Joe Strummer And The Mescaleros:Ramshackle Day Parade

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“Ramshackle Day Parade”
Artist: Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
Albums: Streetcore (2003)
Composers: Bullen/Shields/Slattery/Stafford/Strummer

Muffle the drums
Behold the new century comes
Was it all the amphetamine presidents and their busy wives?
Or did Manhattan crumble the day Marilyn died?

All your life you dreamed a dream
Somehow connected with the silver screen
With half closed eyes you realise
Love in the life that is paradise

In a technicolour fade I dream a parade
Like some flob house bop house serenade
Every dog must have his day

Ramshackle day parade
We’re going on through
Ramshackle day parade

This is the ramshackle day parade
Of all those lost, unborn and unmade
And whose heads got filled with neon lava
And remain buried underneath this road

Ramshackle day parade
Taking the freight elevator from the incinerator
Come all the hopped up G-men riding refrigerated alligators

Faces of the civil wars
In holograms holding 44’s
After the deranged cowboys
Bring out the banners of Stalingrad

Bring out the banners of Stalingrad

Here comes the marching band
The band of the underhand
This is the ramshackle day parade
Ramshackle day parade