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"London Calling" - The Clash

Artwork for "London Calling" by The Clash.

Andrew Luke
Rolling Stone placed "London Calling" in a high position in their list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (15th place in 2004).

The Clash - "London Calling"

The Clash's official music video for "London Calling."

Andrew Luke
The song was recorded at Wessex Studios in London. Sex Pistols, The Damned, and The Rolling Stones recorded songs there.

Lyrics for "London Calling"

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

[Chorus 1:]
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 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 nodding out
London calling, see we ain't got no high
Except for that one with the yellowy eyes

[Chorus 2: x2]
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 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
After all this, won't you give me a smile?
London calling

I never felt so much alike [fading] alike alike alike

Andrew Luke
"This is London calling..." was how the BBC World Service identified itself to radio listeners during the Second World War.

The Clash - "London Calling"

Lyric video for "London Calling" by The Clash. Get your punk rock on!

Andrew Luke
The song deals with various social themes such as debt, threat of war, police brutality and urban living.
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