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The Damned – Nasty Lyrics 3 years ago
A whole bunch of these lyrics are wrong, sorry :(
"With that action meany" is "careful with that axe, you meany" for instance, while the third line in 'my walls,"my floors - all red too" and "to thrill and kill might be really thrilling" is most probably "Driller Killer might be really thrilling" (a famous Video Nasty)

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Billy Bragg – Little Time Bomb Lyrics 6 years ago
Off her head = mad
Off down the boozer = going to the pub.

It's All Over Now - most likely the Bobby Womack song famously covered by the Rolling Stones

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Elvis Costello – Pills & Soap Lyrics 6 years ago
the Lord and Lady Muck we get pictures of is, I'm pretty sure, Princes Charles and Diana.
Furthermore, isn't it scary how this could apply to England today just as well as it did in in the early '80's, 25-odd years and nothing has changed, we've even got a chunk of the same people in the government again!

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Manic Street Preachers – Slash N' Burn Lyrics 6 years ago
"Slash-and-burn is an agricultural technique which involves cutting and burning of forests or woodlands to create fields" according to Wikipedia, Slash N' Burn (spelt that way) was also a technique used in Vietnam by the US Army to - clear forests. But I don't think that necessarily means the song is about deforestration itself.

It seems to be emptiness of today's 'culture' both in everday life and buisiness but that's just me reading into it, i have nothing to back that up.

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The Damned – Melody Lee Lyrics 7 years ago
you know I don't actually know, last time I saw them play it live Monty Oxy Moron played it, but he wasnt'a round back during Machine Gun Etiquette's day i don't think.

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Skindred – Pressure Lyrics 7 years ago
*or optionally inspired by that event

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Skindred – Pressure Lyrics 7 years ago
According to Benji while live it's about his next door neighbour coming to ask him to turn his music down, mostly because said neighbour didn't like the type of music he was playing. He even said at the last Ozzfest they played what song it was, it may have been Back in Black by AC/DC?

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Manic Street Preachers – Motown Junk Lyrics 8 years ago
168 seconds is...2 minutes 28 - now i remember hearing something often about a perfect single being 2 minutes something in length, it would make sense in context in that your heart/brain is being stopped for the rough time of a Motown single. *shrugs*.

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Eels – Climbing To The Moon Lyrics 9 years ago
Judging from E quotes on this site alone, it seems that Elizabeth on the Bathroom Floor, 3 Speed, My Decent into Madness and Electro-Shock Blues all at least take thier basis from the Diaries/writings of Elizabeth, It seems to me like a lot of them are, if not actually taken from the text(s) then paraphrased closey, in her style, but my money's on at least EotBF, 3 Speed and ESB containing, if not totally made up, of text from the book/books.

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Dead Kennedys – Bleed For Me Lyrics 9 years ago
Cowboy Ronnie is Righ Wing American President Ronald Regan, who was in power during the time of Plastic Surgery Disasters (the album featuring Bleed for Me). He was a former actor in Western films.
Thus I've always figured it was to do with his warmongering ways, america's 'unofficial' buisiness in thrid world countries and less than savoury activites involving sercret services and people he considered threats...

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The Specials – Little Bitch Lyrics 9 years ago
Suit Boy - it's a Dammers' song, music and lyrics. Dammers can be/is a bit of a prick really.

I wonder about mysoginistic, Dammers was obviously annoyed by this type of person so he wrote a song about how much he doesn't like them. The Specials would release the exact same thing (this time as a single) in Stereotype - this song is about a type of male person he doesn't like - is that song anti-men? Y'know

I dunno, the Loony Tunes film made me loose my train of thought.

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The Specials – Man at C&A Lyrics 9 years ago
Dealing with the, then (1980) very real threat of nuclear war and how helpless the regular person would be, as well as the general fear of war, conflict and the U.S.

The Mickey Mouse/Ayatollah section could be a reference to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and the American embassy hostages. That shit went down in February 1980, a good six months before More Specials (this song's album) came out. An Ayatollah is a high ranking Islamic cleric.

Oh and C&A was a cheap clothing chain store in (amongst other places) the U.K. and Europe. The sort of place a normal bod would work and/or shop.

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The Specials – Concrete Jungle Lyrics 9 years ago
No comments for Concrete Jungle? Fine. Let's change that.
It was written by Roddy Radiation (Guitars). The song's fairly self explanitory I've always thought BUT it's about the air of menance that existed in British Cities circa the late 1970s and early 1980s (It's still there, but some would argue less so) and the dangers of going out if you were Black or, in Roddy's case, Alternative.

