The Jam Lyrics


The Jam were certainly one of the very best bands to come
out of the entire U.K. punk/New Wave explosion--perhaps
better than the Clash and the Sex Pistols combined. It's
often been argued that they were much too British to make
it in America, and, for once, such an argument might
actually be correct.

Starting out as a full-on punk unit (with '60s British mod
affectations), the power trio--fronted by Paul Weller, and
also featuring Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler--continued to
evolve throughout their all-too brief career. And by the More...





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Some Never Had It At All | Reviewer: Anonymous
    ------ About the song HEY MISTER performed by The Jam

It's about the class that consider they are born-to-rule and how they continue to con people into going to war (WMD that can be used within 45 min). It is linked to the view that if voting changed anything they would ban it. It's about standing up to and questioning the powers-that-be. About saying enough is enough, we have heard that one before ("All be over be Christmas" or "Homes fit for Heroes" or "War to end all War").

Insecurites | Reviewer: Anonymous
    ------ About the song GHOSTS performed by The Jam

Ahh a beautiful song and meaning to me. I always found the lyrics to mean be more open to people, and instead of feeling insecure and not enlightening people how you feel about them....then life's too short so tell them that you love them. Go deep and and be able to be honest so you can look in the mirror with no regrets.

'Ghosts' - A Gift from Paul Weller , | Reviewer: Rich
    ------ About the song GHOSTS performed by The Jam

I first heard this when A Gift LP came out , and along with Solid Bond, my favourite Jam song. For me this is about people who fail to achieve their real potential and a constant theme in Weller's writing and the spirit of The Jam / Style Council . People often cling on to negative - damaging and destructive identities , fail to recognise their own potential as individuals or a community . Since the release of this song Ive had a 20 year career working for the Probation Service , trying to help people overcome past difficulties and achieve their real potential . This song has and remains an inspiration to me - and if I had my way I would have it played in every Probation Office waiting room, court room and prison in the country. At every school or social services office, drug or alcohol rehab or women' refuge. There is no song that comes even close to its simple message or melody - A great gift from Paul Weller and the Jam.

Keep the Faith.
R

Biting realism | Reviewer: Matt
    ------ About the song BURNING SKY performed by The Jam

When I was a teen I bought The Jam "Extras" from a CD club to fill out my order (remember buy 1 get 8 free?!? - those were the days!) Had never heard of them but liked the name and thought I'd give them a try. If I were on a desert island with only a handful of CD's/albums to bring with me, this would be one of them. This is my favourite track from the album and it closes it out as well. The little guitar strum and bang of the kick drum and cymbal at the end is kind of cheesy and takes away from the song's impact. I don't think there is any older adult (I'm 36) this does not speak to and kinda makes me well up linstening to it. Great songwriting.

All our yrsterdays | Reviewer: John Cormack
    ------ About the song GOING UNDERGROUND performed by The Jam

The song was in 1980 not 1982. I was 18 at the time and the Jam were the most important band to the youth of Britain. Paul Weller was and still is the most underrated singer/guitarist/lyricist of all time in my opinion. Doesn't get the genius status he deserves. Perhaps his songs were too anti establishment. That said the lyrics seem correct. Kidney machines it is.

Awesome Song | Reviewer: Jack Wilson
    ------ About the song TALES FROM THE RIVERBANK performed by The Jam

I am a massive fan of The Jam, although born in May 1998, after their prime time. I am a massive cycling supporter, and so it is my country's star cyclist, Bradley Wiggins's love for The Jam that got me interested in them. If you like this song I recommend their other big songs, such as 'Town Called Malice', 'Going Underground', 'Ghosts', 'That's Entertainment' and of course 'In The City'

That's Entertainment ... THAT'S POETRY!!! | Reviewer: Anonymous
    ------ About the song THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT performed by The Jam

This song is pure genius (the poetry ... sorry, the lyrics ... paint as vivid a picture as any work by Keats or Wordsworth) and to those reveling in their snobbery; thinking that rock 'n roll is a loud "voiceless" bit of non-art, I can only say ...
That's Entertainment.

Chris Traynor
USA

Classic song | Reviewer: Cameron
    ------ About the song GOING UNDERGROUND performed by The Jam

I was at college in Wales when this shot straight to Number 1 in the UK charts. It was a searing inditement of the government philosophy of what to spend on and how disaffected youth felt. It summed up societal feelings in an amazing, unique (no other song sounds anything like this) few minutes. The Jam were one of the best bands ever to come out of the UK. Shame they didn't make it big in the USA, but they did in plenty of other places. Paul Weller was (and is) a master of his craft. They (The Jam) came up out of punk and like a lot of us who had punk leanings (even if we couldn't get away with the edgy punk look) spoke to a nation of youngsters. Many of us, like Paul W, are now middle aged but still punks inside.Put this song on, turn up the volume and go back to 1982 Britain.

how did he know? | Reviewer: martinwasamodonce
    ------ About the song MR. CLEAN performed by The Jam

keen observation by paul weller in this song the sad story goes not only of the social context but the emotional one. life is a drink and you get drunk when your young. we grew up and now we growing old but the lyrics of paul weller came close to being hypocritical as mods we wore suits went to work in office jobs that we hated.It was just idealistic and young and had a limited lifespan and audience unless you were a football hooligan . in his twenties he realised this and made a business move into the style council as the jam just weren't marketable anymore the anger had gone and the movement had changed but i also like all good writers the observation of human character remains the same from shakespere ,charles dickens and even our mutal friend paul weller

AWESOME! | Reviewer: Connor
    ------ About the song ART SCHOOL performed by The Jam

I miss the days of pure energy. Paul Weller might just be the smartest lyricist alive! Just a great message to the world - Do what the fuck you want and don't care what people think!


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