The Clash:Version City

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“Version City”
Artist: The Clash
Albums: Sandinista! (1980)
Composers: The Clash


I've had not for a lot of requests recently
Asking what happened to all those old songs
So just feel tonight the winding the clock up
And play it for you

I've always wanted to cross the ocean
I've always wanted to cross the sea
I've always wanted to cross this island...

There is a train at Version City
Waiting for the rhythm mail
If you can jump then jump right now
She can pull you through to better days

Is that the train that they speak off
The one I heard in my younger days
All great bluesmen have rode her
I'm jumping up gonna ride that train

There's a lonely soul out on the crossroads
Waiting there in the pouring rain
He's looking for that great ride, yeah
That'll take him to oh, what's her name

So I rode that train from Version City
For ninety-nine and one half days
I've never heard such rhythm sound
It was in my soul which was on the train

We went straight through Syndrum Inc.
Up and over the Acapella Pass
Then Gibson Town and Fenderville
All stations to the Mesa Boogie Ranch

We saw that soul out on the cross roads
Waiting there in the pouring rain
We called, "hey engine slow your rhythms
See he wants to ride the version train"

We rode that train from Version City
For ninety-nine and one half years
I never seen such funky country
While riding with the engineers

I could not fill no application
Before I rode this rhythm train
I could not work at my station
Before I rode the version train

Someone's there

Version City!

There is a train at Version City
Waiting for the rhythm mail
If you can jump then jump right now
She can pull you through to better days
She can pull you through to better days
Pull you through to better days
Pull you through to better days

Are you a "have" or a "have not"?
Because if you are a "have not", you probably had it
Whereas if you are a "have", you probably got it
And are going to give it away in some time in the future