"Stay Free" as written by Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon....
We met when we were in school
Never took no shit from no one, we weren't fools
The teacher says we're dumb
We're only having fun
We piss on everyone
In the classroom

When we got thrown out I left without much fuss
An' weekends we'd go dancing
Down Streatham on the bus
You always made me laugh

Got me in bad fights
Play me pool all night
Smokin' menthol

I practiced daily in my room
You were down the crown planning your next move
Go on a nicking spree
Hit the wrong guy
Each of you get three
Years in Brixton

I did my very best to write
How was butlins?
Were the screws too tight?
When you lot get out
Were gonna hit the town
We'll burn it fuckin' down
To a cinder

'Cause years have passed and things have changed
And I move anyway I want to go
I'll never forget the feeling I got
When I heard that you'd got home
An' I'll never forget the smile on my face
'Cause I knew where you would be
An' if you're in the crown tonight
Have a drink on me
But go easy...step lightly...stay free

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"Stay Free" as written by Mick Jones Joe Strummer

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  • +3
    General CommentThis song is about growing up and watching your friends go their own ways in this case his firends went to jail. but they're coming backand when they do he'll be there the way he always was to buy them a drink and have their back.
    Star Sickon June 23, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Commentone of my faves
    queenjaneon September 28, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentYeah this one of my favourite Clash songs. The whole Give Em Enough Rope album is in my oppinion very under rated. Didn't get it at first but makes perfect sense now.
    Cpt-Sensibleon August 22, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song is about a love story/friendship story. in the song, jones and his friend share high school and other experiances, until his friend ends up in prison for a small crime.

    the end of the song kind of says that the 2 grew apart and lost touch, but that they'll always remember what happened. it ends with mick's encouraging words to his friend, "go easy, step lightly, be free"

    one of the clash's more personal songs. great tune.
    sgt.peppperon December 20, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhat about Robin Banks now? Anyone knows?

    I this song. I indeed feel nostalgic. It's sad. But somehow this sadness makes me feeling lucky. No, not happy. Lucky.
    sidewalk91on April 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about Mick Jones' personal experience in Brixton with his friend, pretty self-explanitory if you read the lyrics. You can hear the emotion in his voice when he sings it, this song truly comes straight from the heart.
    punkintendedon July 03, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always associated this song with Springsteen's "Bobby Jean".
    Diego8978on February 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about Mick's friendship with Robin Banks, who he went to school with, they would do anything to alleviate boredom- fighting with bullies, answering back to teachers, and were kicked out.Mick concentrated on learning guitar properly(I practiced daily in my room) and RObin got caught up with a group of guys who robbed betting shops.RObin was sent to prison, thats pretty much the backround to the song
    cianon May 31, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe greatest heterosexual manlove song ever.
    FearTheHobbitson May 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song... it sounds sad but like, happy kind of sad. i dont know, it makes me feel nostalgic for some reason. it's amazing. the clash are so awesome
    dormouseon October 04, 2004   Link

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