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The Clash Straight to Hell Lyrics

Last updated: 01/24/2014 09:33:58 PM

If you can play on the fiddle
How's about a British jig and reel?
Speaking King's English in quotation
As railhead towns feel the steel mills rust water froze
In the generation
Clear as winter ice
This is your paradise

There ain't no need for ya
Go straight to hell boys

Y'wanna join in a chorus
Of the Amerasian blues?
When it's Christmas out in Ho Chi Minh City
Kiddie say papa papa papa papa-san take me home
See me got photo photo
Photograph of you
Mamma Mamma Mamma-san
Of you and Mamma Mamma Mamma-san
Lemme tell ya 'bout your blood bamboo kid.
It ain't Coca-Cola it's rice.

Straight to hell
Oh Papa-san
Please take me home
Oh Papa-san
Everybody they wanna go home
So Mamma-san says

You wanna play mind-crazed banjo
On the druggy-drag ragtime U.S.A.?
In Parkland International
Hah! Junkiedom U.S.A.
Where procaine proves the purest rock man groove
and rat poison
The volatile Molatov says-


Go straight to hell

Can you really cough it up loud and strong
The immigrants
They wanna sing all night long
It could be anywhere
Most likely could be any frontier
Any hemisphere
No man's land and there ain't no asylum here
King Solomon he never lived round here

Go straight to hell boys

Thanks to Steve/ for submitting Straight to Hell Lyrics.

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Joe Strummer | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/24/14

An amazingly true and touching song. Joe Strummer was a genius song-writer as well as performer and player. I would have loved to see these guys live and wish I could have talked to Joe. When he died, I called my brother, Jerry and told him because he also loved their music. Now my brother is gone too and I just know that the both of them are having some good talks there in the next world and it comforts me. R.I.P. Jerry and Joe

oh so it's the liberal's fault it it? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/7/11

Well, if those damn conservative war hawks hadn't got us all tangled up in a war we couldn't win, those kids wouldn't have been abandoned! It was handled badly by the ENTIRE country of the U.S., not just the liberals, and we had to pull out eventually anyway

amerasian blues | Reviewer: John | 2/4/11

Forsaken Amerasian kids. But the irony is it was the left wing of u.s. politics that pulled funding for our S. vitnam allies and caused total collapse and abandonment. We even pulled all our air support. That is the real tragedy. And the blame lies squarely on liberal left wing agenda. That's right Teddy Kennedy, your brother spun in his grave over that move of yours.

Hello | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/4/08

Solomon was renowned for his wisdom in accepting all cultures to his Kingdom. This song resonates again in 2008 USa (little case is intentional) as we seek to discriminate against immigrants from that "other America."

Meaning of life | Reviewer: mgod | 2/1/08

The majority of this song reflects Strummer's thorough understanding of our nation's impact on the vietnamese, from Dien Bien Phu to the time we finally realized our abject failure in 1975.

So Mama-San says | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/19/08

Not American, Western. That's "them damned Brits" as well and prejudices against the immigrant work force.
Mostly, to me it's about the Amerasian children that were bred and abandoned by GIs in Vietnam. King Solomon never really had much to do with Western civilization.

Great song. | Reviewer: meg | 12/12/07

This is a great song. It really touches me. I agree, i believe it's a song about the american society and how it's let it's people down in the past. and the parts where joe says, "papasan, please take me home." it really touches me and brings tears to my eyes.

shivers | Reviewer: anth | 3/5/05

i listen to this song (from the here to eternity live album track recorded in '82 boston usa), and shivers run down my spine, it is probably one of the most powerful performances by the clash.
its perfectly played and perfectly sung.
in my opinion its a song about american society and how its let down its people