Who Sang Midnight Log? The Clash

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Release information
Writer(s): Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Topper Headon
Release Date: 1980-12-12
length: 2:10
producer: The Clash
lead vocals: Joe Strummer
Lyrics
Working for the devil
You'll have to pay his tax
That means going to see him
Down among the racks
You do his work so fine
He'll remember you

Worried for my friend
As he shows me round the flat
Where I don't want to find him
His lips an' eyelids black
He don't believe my speech
That lines can and should be drawn
Like if he had a shotgun
The barrels would be sawn

Swallowed by the river
Swollen by the rains
That leakin' ol' computer
Of fingerprints and names
Swimming in the river
That floods the neighborhood
I would call to you
But it would do no good

Voting for the law
That's the general occupation
First comes the public safety
Second comes the nation
You won't believe me now
But there's been some illumination
The wisest cops have realized
They ****ed the operation

Cooking up the books
A respected occupation
The anchor and foundation of multi-corporations
They don't believe in crime
They don't know that it exists
But to understand
What's right and wrong
The lawyers work in shifts

'N speaking of the devil
He ain't been seen for years
'Cept every twenty minutes
He zooms between me ears
I don't believe in books
But I read all the time
For ciphers to the riddles
An' reasons to the rhymes

Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 The Magnificent Seven
  • 2 Hitsville U.K.
  • 3 Junco Partner
  • 4 Ivan Meets G.I. Joe
  • 5 The Leader
  • 6 Something About England
  • 7 Rebel Waltz
  • 8 Look Here
  • 9 The Crooked Beat
  • 10 Somebody Got Murdered
  • 11 One More Time
  • 12 One More Dub
    12" Vinyl 2
  • 1 Lightning Strikes (Not Once but Twice)
  • 2 Up in Heaven (Not Only Here)
  • 3 Corner Soul
  • 4 Let’s Go Crazy
  • 5 If Music Could Talk
  • 6 The Sound of Sinners
  • 7 Police on My Back
  • 8 Midnight Log
  • 9 The Equaliser
  • 10 The Call Up
  • 11 Washington Bullets
  • 12 Broadway
    12" Vinyl 3
  • 1 Lose This Skin
  • 2 Charlie Don’t Surf
  • 3 Mensforth Hill
  • 4 Junkie Slip
  • 5 Kingston Advice
  • 6 The Street Parade
  • 7 Version City
  • 8 Living in Fame
  • 9 Silicone on Sapphire
  • 10 Version Pardner
  • 11 Career Opportunities
  • 12 Shepherds Delight

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