Wednesday, April 05, 2006

London Calling

So there is this guy called Harraj Mann. He got into a taxi and was going to take a flight from Durham to London. Along the way, he was playing music on his iPod and singing along. And when he got to the airport, he was escorted from the plane, and held for questioning. The problem you see, was that he was singing. The Clash. London Calling. (You might have heard of it, it was the title track on the album that Rolling Stone ranks #8 on its list of the greatest 500 albums of all time, and that Entertainment Weekly calls the greatest rock album, ever).

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 reign 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 burning and I live by the river

Two buildings, 3,000 people, and now we are now so terribly terribly afraid that singing in public will get you detained by the police.

The terrorists have won.

BBC - linky


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