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I’m super cranky. I watched “the future is unwritten” last week. It’s a documentary about Joe Strummer of the Clash. I’ve been trying to blog about it ever since, but I haven’t been very successful. Why? I can’t put into words what it is Joe Strummer has meant to me. And, that is making me cranky. So, here is all I am going to say…

My first memory of Joe Strummer is from Christmas of 1982. I was 11 years old. My dad gave me a stack of LP’s which included the Clash’s Combat Rock. I saw that Travis Bickle mohawk and instantly knew my life was about to change. I remember putting it on the record player for the first time. “This is a public service announcement! … with guitar!” What was my dad thinking?!?? 25 years later that song, that record, that band, and that man are still influencing me and my theology.

This is a public service announcement
With guitar
Know your rights all three of them

Number 1
You have the right not to be killed
Murder is a crime!
Unless it was done by a
Policeman or aristocrat
Know your rights

And number 2
You have the right to food money
Providing of course you
Dont mind a little
Investigation, humiliation
And if you cross your fingers

Know your rights
These are your rights

Know these rights

Number 3
You have the right to free
Speech as long as youre not
Dumb enough to actually try it.

Know your rights
These are your rights
All three of em
It has been suggested
In some quarters that this is not enough!

Get off the streets
Get off the streets
You dont have a home to go to

Finally then I will read you your rights

You have the right to remain silent
You are warned that anything you say
Can and will be taken down
And used as evidence against you

Listen to this