Know Your Rights

26 Apr

One of my favourite songs by the British punk band The Clash is ‘Know Your Rights.’ A fantastic song discussing the civil rights (and lack there of) of citizens. Rather punk!!

Know Your Rights
Songwriters: HEADON, TOPPER / JONES, MICK / SIMONON, PAUL / STRUMMER, JOE

This is a public service announcement
With guitar
Know your rights all 3 of them
I say
Number 1: You have the right not to be killed
Murder is a CRIME!
Unless it was done by a
Policeman or aristocrat
Number 2: You have the right to food money
Providing of course you
Don’t mind a little
Humiliation, investigation
And if you cross your fingers
Rehabilitation
Wang! Young offenders! Know your rights
Number 3: You have the right to freeeee
Speech as long as you’re not
Dumb enough to actually try it.
Know your rights
These are your rights
All 3 of ’em
It has been suggested
In some quarters that this is not enough!
Well…………………………
Get off the streets
Get off the streets
Run
You don’t have a home to go to
Smush
Finally then I will readd you your rights
You have the right to remain silent
You are warned that anything you say
Can and will be taken down
And used as evidence against you
Listen to this
Run

Source –
http://www.lyricsfreak.com/c/clash/know+your+rights_20031891.html

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