Who Sang Ghetto Defendant? The Clash

The Clash Combat Rock cover art
publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon
release date: 1982-5-14
genres: Electronic Rock Funk / Soul
styles: Alternative Rock/Indie Rock/Funk/Punk/Rock & Roll
length: 4:45
mixer: Glyn Johns
guest spoken vocals: Allen Ginsberg
writer: Mick Jones, Joe Strummer, Paul Simonon
Do the worm on the Acropolis
Slam dance the cosmopolis
Enlighten the populace

Hungry darkness of living
Who will thirst in the pit?
Hooked in metropolis
She spent a lifetime deciding
How to run from it
Addicts of metropolis
Once fate had a witness
And the years seemed like friends
Her babies can dream
But dreams begin like the end
Shot into eternity
Methadone kitty
Iron serenity

Ghetto defendant
It is heroin pity
Not tear gas nor baton charge
That stops you taking the city

Strung out committee
Walled out of the city
Clubbed down from uptown
Sprayed pest from the nest
Run out to barrio town
The guards are itchy
Forced to watch at the feast
Then sweep up the night
Flipped pieces of coin
Broken bottles
Exchanged for birthright
Grafted in a jiffy

Strung out committee
Sitting pretty
Graphed in a jiffy
No pity, pretty

The ghetto prince of gutter poets
Was bounced out of the room
Jean Arthur Rimbaud
By the bodyguards of greed
For disturbing the tomb
His words like flamethrowers
Paris commune
Burnt the ghettos in their chests
His face was painted whiter
And he was laid to rest
Died in Marseilles
Buried in Charleville
Shut up

Soap floods oil in water
All churn in the wake
On the great ship of progress
The crew can't find the brake
Klaxons are blaring
The admiral snores command
Submarines boil in oceans
While the armies fight with suns

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Know Your Rights
  • 2 Car Jamming
  • 3 Should I Stay or Should I Go
  • 4 Rock the Casbah
  • 5 Red Angel Dragnet
  • 6 Straight to Hell
  • 7 Overpowered by Funk
  • 8 Atom Tan
  • 9 Sean Flynn
  • 10 Ghetto Defendant
  • 11 Inoculated City
  • 12 Death Is a Star