"Revolution Rock" as written by and D. Ray J. Edwards....
Revolution rock, it is a brand new rock
A bad, bad rock, this here revolution rock

Careful how you move, Mac, you dig me in me back
An' I'm so pilled up that I rattle
I have got the sharpest knife, so I cut the biggest slice
But I have no time to do battle

Everybody smash up your seats and rock to this
Brand new beat
This here music mash up the nation
This here music cause a sensation
Tell your ma, tell your pa everything's gonna be all right
Can't you feel it? Don't ignore it
Gonna be alright

Revolution rock, I am in a state of shock
So bad, bad rock, this here revolution rock

Careful how you slide, Clyde, all you did was glide
And you poured your beer in me hat
With my good eye on the beat, living on fixation street
And I ain't got no time for that

Everybody smash up your seats and rock to this
Brand new beat
This here music mash up the nation
This here music cause a sensation
Tell your ma, tell your pa everything's gonna be all right
Can't you feel it? Don't ignore it
Gonna be alright

Revolution rock,
Everybody smash up your seats and rock to this
Brand new beat
This here music mash up the nation
This here music cause a sensation
Tell your ma, tell your pa everything's gonna be all right
Can't you feel it? Don't ignore it
Gonna be alright

Revolution rock,

To the cruellist mobsters in Kingstown,
With the hardest eyes and the coldest tongue
Is your heart so made of rock
That the blood must flow 'round the block?
Are you listening mobsters? Hey!
All people grow old, gotta die,
While those kinda fools go rolling by
It's food for thought, mobsters
Young people shoot their days away
I've seen talent thrown away
All you loan sharks!

The organ plays
And they're dancing to the brand new beat
This here music mash up the nation
This here music cause a sensation
Tell your ma-ma-ma-ma, tell your pa-pa-pa-pa everything's gonna be all right
Can't you feel it? Don't ignore it
Everything's gonna be alright
I say, revolution rocks

There's that old cheese grater
Rubbing me down
This must be the way out

Here's the cheap bit
OO la oo la oo la

Any song you want
Playing requests now on the bandstand
El Clash Combo
Paid fifteen dollars a day
Weddings, parties, anything
And Bongo Jazz a speciality


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"Revolution Rock" as written by Jackie (gb) Edwards Danny Ray

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  • +2
    General CommentMay I draw attention to the fact that this song was not actually written by The Clash, but by a little-known reggae singer called Danny Ray, who rather confusingly shares his name with the sax player. Joe Strummer did change some of the lyrics- "Get up from your seat" was changed to "Smash up your seat", and so on. The lyrical improvisation at the end was added by Strummer too.
    DopeMealon December 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song talks about letting music in general (but particularly this song) take over shit that goes on in your life instead of being like "Clyde", and also when Joe sings out "I've seen people shoot their days away, I've seen talent thrown away" (even though it's not listed in the above lyrics, he says it toward the end of the song), that really speaks to me. I'd write more but I have to pee.
    sacrifice_for_life1on May 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou gotta check the cover of los fabulosos cadillacs, is so cool and fun
    CUPRAcingon December 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe organ in this song gives me goosebumps....my favorite clash tune.
    InsertEmoNameHereon July 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAgreed, love the organ. When it's silent at first, then Joe shouts and it kicks in for full, magic! And yeah, it's one my favourites as well. It's so bouncy and optimistic, it never fails to cheer me up.
    frantasticon September 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat a whopper of a song – trumpets, ska beat, organ and the atmosphere that only Bono could describe as “the greatest band that ever lived” – my favourite Clash song – a song that will always make you boogie and cheer ya up

    My favourite parts are the miscellaneous lyrics that Joe sings near the end, likie

    “Organ play!”
    "I've seen people shoot their days away, I've seen talent thrown away"
    “This must be the way out”

    and my favourite - “Cheesegrater!”

    RIP Joe
    bkat004on April 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits about how conservatives were afraid of punk music. It adresses that all punk rockers are druged up crazies who are dangerous to society.
    WYWHon January 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhich they werent. I guess i wasnt really clear abot that. They just wanted change, and conservatives are afraid of change.
    WYWHon January 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe first verse of this is referring to "Mack the Knife," which I believe was made famous by Bobby Darin. See Wikipedia
    lukewagoneeron March 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGet that cheese grater going... against the grain.

    It's food for thought mobsters.
    BubbaHoTepon April 18, 2008   Link

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