The Clash: Guns of Brixton Meaning
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Guns of Brixton Lyrics
How you gonna come?
With your hands on your head
Or on the trigger of your gun
When the law break in
How you gonna go?
Shot down on the pavement
Or waiting on death row
You can crush us
jim morrison Jun 18th, 2005 6:47pm report
Firstly for you non-brits, Brixton is a very rough-tough sorta area, and let me tell ya, 20 years ago when this song was written, it was a lot worse. This song is just about the gang warfare and general mayhem of the place. It also has it's fair share of "Police are facists" messages.
anonymous Oct 13th, 2011 10:55pm report
How would you describe the different sounds other than the actual lyrics? LIke the instrumentation, the mix, effects, etc.
anonymous May 4th, 2011 5:36pm report
like the whole record
a call to arms
withe a special critic towards selfish gangsta-culture
"You see, he feels like Ivan
Born under the Brixton sun
His game is called survivin'
At the end of the harder they come
You know it means no mercy
They caught him with a gun
No need for the Black Maria
Goodbye to the Brixton sun"
reveres to the movie "the harder they come"
were the hero ivan (I was here but I disapear) ends alone in a mindles gunfight
anonymous Nov 7th, 2009 11:00pm report
The song is about how bad the police state in brixton was at that time
anonymous Sep 7th, 2008 9:26pm report
Its quite straightforward really, its a call to arms against corporate and government oppression.
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