Shuffle Song Of The Day (5/23/18): “The Call Up” By The Clash

“The Call Up” is a song by the acclaimed British Punk rock band The Clash from their 1980 album Sandinista!. Like a lot of punk rock, this song is anti-establishment, particularly drafting and war. I agree with the overall message, mainly because getting drafted and killed in a war I don’t agree with doesn’t sound like a very fun time. I find it kinda strange that punk rock is, for the most part, anti-war when you consider the violent sound and mosh pits at their shows. Hippies used to be the anti-war crowd, with their acoustic guitars and weed smoke. Then it somehow transformed into screamed vocals and mohawks were now the main voice of sticking it to the so called “man”. Anyway, this is my personal favorite Clash song, which says a lot because they have plenty of amazing songs.

Favorite Lyric(s)

you must not act the way you were brought up

Who knows the reasons why you have grown up?

Who knows the plans or why they were drawn up?

It’s up to you not to heed the call-up

I don’t want to die!

It’s up to you not to hear the call-up

I don’t want to kill!

For he who will die

Is he who will kill

All the young people down the ages

They gladly marched off to die

Proud city fathers used to watch them

Tears in their eyes

Shuffle Songs Of The Day Spotify Playlist

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