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The Clash Bankrobber Lyrics

Last updated: 02/28/2011 10:00:00 AM

my daddy was a bankrobber
but he never hurt nobody
he just loved to live that way
and he loved to steal your money

some is rich, and some is poor
that's the way the world is
but i don't believe in lying back
sayin' how bad your luck is

so we came to jazz it up
we never loved a shovel
break your back to earn your pay
an' don't forget to grovel

the old man spoke up in a bar
said i never been in prison
a lifetime serving one machine
is ten times worse than prison

imagine if all the boys in jail
could get out now together
whadda you think they'd want to say to us?
while we was being clever

someday you'll meet your rocking chair
cos that's where we're spinning
there's no point to wanna comb your hair
when it's grey and thinning

run laddy run
strike out boys, for the hills
i can find that hole in the wall
and i know that they never will

Thanks to cj for submitting Bankrobber Lyrics.

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brilliant | Reviewer: felix | 12/12/09

This used to be a favourite at a club I ran in Edinburgh in the early 90's. A mix of reggae(I think produced by Mikey Dread?) and punk, with a real hot Brixton summer day feel about it. Now it sounds cool kickin out of my subs in St Kilda, but it brings back memories anywhere.

white reggae | Reviewer: steve robinson | 8/31/07

This trck is brilliant - I remember seeing The Clash in the early 80s and this song was a highlight - the clash had it all - and this song shows them at their best - respectful of the reggae tradition and a reminder to punks everywhere that the roots of punk are in the protest music of black musicians.

Bankrobber ROCKS!! | Reviewer: elly ramone | 12/7/06

This is one of the sweetest clash songs EVER!! If you haven't listened to it yet, you don't know what you're missing! The music is great; it's very laid back and relaxing. Might not be for hardcore punks, but it's worth a listen. This is the Clash at their best!!