"The Sound of Sinners" as written by Topper Headon, Joe Strummer and Mick Jones....
As the floods of God
Wash away thin air
They say it was written
In the page of the Lord

But I was looking
For that great jazz note
That destroyed
The walls of Jericho

The winds of fear
Whip away the sickness
The messages on the tablet
Was Valium

As the planets form
That golden cross Lord
I'll see you on
The Holy Cross Roads

After all this time
To believe in Jesus
After all those drugs
I thought I was Him

After all my lying
And a-crying
And my suffering
I ain't good enough

I ain't clean enough
To be Him
The tribal wars
Burning up the homeland

The fuel of evil
Is raining from the sky
The sea of lava
Flowing down the mountain

The time will sweep
Us sinners by
Holy rollers roll
Give generously now

Pass the hubcap please
Thank you Lord

Lyrics submitted by aebassist, edited by Mellow_Harsher, Sandinistar

"The Sound of Sinners" as written by Mick Jones Joe Strummer

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  • +2
    General Comment'After all this time, to believe in Jesus
    After all these drugs, I thought I was him'

    My favourite lyrics of all time. Joe Strummer was a genius.
    Narco_Darkoon June 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song has never failed to make me smile.
    tooth_brushon November 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlyrically and thematically similar to "Sin City" by the Flying Burrito Brothers. This one's better because cheeky gospel >> country-rock
    chowfun18on November 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThat's Tim Curry doing the priest monologue at the end.
    midnighttosixon July 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat was so the Statler Brothers; Oh my God...
    thesisyih8uon October 18, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love how disc one on the CD version of Sandinista! starts with a tounge-in-cheek rap parody and ends with this song, a gospel parody.

    Pass the hubcap please!
    leGrawon March 04, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Clash wanted to do as many styles as they could on Sandinista. This is a fairly convincing song of redemption, with a little sly dig at the end re the collection box.
    amypaul957on April 05, 2018   Link
  • -1
    General Commentdon't be silly, Joe, you ARE Jesus.
    RettAlexison October 12, 2008   Link

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