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At number 15 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 greatest songs of all time is “London Calling” by The Clash. I have already blogged about this song here, when I blogged about the album of the same name, which is listed as the 8th best album of all time. But, you can’t get too much of a good thing, so I am happy to blog about this song again!



At number 30 in Rolling Stone Magazine's '500 Greatest Songs of all Time' is "I Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash.

At number 15 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s ‘500 Greatest Songs of all Time’ is “London Calling” by The Clash.




This song just tears at you from the opening guitar note. So powerful, so energetic; to me it is one of the best songs to come out of the “punk” era of the late 1970s. It was written by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones, and released in December 1979. It only got as high as number 11 in the Disunited Kingdom singles charts, and didn’t break into the US’s main singles charts at all. Just shows that chart success is not always a good sign of what and what isn’t a great song.


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

[Chorus 1:]
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

[Chorus 2: x2]
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 [fading] alike alike alike


Here is a video of this incredibly powerful song. Enjoy!





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