Who Sang Clampdown? The Clash

The Clash London Calling cover art
Credits
publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Topper Headon
release date: 1979-12-14
genres: Rock Reggae
styles: New Wave/Dub/Hard Rock/Punk
length: 3:50
producer: Guy Stevens
engineer: Bill Price
bass guitar: Paul Simonon
drums (drum set) & percussion: Topper Headon
guitar: Joe Strummer and Mick Jones
What are we gonna do now?

Taking off his turban, they said, is this man a Jew?
'Cause they're working for the clampdown
They put up a poster saying we earn more than you!
When we're working for the clampdown
We will teach our twisted speech
To the young believers
We will train our blue-eyed men
To be young believers

The judge said five to ten-but I say double that again
I'm not working for the clampdown
No man born with a living soul
Can be working for the clampdown
Kick over the wall 'cause government's to fall
How can you refuse it?
Let fury have the hour, anger can be power
D'you know that you can use it?

The voices in your head are calling
Stop wasting your time, there's nothing coming
Only a fool would think someone could save you
The men at the factory are old and cunning
You don't owe nothing, so boy get runnin'
It's the best years of your life they want to steal

You grow up and you calm down
You're working for the clampdown
You start wearing the blue and brown
You're working for the clampdown
So you got someone to boss around
It makes you feel big now
You drift until you brutalize
Make your first kill now

In these days of evil Presidentes
Working for the clampdown
But lately one or two has fully paid their due
For working for the clampdown
Ha! Gitalong! Gitalong! (working for the clampdown)
Ha! Gitalong! Gitalong! (working for the clampdown)

Yeah I'm working in Harrisburg
Working hard in Petersburg (working for the clampdown, working for the clampdown)
Ha! Gitalong! Gitalong!
Beggin' to be melted down

And I'll give away no secrets

Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 London Calling
  • 2 Brand New Cadillac
  • 3 Jimmy Jazz
  • 4 Hateful
  • 5 Rudie Can’t Fail
  • 6 Spanish Bombs
  • 7 The Right Profile
  • 8 Lost in the Supermarket
  • 9 Clampdown
  • 10 The Guns of Brixton
    12" Vinyl 2
  • 1 Wrong ’Em Boyo
  • 2 Death or Glory
  • 3 Koka Kola
  • 4 The Card Cheat
  • 5 Lover’s Rock
  • 6 Four Horsemen
  • 7 I’m Not Down
  • 8 Revolution Rock
  • 9 Train in Vain

  • Album Information
    label: CBS
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin