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London Calling Songtext
von The Clash

London Calling Songtext

London calling to the faraway towns
Now war is declared, and battle come down
London calling to the underworld
Come out of the cupboard, you boys and girls
London calling, now don't look to us
Phoney Beatlemania has bitten the dust
London calling, see we ain't got no swing
'Cept for the ring of that truncheon thing

The ice age is coming, the sun's zooming in
Meltdown expected, the wheat is growing thin
Engines stop running, but I have no fear
'Cause London is drowning, and I live by the river


London calling to the imitation zone
Forget it, brother, you can go it alone
London calling to the zombies of death
Quit holding out, and draw another breath
London calling, and I don't wanna shout
But while we were talking, I saw you nodding out
London calling, see we ain't got no high
Except for that one with the yellowy eyes

The ice age is coming, the sun's zooming in
Engines stop running, the wheat is growing thin
A nuclear error, but I have no fear
'Cause London is drowning, and I live by the river

The ice age is coming, the sun's zooming in
Engines stop running, the wheat is growing thin
A nuclear error, but I have no fear
'Cause London is drowning, and I live by the river

Now get this

London calling, yes, I was there, too
An' you know what they said? Well, some of it was true!
London calling at the top of the dial
After all this, won't you give me a smile?
London calling

I never felt so much alike alike alike alike

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"...When the song says "Now war is declared, and battle come down", this is referring to how Nazi-Germany constantly bombed Britain (London) at night in WWII, the battle was coming down on them. Also it says "London Calling to the underworld come out of the cupboard you boys and girls", this is talking about the citizens of London would hide undergroud in the Subway to get away from the bombings in London and often people would put their little "boys and girls" in the Subway. ..."
contributer

while also urging the punks to drop the cliches and expand their horizons a bit. At the time he was living at his girlfriend's flat in a tower block on the 'Worlds End'- estate, which is right by the Thames river, and they had just built the Thames' flood barrier so he was theoretically safe, hence "london is drowning but i live by the river".
(www. songfacs.com)

Das rückwärts abgespielte Kurz-Solo der Gitarre (im Zwischenspiel) trägt seinerseits zur Erzeugung dieses Bildes bei.
Dr. Christofer Jost
http://www.songlexikon.de/songs/londoncalling

Joe once did a radio documentary on the BBC where he explained what this song was about. At the time, there were many 'doom prophecies' being put forward by the intellectuals and scientists, many of them contradictory (eg the sun is zooming in, yet the ice age is coming?!). Joe was making fun of these people,

Der Songtext entwirft ein Endzeitszenario, dessen Ursachen in der Koinzidenz von Krieg, Hungersnot, Nuklearunfall (siehe oben) und Naturkatastrophen liegen. Mit den Worten "This is London calling" eröffnete die BBC eine Vielzahl ihre Radioübertragungen während des Zweiten Weltkriegs.
Sänger Joe Strummer unterstützt das Bild einer aus den Fugen geratenen Welt zusätzlich dadurch, dass er im Zwischenspiel nach dem dritten Refrain in ein animalisches Jaulen und Heulen einstimmt.

London Calling ist das im Dezember 1979 erschienene, dritte Album von The Clash.
Der Titelsong London Calling beschreibt das gleichzeitige Hereinbrechen aller möglichen Katastrophen.
(Wikipedia)
Das Songwriting wurde inspiriert durch einen Störfall im US-amerikanischen Kernkraftwerk Three Mile Island zu Beginn des Jahres 1979. Besagtes Ereignis veranlasste das Autorenduo, sich in die textliche Darstellung einer düsteren Weltsicht zu vertiefen.

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