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The Clash – Rock the Casbah – 1982

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    Now the king told the boogie men
    « You have to let that raga drop »
    The oil down the desert way
    Has been shakin’ to the top
    The Sheik he drove his Cadillac
    He went a-cruisin’ down the ville
    The Muezzin was a-standin’
    On the radiator grille

    The Shareef don’t like it
    Rock the Casbah, rock the Casbah
    The Shareef don’t like it
    Rock 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-pickin’ thumb
    As soon as the Shareef had cleared the square
    They began to wail

    The Shareef don’t like it
    Rock the Casbah, rock the Casbah
    The Shareef don’t like it
    Rock 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

    The Shareef don’t like it
    Rock the Casbah, rock the Casbah
    The Shareef don’t like it
    Rock 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 Shareef was chauffeured outta there
    The jet pilots tuned to the cockpit radio blare
    As soon as the Shareef was outta their hair
    The jet pilots wailed

    The Shareef don’t like it
    Rock the Casbah, rock the Casbah
    The Shareef don’t like it
    Rock the Casbah, rock the Casbah

    The Shareef don’t like it, he thinks it’s not kosher
    Rock the Casbah, rock the Casbah
    The Shareef don’t like it, fundamentally can’t take it
    Rock the Casbah, Rock the Casbah

    The Shareef don’t like it, you know he really hates it
    Rock the Casbah, rock the Casbah
    The Shareef don’t like it, really, really hates it