LONDON CALLING

Original The Clash version

London calling to the faraway towns
Now war is declared and battle come down
London calling to the underworld
Come out of the cupboard, you boys and girls
London calling, now don't look to us
Phoney Beatlemania has bitten the dust
London calling, see we ain't got no swing
'Cept for the ring of that truncheon thing

The ice age is coming, the sun's zooming in
Meltdown expected, the wheat is growing thin
Engines stop running, but I have no fear
Cause London is drowning and I live by the river

(London calling) to the imitation zone
Forget it, brother, you can go at it alone
London calling to the zombies of death
Quit holding out and draw another breath
London calling and I don't wanna shout
But while we were talking I saw you running out
London calling, see we ain't got no high
Except for that one with the yellowy eyes

The ice age is coming, the sun's zooming in
Engines stop running, the wheat is growing thin
A nuclear error, but I have no fear
Cause London is drowning and I, I live by the river

The ice age is coming, the sun's zooming in
Engines stop running, the wheat is growing thin
A nuclear error, but I have no fear
Cause London is drowning and I, I live by the river

Now get this!
London calling, yes, I was there, too
An' you know what they said? Well, some of it was true!
London calling at the top of the dial
And after all this, won't you give me a smile?
London Calling

I never felt so much alive, alive, alive, alive... [fades out]


Page last updated: 23 Oct 2010

Info

LONDON CALLING is a song written by Nicholas Headon, Michael Jones, John Mellor, and Paul Simon and originally released by The Clash on their 1979 album London Calling. In 2004 Rolling Stone magazine placed LONDON CALLING at #14 on its list of "The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time".

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The above lyrics are for the original The Clash version of LONDON CALLING as released in 1979.

Springsteen's Version

Bruce Springsteen performed LONDON CALLING live a few times in 2003 and 2009. See the live 28 Jun 2009 version for more details.

Available Versions

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