"Somebody Got Murdered" as written by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones....
Someone lights a cigarette
While riding in a car
Some ol' guy takes a swig
And passes back the jar
But where they were last night
No-one can remember
Somebody got murdered
Goodbye, for keeps, forever

Somebody got murdered
Somebody's dead forever

And you're minding your own business
Carrying spare change
You wouldn't cosh a barber
You're hungry all the same
I been very tempted
To grab it from the till
I been very hungry
But not enough to kill

Somebody got murdered
His name cannot be found
A small stain on the pavement
They'll scrub it off the ground
As the daily crown disperses
No-one says that much
Somebody got murdered
And it' left me with a touch

Somebody got murdered
Somebody's dead forever
Sounds like murder!
Those shouts!
Are they drunk down below?

It's late, and my watch stopped
Some time ago
Sounds like murder!
Those screams!
Are they drunk down below?


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"Somebody Got Murdered" as written by Mick Jones Joe Strummer

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  • +2
    General Commentstrummer lived in a block of council flats for a while, and when walkin back from a night out, he noticed that the car park attendant was missing out of the booth where he usually stood. going to check if he was ok, joe found the attendant shot dead on the floor of the booth having been murdered over a few pence. joe looked for the name of the attendant to put in the song, to no avail, 'Somebody got murdered
    His name cannot be found', so it was written for all the nameless people who get murdered in the streets.

    i have seen this song performed live a few times by tributes and it has such power, always brings a tear to my eye.
    lapinon June 07, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentJoe Strummer: "We got a phone call from Jack Nitzsche and he said 'We need a heavy rock number for this movie with Al Pacino' so I said OK. I went home and there was this guy in a pool of blood out by the car parking kiosk. That night I wrote the lyric. I gave it to Mick and he wrote the tune. We recorded it and Jack Nitzsche never called back."

    Excellent song. Top favorite, for sure. There's two live performances, both of which are great, on YouTube and I hope more will be uploaded or somehow shared in the future.
    SkinnyMalinkon February 12, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI thought about that too, but I think its more a reference to how casual an anonymous murder is. Someone's killed, dead forever, culprit never found, the blood is cleaned up, end of story.

    Dead forever, such a strong phrase. jesus christ
    Boulevardtrash.comon March 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhy hasent anyone commented on this song, its such a great song. i love it. its about someone getting killed by a drunk driver. probly thats what it sounds like anyways
    black sunshineon November 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it is about an anonymous murder and this guys getting blamed you know I been very hungry but not enough to kill and where they where last night no one can remember, anyway that's what I thought when I first heard it.
    Cpt-Sensibleon October 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'd say it's making the point of the magnitude of murder. Firstly that somebody lost their life yet everyone goes on oblivious, which is fairly obvious. But then he's saying I've been hungry and tempted, but not enough to kill. How can you take someone's life forever just for a bit of money? A question muggers need to ask themselves, but also politicians about oil.
    CEREALon June 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat a great song!!!

    I been very tempted
    To grab it from the till
    I been very hungry
    But not enough to kill

    I think this is about a guy who gets blamed for murder he almost certainly didn't commit but, he doesen't remember where he was the previous night.
    matejpon April 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually it was Mick Jones who lived in the council flats and it was Mick who wrote this song- one of my favorites on Sandanista.
    cardcheaton June 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthat's interesting. i always pictured the observer looking down on a dimly lit street, seeing the dead body at night and then the police arriving, and then the crowd watching, and the silence after. like in "rear window", merely observing, thinking to himself "man, i've been hungry myself, but i will never do that"
    Heinrichon June 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIn all honesty, I would personally put this song right up there with their best, I think its that powerful.
    Croatian9Deuceon November 13, 2008   Link

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