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​Red Angel Dragnet

This song is by The Clash and appears on the album Combat Rock (1982).

I come from a long way away
And I know a fine thing when I see it, see it!
For the same reason no one ever pointed a telescope at the sun
Talking about the Red Angels of NY City

Who shot the shot?
Who got shot tonight?
Who shot the shot?
Who got shot tonight?

Not even five enforcement agencies can save their own
Never mind the people
Tonight it's raining on the Angels of the city
Did anyone prophesize these people?

Only Travis
Come in, Travis

All the animals come out at night
Queens, fairies, dopers, junkies, sick venal
Some day a real rain will come
And wash all the scum off the streets

Thank god for the rain to wash the trash off the sidewalk
Listen you screwheads, here is a man who would not take it anymore
A man who stood up against the scum, the filth
Now I see clearly

Personally, I know the alley
Where Jack feeds on the birds of night
Not even bubbies bicycling two by two
Can stop the blood and feathers flying

Wearing overalls and for once and for all
What is the dream?
I'll tell it, to live like they do in the movies
San Juan, you listening?

Yeah, I bet you are
Hands up for Hollywood
Hooray!
I hear you

Snappy on the air
Hang in there, wall to wall
You saved the world, what else?
You saved the girl

Champagne on ice
No stranger to Alcatraz to boot
Or strip it down, chop it a little
Being reasonable, just freedom to move, to live

For women to take a walk in the park at midnight
Hey, but this is serious
She can't even get back home

Written by:

The Clash