"Groovy Times" as written by Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon....
The High Street shops are boarded up
An' the terrace it is fenced in
See-through shields are walled across
The way that you came in
But there's no need to get excited

As the lorries bring the bacon in
'cause the housewives are all singing
Groovy times are here again

They discovered one black Saturday
That mobs don't march they run
So you can excuse the nervous triggerman
Just this once for jumping the gun
As they were picking up the dead
Out of the broken glass
Yes it's number one, the radio said
Groovy times have come to pass!

Groovy times groovy times groovy times

The intake is on the uptake
The acceleration's pretty grim
I can remember his first appearance
Now look what's happened to him
So they put him in a dog suit
Like from 1964
The king of early evening TV
Groovy times forever more

Groovy times

Lyrics submitted by aebassist, edited by rb3868

"Groovy Times" as written by Mick Jones Joe Strummer

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    General Commenti think its about the riots in London at the time, which were thought of as a good time, because people were taking notice, and it paved the way for public demonstrations, because people finally realised that weight of numbers could not be ignored. but its also acknowledging the price that was paid for this. i think black saturday was one of the bloodiest riots at the time
    stang09on September 11, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Ain't things Groovy... Ain't you sick of hearing that for the last thirty years" once exclaimed Strummer.

    That's what its about; pretending things are a-okay, when they're quite clearly not. Musically, socially, culturally and politically looking the other way in the name of entertainment and supposéd happiness.
    BoHoon February 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is being ironic saying groovy times... kind of like saying 'good times...' you know, when your being sarcastic. i dont know... i dont know what black saturday is... i know ive heard it before.
    dormouseon October 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI love the way this song sounds, with the acoustic guitars and joe's voice...at the time, it was a different sound for them, and i think it worked well
    queenjaneon December 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentBoHo's right there.
    callupon December 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOK This song means a lot to me. First of all, the guys in The Clash were growing up and performing during a time of great civil unrest, massive unemployment and poverty. All the while, the government was doing their best to whitewash the grim reality. This theme is prevalent in many of Joe's songs.

    Saying "Groovy times" can refer to music, movies, entertainment, any sort of mantra to tell yourself or others that everything's really better than it seems. As BoHo pointed out, Joe was very clearly sick of the wool being pulled over people's eyes, and I certainly think he wrote and sang these songs in response.

    ok the Lyrics:

    First verse: He's talking about Riot police storming into an area (as the lorries bring the bacon in) and walling it off with see-through riot shields, perhaps in a shopping (the High Street) or residential area. Suddenly finding yourself barricaded off in an otherwise normal public place could be extremely scary You might be inclined to run or hide and might get shot in the process. But don't worry there's no reason to be nervous because all the police are your friends! If you've done nothing wrong there's no reason to worry right? I'm sure all of the innocents dead in the world would disagree.

    Second Verse: if you google "Black Saturday" you'll find many references. Joe could be speaking of December 6th, 1975 in Beirut but more to the point - If you get a large number of people together, what may have started as a peaceful demonstration can turn to a mob in a heartbeat. Tempers can flare, people can get trampled and property destroyed, suddenly you've got a riot.

    Now add policemen or soldiers to that mix. They may be there to keep and/or restore order, but now there's a surge of angry people yelling, running, burning cars, throwing rocks and molotovs. That could make even the most seasoned person nervous and before long a shot is going to get fired and someone will die. In the aftermath you'll have the press acting as apologizers saying "Excuse the nervous triggerman just this once for jumping the gun" he acted inappropriately and it won't happen again...not until the next time. Maybe they will try to spin it that the crowd acted in the wrong. It doesn't matter because people are still dead "they were picking up the dead out of the broken glass". Meanwhile you've got the TV and the radio to distract you and tell you everything's ok!

    Third verse: I'm not exactly sure what he means by "the intake is on the uptake" by I always felt it meant that the amount of bullshit people are willing to buy is on the rise.

    Afterwards he seems to be referencing an English TV icon, and I'm not sure who, but the message is that the media will take something or someone you love and whitewash, re-package, and re-sell it to you over and over until they've taken the piss out of any previous meaning or credibility it may have had.

    They'll dress it up and have it dancing around in a chicken suit before you know it.

    Remember your childhood heroes because it won't be long before they're doing a 'reality' show or on TV doing commercials shilling some product, because hey we're all getting older and could use a little more money right?

    Hey Groovy!
    cupnoodleon February 10, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThe "King of early evening ITV" being referenced is Bill Gundy, who was on Thames Television's Today show. Thames was a licensee of ITV. He famously interviewed the Sex Pistols, and the outrage over that interview shoved the Pistols into the public eye and kicked off the punk era as a major thing. It ruined his career
    rb3868on September 16, 2013   Link

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