(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais/The Prisoner

June 1978 when the greatest single by The Clash came out, in fact i would say its my favourite single of all time,its one ive played thousands of times and one I have never tired of in 33 years!

It came out in 4 different coloured sleeves I originally had the green one but now have a pink one too. It was one of joe strummers favourite songs and was played at his funeral.

Backed by the Prisoner which was another wonderful song about London life it was just the perfect single! It was never an album track just a single!

I think it was around this time I saw the clash with the specials and suicide as support! Oh how the clash fans loved suicide!

Midnight to six man
For the first time from Jamaica
Dillinger and Leroy Smart
Delroy Wilson, your cool operator

Ken Boothe for UK pop reggae
With backing bands sound systems
And if they’ve got anything to say
There’s many black ears here to listen

But it was Four Tops all night with encores from stage right
Charging from the bass knives to the treble
But onstage they ain’t got no roots rock rebel
Onstage they ain’t got no…roots rock rebel

Dress back jump back this is a bluebeat attack
‘Cos it won’t get you anywhere
Fooling with your guns
The British Army is waiting out there
An’ it weighs fifteen hundred tons

White youth, black youth
Better find another solution
Why not phone up Robin Hood
And ask him for some wealth distribution

Punk rockers in the UK
They won’t notice anyway
They’re all too busy fighting
For a good place under the lighting

The new groups are not concerned
With what there is to be learned
They got Burton suits, ha you think it’s funny
Turning rebellion into money

All over people changing their votes
Along with their overcoats
If Adolf Hitler flew in today
They’d send a limousine anyway

I’m the all night drug-prowling wolf
Who looks so sick in the sun
I’m the white man in the Palais
Just lookin’ for fun

I’m only
Looking for fun

the prisoner meets the muppet hi-fi
north of watford junction
we get in but we don’t have fun
an’ we leave before the truncheons
so it’s back to watch the day to day
saga of working people
hanging out the washing and clipping coupons
and generally being decent

johnny too bad meets johnny be good
in the charing cross road
that’s the only thing that happened today
says the west end jungle code
and all the germans and all the french
jam themselves down the tube
and re-enact the second world war
while the rude boys get rude!

and i look to my left
and i look to my right
and i’m looking for a man
i’m looking for a sign
i don’t wanna be the prisoner

the prisoner lives in camden town
selling revolution
the prisoner loads his tracking arm up
with self-disillusion
your mother does the washing up
your old man digs the garden
you’re only free to dodge the cops
an’ bunk the train to stardom

Mick Jones (who I have seen in a Burton suit) and joe strummer I salute you for lots but especially this single!

 

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2 Comments on “(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais/The Prisoner”

  1. i had the pink one..played it forever


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