"White Riot" as written by Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon....
White riot, I want to riot
White riot, a riot of my own
White riot, I want to riot
White riot, a riot of my own

Black man gotta lotta problems
But they don't mind throwing a brick
White people go to school
Where they teach you how to be thick

An' everybody's doing
Just what they're told to
And nobody wants
To go to jail

White riot, I want to riot
White riot, a riot of my own
White riot, I want to riot
White riot, a riot of my own

All the power's in the hands
Of people rich enough to buy it
While we walk the street
Too chicken to even try it

And everybody's doing
Just what they're told to
And nobody wants
To go to jail

White riot, I want to riot
White riot, a riot of my own
White riot, I want to riot
White riot, a riot of my own

Hey, you, standing in line
Are we gonna sign an agreement?

White riot, I want to riot
White riot, a riot of my own
White riot, I want to riot
White riot, a riot of my own


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"White Riot" as written by Mick Jones Joe Strummer

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  • +5
    General CommentI read on article on this song, and basically the song is about Strummer's participation in a riot at the Notting Hill carnival in 1976. The blacks were rioting at police oppression and Strummer was rebelling against authority. He realised during the carnage that he was wrong to join in "their" battle.
    Mainstreeton March 30, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThe Clash are simply commenting on how only black people are willing to fight the cops and resist tyrranny.

    Only when you have nothing to lose, can you give yourself completely.

    White people had a lot to lose by fighting back.
    nationofoneon March 07, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe Sex Pistols thought that clash was racists just because of the words "WHITE riot"
    But the song isn't any racist song, it's just about that they were the only white men in a riot!
    So if anyone of you are that dumb that you think clash are racists you should think again!
    DevasMolfensekron July 26, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit says people are too frightened to fight after the education they've received?

    anyway...
    stainon August 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti wanna riot.
    mehon June 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh DO YOU?????

    ok, as you were
    lunatic96on July 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's not about being afraid to fight after recieving education. It's about how people are taught to just accept things as they are and not try to make a change.
    aebassiston March 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think its time for white riot..or any color for that matter. this country is at such a fucking low point...interesting how these words can mean just as much now as they did then- Nothing Has Changed!
    lyrastaron March 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNonetheless, it's an awesome song.
    Carlos_The_Elfon March 31, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNonetheless, it's an awesome song.
    Carlos_The_Elfon March 31, 2003   Link

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