Come with me. I won't hide
We're going on a ride
We meet each day, use time to see
While we're young and almost free

I've got to lose this skin I'm imprisoned in
Got to lose this skin I'm imprisoned in

Do not turn or hate to see
All the things you think we've got
Do not turn or hate to see
What happened to the wife of Lot

We're alone or so they say
We're not on our own in that way
When we're alone it's real tough going
We can take a part in someone else's play

Come with me, I thought he said
But that's not him anymore, he's dead
What's it like to be so free
So free it looks like lost to me

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  • +1
    Song MeaningMolting process in snakes.
    Singer is describing transformation and growth.

    When I'm really grooving to this one, I'm thinking of the "skin" as whatever current set of responsibilities is wearing me down.
    Birdsheadon September 11, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit is about someone who is resticted from enjoying life due to skin colour. The hints are Young and almost free", " When we're alone it's real tough going We can take a part in someone else's play"

    Its about Micheal Jackson and his race change operation :-)
    hipdudeon January 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwho the hell is singing in this song?
    ThE_VANDALon December 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat would be Tymon Dogg.
    Cosbynauton October 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, it is Tymon Dogg, on the Wikipedia page for Sandinista it says he does vocals on this song.
    Omen1972on August 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcircumscsion????
    gergybeagleRJLon March 04, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIsn't it just about growing up and being independent?
    deb4741134on October 30, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty sure it should be "turn our head" not "turn or hate", especially because of the reference to Lot's wife, who famously turned back to look.
    gammahortonon August 06, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGet the damn lyric right:
    “Turn a head to see”...ought to be obvious

    Weird, beautiful song. Stands out from other Clash songs mainly due to Tymon’s strange singing, but also because of the darker lyrics.

    “Come with me, I thought he said,
    But that’s not him anymore, he’s dead”
    Is likely a reference to Sid Vicious’ death. Basing this on previous Clash references to Sid:
    1) I fought the law (live) - “killed my girl and feel so bad”
    2) Hateful (song is about drug addiction) - “this year I’ve lost some friends”

    This song has a recurring theme of someone wanting to be somewhere they cannot physically be.
    1) Lot’s wife looking back on their hometown which is being destroyed/she dies.
    2) Can’t “come with me” because “he’s dead” now.

    So I’ve always interpreted it as the singer longing to “go away on a ride” to reach outside of their mortal body, literally losing this skin. But he considers others who have already “lost this skin”: Lot’s wife, his friend, etc and comes to conclusion that it’s “so free it looks like lost to me.”
    StayFree95on January 31, 2018   Link
  • -1
    General CommentIs this song about coming out as a homosexual?
    cuddlecoreon June 14, 2009   Link

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