The line, incorrect here, I'm pretty sure should be 'I get chased by the National Front'. The National Front, predocessors to the BNP, were a politcal party who's politics lied somewhere between anit-immigration and nazi, they were disturbingly strong in the late 1980s (see Tom Robinson Band's 'Winter of '79' or The Clash's 'English Civil War' for two examples off the top of my head).


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The Specials – Gangsters Lyrics 9 years ago
Bernie Rhodes, who knows, dont' argue was thier manager at the time, he was also the manager for The Clash at various times as well. Most of the song is the shit of various credibitly he used to spurt, as well as references to events when he was managing them, such as the guitars incident.

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Kirsty MacColl – There's A Guy Down At The Chip Shop Who Swears He's Elvis Lyrics 9 years ago
This got Kirty a bit of a reputation as a 'novelty act' and a repuation as a 'novelty song'. Which is total cobblers. Despite it's humourous title, the main focus is on the lines that follow 'but he's a liar and I'm not sure about you.

It's about a gal (the narrator) being in a relationship with a popular and successful gentleman who appear to be some kind of buisnessman or wheeler-dealer (moehair suit, foriegn shoes, on the phone to New York). And the girl is loosing her trust in him. Obvious IMO but worth posting.

There was an add campaign a few years ago for the local chip shop inspired by this song, a 'come and see Elvis' sort of slogan did it have.

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Kirsty MacColl – Soho Square Lyrics 9 years ago
This song is perfect.

Anyway.

If you've having trouble figuring out what it's about. It's about a girl who gets stood up in Soho Square (A square off of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road in London) yet despite this still wishes he would have met and and that he will one day meet her.

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Kirsty MacColl – Free World Lyrics 9 years ago
You know I always thought it was directed at a Thatcherite. Like she was talking to someone who had gotten caught up in the Thatherite ways and had become, well, a twit - a friend, a (former or soon to be former) lover, an actual person. Compare, say, Billy Bragg's From Red to Blue.

And it is disturbing how much of Free World is still applicable. VERY scary.

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The Damned – Melody Lee Lyrics 9 years ago
To summarise lol.
Melody Lee appeared in the British kids comic (think The Beano not Superman) Bunty. A young dancer who was being trained by a scarred ex-pro dancer. Fantasticly creepy really. Despite being popular she was dropped from the book and Captain Sensible and his girlfriend were protesting the same day as the Sid Vicious concert (not at it).

The song was written by taking lines straight from the speech bubbles and caption boxes of the Melody Lee strip. So the song is actually about the character.

This information brought to you from the Machine Gun Etiquette CD re-issue's booklet.

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The Damned – Disco Man Lyrics 9 years ago
I still see Disco Man every night in my town. They're still out of thier head falling along and trying to get into cabs while totally pissed.
'The Dole' is the British Unemployment Benefit btw, a small amount of money (currently £45-ish a week) given to the unemployed who are 'actively seeking work'.


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The Damned – Bad Time For Bonzo Lyrics 9 years ago
Tis also worth a mention that the 'bonzo' in question in the film Bedtime for Bonzo is a chimp...

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Ian Dury And The Blockheads – My Old Man Lyrics 10 years ago
I'm gonna play this at my old man's funeral too lol.

For those not in the know, or in America, 'the number 18 down to Euston' is a Bus, that runs to Euston, in London :)

MeX

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Ian Dury And The Blockheads – Blackmail Man Lyrics 10 years ago
This is an ANTI-RACIST song, god it pisses me off when people think otherwise. Apparently the name is a play on words, Black Male, geddit? It’s supposed to be an ironic statement on the silly narrow minded views silly narrow minded people have about racial stereotypes.

Here is a list of all the rhyming slang in the song:

Raspberry ripple – cripple
Buckle-my-shoe – Jew
Silvery spoon – black man (actually means ‘coon’ but I hate that fucking word)
Bubble & squeak – Greek
Tom & Dick – sick
Paki – Pakistani, not rhyming slang just a shortening, slightly racist.
Chink – Chinese, not rhyming slang just a shortening, slightly racist
Ponce - 'scrounger' (someone who lives off of somebody else etc), not rhyming slang
Tidily-wink – Chink (Chinese)
Charlie Ronce - ponce
Paraffin lamp – tramp
Elephant’s trunk – drunk
Newington Butts – guts
Hampton wick – dick
Berkshire hunt – cunt
Fraiser & Nash – a slash (urinate)
Pony & trap – crap
‘up your harris’ – up your ass – Harris = aris = short for Aristotle, Aristotle = Bottle, Bottle = Bottle & Glass which = Arse = the buttocks (yeah I know)
In your mince – in your eyes, Mince = Mince Pies = eyes
Hamptons – penises (Hampton Wicks = Dicks)

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Joy Division – Digital Lyrics 10 years ago
Curtis wasn't* - soz

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Joy Division – Digital Lyrics 10 years ago
I'm not sure if Ian Curtis was diagnoses bipolar, but i know his wife thought he sort-of was.

