"Ramshackle Day Parade" as written by Joe Strummer, Scott Shields, Martin Paul Slattery, Luke Bullen and Simon Stafford....
Muffle the drums
The hope of a new century comes
Was it all the amphetamine presidents
And their busy wives
Or did Manhattan crumble
The day Marlyn died

All your life, dreamer of dreams
Somehow connected with the silver screen
Half closed eyes, you realize
Loving the life that is paradise
And the Technicolor
I dream a parade like some club house
Club house serenade
Every dog must have his day

Ramshackle Day Parade
We're going on though

This is the ramshackle day parade
Of all those lost, unborn, and unmade
And who's heads got filled with a neon lava
And remain buried underneath this road
Ramshackle Day Parade

Taken' the freight elevator
And the incinerator
To the hopped up G-men riding
Refrigerated alligators
Faces of the civil wars, and holograms holding 44's
After the deranged cowboys
Bring out the banners of Stalingrad
Here come the marching band
The band of the underhand

This is the ramshackle day parade

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"Ramshackle Day Parade" as written by Luke Bullen Joe Strummer

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    General CommentBasically, it seems this song is a celebration of all in the world that goes unnoticed by the naked eye.
    please, someone else comment!!!
    BrokenCarouselon August 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's my understanding that this is about 9/11. Probably the most beautiful ones of all the songs written about that day...
    benjam326on September 12, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is about how the world has always been corrupted and full of hatred and wars, but that we need to keep the hope for a better tomorrow.

    Joe can't say when things went wrong, or who's to blame "Was it all the amphetamine presidents and their busy wives; or did Manhattan crumble the day Marlyn died?"

    In the last verse he speaks of the firemen who went into the world trade centre, into the fire. "Takin' the freight elevator to the incinerator. The hopped up G-men riding..." and seeing that this tragedy is like all the tragedies before it. They see the "Faces of the civil wars" in these people, "and holograms holding 44's"- the ghosts of the soldiers can be seen by them. In the end he sarcastically says to bring out the banners of Stalingrad and celebrate with a marching band, of the underhand.

    The second verse, I believe, is Joe explaining how people avoid the problems - the wars, and famine and hatred- by escaping into a paradise and dreaming of something better. We don't do this because we are ignorant, or blind to the injustices, but because we need a little time to escape in order to get through life, and to feel like we matter, "every dog must have his day."

    We need to celebrate life, and everyone who has ever lived- "Of all those lost, unborn, and unmade"- with a parade, even if it is a ramshackle day parade, just so that we can get though things. "We're going on through."
    phoebe9261on November 02, 2012   Link

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