"The Right Profile" as written by Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon....
Say, where did I see this guy?
In 'Red River'?
Or a 'Place In The Sun'?
Maybe 'The Misfits'?
Or 'From Here to Eternity'?

And everybody say, "Is he all right?"
And everybody say, "What's he like?"
And everybody say, "He sure look funny"
That's Montgomery Clift, honey!

New York, New York, 42nd Street
Hustlers rustle and pimps pimp the beat
Monty Clift is recognized at dawn
He ain't got no shoes and his clothes are torn

And everybody say, "Is he all right?"
And everybody say, "What's he like?"
And everybody say, "He sure look funny"
That's that Montgomery Clift, honey!

I see a car smashed at night
Cut the applause and dim the light
Monty's face is broken on a wheel
Is he alive? Can he still feel?

And everybody say, "Is he all right?"
And everybody say, "Shine a light"
And everybody say, "It's not funny"
That's Montgomery Clift, honey!

Shoot his right profile

And everybody say, "Is he all right?"
And everybody say, "What's he like?"
And everybody say, "He sure look funny"
That's Montgomery Clift, honey!

Nembutol, numbs it all
But I prefer alcohol

And everybody say, "What's he like?"
And everybody say, "Is he all right?"
And everybody say, "He sure look funny"
That's Montgomery Clift, honey!

He said go out and get me my old movie stills
Go out and get me another roll of pills
There I go again shaking, but I ain't got the chills

ARRRGHHHGORRA BUH BHUH DO ARRRRGGGGHHHHNNNN!!!!

And everybody say, "What's he like?"
And everybody say, "Is he all right?"
And everybody say, "He sure look funny"
That's Montgomery Clift, honey!


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"The Right Profile" as written by Mick Jones Joe Strummer

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  • +5
    General CommentMonty Clift WAS an actor famous for his face (right profile) which was eventually messed up in a car wreck. Clift had a serious drug addiction problem and died young of an overdose. He was in several famous films with Liz Taylor, for one.
    LolaBaton October 21, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAs the first few lyrics say, Clift was in the movie THE MISFITS (where the punk band got their name from) and FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (The name of one of The Clash's live albums.)

    (The Misfits, starring Marilyn Monroe & Clark Gable, was both their last films before they died)

    He is also the subject of the song "Monty Got A Raw Deal" by REM
    JeffKaos71on September 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA beautiful song.

    It begins and ends fantastically like most Clash songs.

    I absolutely love listening to this song. It's so effortless but immensely effective.
    BoHoon May 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMonty clift was also one of the first method actors along with marlon brando and james dean. monty and brando were kinda like rivals, but yet friends.
    purav19on January 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm pretty sure Montgomery Clift was an actor, and guy stevens convinced joe to write this song about him, and sound drunk while he sings it, adding to the effect
    queenjaneon October 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthat's MRS Know it all...
    LolaBaton November 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think he was also secretly gay. Anyway, this is such a fun song despite the subject matter. I love it!
    Rasputin007on January 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, Strummer wrote it after Stevens loaned him a biography of Clift. It's also meant to be about Stevens as well, although that's not as obvious in the lyrics.
    shadowwiththeeyeson April 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song by The Clash!
    iluvtheclashon October 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentArticle on Montgomery Clift: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    mchammeron January 02, 2006   Link

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