It really does fuck me off that people continue to shout 'suicide' and 'epilepsy' at every Joy Division song. Curtis was epileptic untli after this song was written (and recorded i think) and he wasn't in a particularly bad frame of mind either if accounts are to be believed.

I've always considered it ot be about paranoia, but I confess I don't really know what it's about. Except that it's not about epilepsy.

MeX

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Joy Division – Decades Lyrics 10 years ago
Personally i'm going with the soldier reading. Touching from a Distance (a book i love btw ds'why i mentioned it so much) mentions that Curtis was reading a lot of literature about such matters, especially Nazi Germany so it seems to fit.

I know a lot of people love to read 'suicide' into every Ian Curtis lyric, but he did have other interests too y'know.

MeX

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Joy Division – The Eternal Lyrics 10 years ago
the two bits weren't always written at the same time and could be nothing to do with each other* - sorry i rewrote the line incorrectly.

MeX

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Joy Division – The Eternal Lyrics 10 years ago
i think it may be about both a funeral and the boy mentioned (which i've heard somewhere too) It was mentioned on another song and it is a fact that Curtis would often write songs by playing the tapes of the music and picking pieces from his notebooks. The (in this case) two bits weren not all written at the same time and were nothing to do with each other.

THe first verse seems to very clearly (IMO) describe a funeral.

MeX

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Joy Division – Heart and Soul Lyrics 10 years ago
Again I think the song has a lot to do with his marriage to Debbie Curtis. Again it comes across as a romance based lyric. There could well be references to impending suicide but again it seems to me to be more about his wife

"I'd humbly ask for forgiveness
A request well beyond you and I "

MeX

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Joy Division – A Means To An End Lyrics 10 years ago
Given what was going on his private life, I would be very surprised if this wasn't 80% about Ian Curtis' wife Debbie. Debbie ended up asking for a divorce around this time if i remember. It seems to me to be very much about the breakdown of a relationship (and his relationship with mistress Annik was relatively fine)

MeX

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The Style Council – All Gone Away Lyrics 10 years ago
A song about how various decisions made by the Conversative Goverment in the 1980s effected towns that were built around a particular industry - more or less anyway.

The Conversative Goverment closed down a lot of industires in Britain in favour of shipping in from abroad for a much cheaper price. The most commonly referenced is the Coal Mines due the high profile Miner's Strike in 1984/5. The town in this song is a town built around the Coal Mining buisisness 'the eerie wail from the pit' and the 'ghosts of men taking the morning shift'.

This lead to a lot of things being closed down, in this case, mines. Which lead to a lot of people moving away from the towns that were built around these industries leaving ghost towns in thier wake.

MeX

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The Style Council – Homebreakers Lyrics 10 years ago
A song about Britain circa the mid-1980s under the Conservative Party and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

The song is particularly addressing the party's advice on how to deal with the unemployment problem (which was by the time of this song's writing, out of control high) which as simply - if you can't find work in your town, go somewhere else and find it there. Which lead to the break out of many homes and a transient workforce trapseing around the country.

MeX

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The Style Council – Life At A Top Peoples Health Farm Lyrics 10 years ago
A very underrated Weller lyric, he chose it for his Suburban 100 book, filled with his favourite lyrics.

The song is about the mid 1980s and the problems caused by the Conversative Goverment, specifically in this case, employment - or the lack thereof. There is also another reference to the Conservative's advice that if there was no work in your town you should simply go somewhere else and find it there. ('Hombreakers' 'All Gone Away'...)

I'm not sure if the cousin looses his health farm and ends up serving cocktails and lettuce in another, or that he only succeeds because he is serving the idle rich, the only people who truely benefited from Thatcher's reign. Both are applicable.

The Archers is a soap opera broadcast via Radio (instead of television) in Britain.

MeX

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The Style Council – Man Of Great Promise Lyrics 10 years ago
It is about David Waller. A former member of the Jam and an old friend of Paul Weller's. Waller overdosed on Heroin and died after being an addict for some time.

