The Clash:Rock The Casbah

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“Rock The Casbah”
Artist: The Clash
Albums: Combat Rock (1982)
Composers: The Clash
Lyricists: Joe Strummer

Now the king told the boogie men
"You have to let that raga drop"
The oil down the desert way
Has been shaken to the top

The sheik, he drove his Cadillac
He went a-cruisin' down the ville
The muezzin was a-standing
On the radiator grille

Sharif don't like it
Rocking the casbah
Rock the casbah
Sharif don't like it
Rocking the casbah
Rock the casbah

By order of the prophet
We ban that boogie sound
Degenerate the faithful
With that crazy casbah sound

But the Bedouin, they brought out the electric camel drum
The local guitar picker got his guitar picking thumb
As soon as the sharif cleared the square
They began to wail

Sharif don't like it
Rocking the casbah
Rock the casbah
Sharif don't like it
Rocking the casbah
Rock the casbah

Now over at the temple
Oh, they really pack 'em in
The in crowd say it's cool
To dig this chanting thing

But as the wind changed direction
And the temple band took five
The crowd caught a whiff
Of that crazy casbah jive

Sharif don't like it
Rocking the casbah
Rock the casbah
Sharif don't like it
Rocking the casbah
Rock the casbah

The king called up his jet fighters
He said, you better earn your pay
Drop your bombs between the minarets
Down the casbah way

As soon as the sharif was chauffeured outta there
The jet pilots tuned to the cockpit radio blare
As soon as the sharif was outta their hair
The jet pilots wailed

Sharif don't like it
Rocking the casbah
Rock the casbah
Sharif don't like it
Rocking the casbah
Rock the casbah

Sharif don't like it (he thinks it's not kosher)
Rocking the casbah
Rock the casbah
Sharif don't like it (fundamentally he can't take it)
Rocking the casbah
Rock the casbah

Sharif don't like it (you know he really hates it)
Rocking the casbah
Rock the casbah
Sharif don't like it (he really really hates it)
Rockin' the casbah...