Revolution rock, it is a brand new rock
A bad, bad rock, this here revolution rock

Careful how you move, Mac, you dig me in me back
An' I'm so pilled up that I rattle
I have got the sharpest knife, so I cut the biggest slice
I got no time to do battle, hey

Everybody smash up your seats and rock to this
Brand new beat
This here music mash up the nation
This here music cause a sensation
Tell your ma, tell your pa everything's gonna be all right
Can't you feel it? Don't ignore it
Gonna be alright

Revolution rock, I am in a state of shock
So bad, bad rock, this here revolution rock

Careful how you slide, Clyde, all you did was glide
You poured your beer in me hat
Keep my good eye on the beat, living on fixation street
I ain't got no time for that, hey

Everybody smash up your seats and rock to this
Brand new beat
This here music mash up the nation
This here music cause a sensation
Tell your mama, tell your pa everything's gonna be all right
Can't you feel it? Don't ignore it
Gonna be alright

Revolution rock
Get that cheese-grater going, against the grain
Wearing me down
Pressure increaase

(Everybody!) Everybody smash up your seats and rock to this
Brand new beat
This here music mash up nations
This here music cause a sensation
Tell your mama, forgive your papa, everything's gonna be all right
Can't you feel it? Don't ignore it
Gonna be alright

Revolution rock

To the cruelest mobsters in Kingstown
With the hardest eyes and the cruelest tongue
Is your heart so made of rock
That the blood must run 'round the block?
Are you listening mobsters? Hey!
All people grow old, gotta die
While those kinda fools go rolling by
It's food for thought, mobsters
Young people shoot their days away
I've seen talent thrown away
All you loan sharks!

The organ plays
And they're dancing to the brand new beat
This here music mash up nation
This here music cause a sensation
Tell your ma-ma-ma-ma, tell your pa-pa-pa-pa everything's gonna be all right
Can't you feel it? Don't ignore it
Everything's gonna be alright
I say, revolution rocks

There's that old cheese grater
Rubbing me down
This must be the way out

Here's the cheap bit
Ooh la ooh la ooh la

Any song you want
Playing requests now on the bandstand
El Clash Combo
Paid fifteen dollars a day
Weddings, parties, anything
And Bongo Jazz a speciality


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    May I draw attention to the fact that this song was not actually written by The Clash, but by a little-known reggae singer called Danny Ray, who rather confusingly shares his name with the sax player. Joe Strummer did change some of the lyrics- "Get up from your seat" was changed to "Smash up your seat", and so on. The lyrical improvisation at the end was added by Strummer too.

    DopeMealon December 11, 2010   Link
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    I think this song talks about letting music in general (but particularly this song) take over shit that goes on in your life instead of being like "Clyde", and also when Joe sings out "I've seen people shoot their days away, I've seen talent thrown away" (even though it's not listed in the above lyrics, he says it toward the end of the song), that really speaks to me. I'd write more but I have to pee.

    sacrifice_for_life1on May 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
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    you gotta check the cover of los fabulosos cadillacs, is so cool and fun

    CUPRAcingon December 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
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    the organ in this song gives me goosebumps....my favorite clash tune.

    InsertEmoNameHereon July 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
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    Agreed, love the organ. When it's silent at first, then Joe shouts and it kicks in for full, magic! And yeah, it's one my favourites as well. It's so bouncy and optimistic, it never fails to cheer me up.

    frantasticon September 09, 2005   Link
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    What a whopper of a song – trumpets, ska beat, organ and the atmosphere that only Bono could describe as “the greatest band that ever lived” – my favourite Clash song – a song that will always make you boogie and cheer ya up

    My favourite parts are the miscellaneous lyrics that Joe sings near the end, likie

    “Organ play!” "I've seen people shoot their days away, I've seen talent thrown away" “This must be the way out”

    and my favourite - “Cheesegrater!”

    RIP Joe

    bkat004on April 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
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    its about how conservatives were afraid of punk music. It adresses that all punk rockers are druged up crazies who are dangerous to society.

    WYWHon January 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
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    which they werent. I guess i wasnt really clear abot that. They just wanted change, and conservatives are afraid of change.

    WYWHon January 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    The first verse of this is referring to "Mack the Knife," which I believe was made famous by Bobby Darin. See Wikipedia

    lukewagoneeron March 27, 2008   Link
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    Get that cheese grater going... against the grain.

    It's food for thought mobsters.

    BubbaHoTepon April 18, 2008   Link

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