I'm not sure if he killed himself, but something leads me to think he did. I can't remember what.

MeX

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The Jam – Pity Poor Alfie/Fever Lyrics 10 years ago
Now I've heard it said that Alfie kills himself. I think this is very sensible:

"At the top of the stairs, to find poor alfie, the blood stained letters..." etc

BUt I've also heard it said that Alfie was gay. I'm not sure I see the proof of this - can anyone help?

MeX

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The Jam – Liza Radley Lyrics 10 years ago
Every girl i've ever been in love with has been Liza Radley (Just with different hair).

This is on of very few posts I will make that is not about the meaning of a song. BUt I am love with this song.

Mex

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Madness – Land Of Hope And Glory Lyrics 10 years ago
It's a song about borstal. One of the band had been. I can't remember who it was though, I think it was Thommo.

MeX

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Madness – Drip Fed Fred Lyrics 10 years ago
The song is about the search for at first the people making attempts on local top gangster Freddie who is hospitalized, then after he is killed his murderer. (In the video it is revealed as Rev. Greene) Ian Dury plays a hoodlum leading the search through London's underworld.

Of note this features all three of Madness vocalists - Suggs plays the Rev. Green
Lee Thompson is the televiison announcer who announces him.
Chas Smash is Freddie
and Ian Dury plays the hoodlum.

MeX

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Madness – Lovestruck Lyrics 10 years ago
Yeah this song's about being as drunk as drunk can be.

It's all set in Tottenham, a part of London. Less than half an hour from Camden (where Madmess lived).

MeX

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Madness – One Better Day Lyrics 10 years ago
This is a song about two homeless people. Arlington House is a big ol' building on Arlington Road in Camden, London (where Madness lived). It was used as a homeless shelter in the 1980's. I think the building is still there, but I dont think it's a shelter anymore.

The woman in the video for this song is apparently Sugg's wife. When I saw them live he dedicated to her and mumbled something to that effect.

The song is more than likely set on Camden Highstreet, a road that runs parallel to Arlington Road. The lock that the homeless man sees right though is without doubt Camden Lock and Arlington Road is not on the canal, while it runs right under the Highstreet.

MeX

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Madness – Embarrassment Lyrics 10 years ago
Yep, this is pretty much what Barson and Thompson always say. It was written abou the reactions of a girl (Thompson's Sister) having a baby of mixed race out of wedlock.

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The Clash – All the Young Punks (New Boots and Contracts) Lyrics 10 years ago
"Dury and his band were seen as classically-trained or art-school types (which they were) jumping on the punk/new wave bandwagon. Although undoubtedly musically talented, they lacked any significant political agenda, and that's probably why the Clash took a dig at them."

I'm don't agree with this. Fistly Dury was held in high regard by most of the Punk bands (Johnny Rotten, Mick Jones and Jimmy Pursey for instance). Strummer had known Dury during his pub rock days when he was in the 101'ers and Dury was in Kilburn & the Highroads amd there was never any animosity ever shown between the two then or later (in fact all of the bands of that era are always described as being quite chummy) plus they signed with Blackhill (Dury's management company at the time) and several peopel including Kozmo Vinyl, Johnny Green and one of the band (Strummer or Simonon possibly) have hinted/said that one of the reasosn for this was because they were managing Dury. And Dury did have a political direction, which pretty much matched the Clash's. Oh and the band would later go on hire three Blockheads - Mikey Gallagher, Norman Watt-Roy and Davey Payne at various times. Gallagher played on London Calling. So yeah, lol.

The reason always sighted as to why Strummer got so pissed that Jonsey played with Dury for Sweet Gene Vincent is because he thought Jonsey should put the band above personal appearances.

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The Clash – English Civil War (Johnny Comes Marching Home) Lyrics 10 years ago
hold on, the 'clubs' aren't like, actual clubs btw, y'know, dance halls, they mean like big wooden thigns to hit people with lol.

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The Clash – English Civil War (Johnny Comes Marching Home) Lyrics 10 years ago
Strummer has always gone on record as saying this reworking was about the rise of the far right in the late seventies. I've heard some people say the target was the Conservative Party and the song was about the impending arrival of Margaret Thatcher. It wasn't.

Strummer and the band in general always refer to the far right in particular as being the racist National Front party who were at the time (1978 and thereabouts) gaining incredible popularity and actually had a good chance of taking over from the then-current, ineffectual Labour goverment.

At the time it was common for National Front members to rally support, or cause havoc, at gigs, very often leading to violence - something that would dog Sham 69, Madness and all of the Two Tone bands in the coming months and year. hence the 'the stage of clubs and fists'.

