Eastern sexual philosophy of holding in ejaculation to hold in strength (Tantra or something....I don't know)...or not having sex as frequently...

    "You Western man, you're free with your seed
    When you make lovers rock
    But woops! there goes the strength that you need
    To make real cool lovers rock"

    Great song!
    iowaboyon August 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt seems to me that they make people think that this song is about oral sex on purpose but that the real meaning is that the guy should wear a rubber even if his girlfriend takes the pill, cause they may end up with a baby anyway. And if they do, they may not know how to raise and care and their baby'll have a miserable life...
    valclermonton October 02, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentto me this song always ment that, sex is to make love to someone you love..not only a pleasure for the man (oralsex) but two persons who give eatchother themselves (takes of his clothes).. but i agree with all of you. i mean..a song means different for each person..and i think you're having a point there with the baby and the pill.
    But then we are there again with the meaning that the man is responsible too..hope i made myself clear..
    Rebeckoon June 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think the songs about the difference between true love and just some one night stand or some shit.. if he really loves her, he makes love to her (genuine lover takes off his clothes) as opposed to some guy just gettin a bj. and if a girl finds a genuine guy who loves her, "she don't need that thing that she had to swallow". i think you know what that is....
    tuley75on February 01, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIf the oral sex thing would be right, i dont understand this line, it seems not to have something to do with oral sex

    'Cause everybody knows it's a crying shame
    But nobody knows the poor babie's name
    When she forgot that thing that she had to swallow

    it seems not to have something to do with oral sex, i never heard about someone getting babies because oral sex. however, it could be about oral sex, that was the first thing i thought when i heard it first time. but now i think its about rubbers and pills, and how people make babies, though they cant care for them.
    myironlungon July 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI definitely think this song is about how you shouldn't rely on the pill, because the girl might forget it and then end up pregnant.

    "'Cause everybody knows it's a crying shame
    But nobody knows the poor babie's name
    When she forgot that thing that she had to swallow"

    I think this part is about the fact that she forgot the pill, got pregnant & then had an abortion. something like that. xD

    This is a heaps good song.
    OFFICERRon September 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment
    From the 25th London Calling Anniversary booklet:

    "This song is a book that we tried to concentrate into two verses- The book is called "The Tao of Love & Sex by "......(doesnt say in the booklet but i assume, Jolan Chang)" It's a thin book and a good one to get if you are a boy trying to be a man"- Joe Strummer
    Markie31on April 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSeems to me that it's about the difference between casual sex and a lasting relationship.
    DruidJJRon February 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think its about the pill and how she forgot to take it and they ended up with a baby. "'Cause a genuine lover takes off his clothes
    And he can make a lover in a thousand go's
    An' she don't need that thing that she had to swallow "
    LauraLovesOasison April 11, 2005   Link

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