I always took the 'it can happen again' to mean the Nazi occupation of Europe.

"The New Party were a pro-nazi facist party set up in the 1930s in England. The members and supporters of the party (the New Party Army) would raid communist meetings, bash non-white people and jewish people in the street." - Given Strummer's good knowledge of the subject (Far right in England/Britain) I think this is a very, very good guess, it's also true.

An interesting note about this song that few seem to pick up on. 'When Johnny Comes Marching Home' was a song from the South during the Civil War. The side that was fighting FOR slavery. There's a delicious irony to turning it into a song against racists.

MeX

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The Clash – The Prisoner Lyrics 10 years ago
oh some more compedium stuff

Johnny too Bad - a Reggae song by The Slickers, included on the Harder They Come soundtrack. Supposedly Mick Jone's favourite Reggae Song.

Johnny B. Good - Chuck Berry classic song. Even if i think it's inferior to about half of his other 'greatest hits' at the very least.

'to bunk' - in this context it means to to get onto a train for free.

MeX

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The Clash – The Prisoner Lyrics 10 years ago
the song is not exclusively about Bernie Rhodes, if it is at all, which i doubt. The line 'the prisoner lives in Camden Town selling revolution' could be about him but I'm pretty sure wasn't living in Camden at the time - i'd need to delve into my pile of Clash biographies t check that though.

The song is mostly about day-to-day life for a city kid as far as i can tell. Probably Mick Jones himself, as he did like to write about himself a lot ('Train in Vain' 'Deny' 'I'm Not Down' 'Stay Free'...)

the day to day saga of working people - british coap opera Corontion Street.

MeX

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The Clash – Protex Blue Lyrics 10 years ago
has anyone noticed there's loads of in songs where 'Johnny! Johnny!' just fits nicely at the end? I have.

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The Clash – Lost in the Supermarket Lyrics 10 years ago
I was gonna post the story cupfromikea just did lol. Anyway yeah Mick Jones think's it's about him (typical Jonsey). Joe Strummer wrote the song and I think you'll find him on record somewhere saying a lot of it was bout his life up the point of writing. which does seeem to fit, going from suburban sprawl to damp rat-ridden fleapits and all.

Oh yeah - JOE STRUMMER wrote this song. Just to clarify like

Also, i like to sing 'I've got Big Audio Dynamite album' to this, it's sad, but it makes me happy.

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The Clash – Deny Lyrics 10 years ago
From what i can gather from various autobiographies and The Complete Clash guide to thier songs, it's about an ex of Mick Jones' (Guitar). I can't remember her bloody name.

The song was mostly written by Jones and certainly existed before Joe Strummer (Vocals, Rhythm Guitar) joined the band. I'm pretty sure the song is a bitter exaggeration of a lyric, meant to just put down the girl, she was a drug addict (I believe she did take heroin 'baby I've seen your arms' but not so much) and was a bit...free if you get my drift.

It's worth noting that a lot of Mick Jones' lyrics are pretty much about his own life ('Train in Vain' 'Stary Free' 'Up in Heaven').

The 100 club is a small, underground music venue and bar in Oxford Street, London.

MeX

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The Clash – Washington Bullets Lyrics 10 years ago
The Complete Clash states that the first verse is about the trouble they had in Kingston, Jamaica ('jamdown town') where a kid was shot just down the street from thier studio by drug dealers. Thought I'd clear that one up.

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Ian Dury And The Blockheads – Razzle in my Pocket Lyrics 10 years ago
From my home-made Ian Dury companion (yeah...)

‘I went out on the nick’ – to nick = to steal. To go out with the sole purpose of stealing things.

‘South Street, Romford, Shopping Arcade’ – South Street is a major road in Romford which is a market town in Havering and also happens to be where I was born, raised and currently live. There are several shopping arcades but a lot of them hadn’t been built at the time, so I can’t tell you which one it is, my granddad seems to think it’s one that’s not there anymore. The Jewellers form later in the song does still exist however. Though it’s changed it’s name.

Razzle Magazine – a porn magazine
Silhouette of Nudes – another porn magazine

‘Have you got any form?’ – do you have any previous convictions.
‘I slung my hook’ – to sling your hook is basically to fuck off, to depart from somewhere quickly.

This is one of my all time favourite songs; I’ve actually done this too as a kid, thieved magazines from South Street. It was the song that got me into Ian Dury also.

Oh and yes i did notice the rhyming scheme.

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