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The Clash — Train In Vain
Album: London Calling
Avg rating:
7.9

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Total ratings: 2059









Released: 1979
Length: 2:57
Plays (last 30 days): 2
You say you stand by your man
Tell me something, I don't understand
You said you love me and that's a fact
And then you left me, said you felt trapped

Well some things you can explain away
But the heartache's in me 'til this day
You didn't stand by me, no not at all
You didn't stand by me, no way

All the times when we were close
I'll remember these things the most
I see all my dreams come tumbling down
I can't be happy without you around

So alone I'll keep the wolves at bay
And there's only one thing I can say
You didn't stand by me, no not at all
You didn't stand by me, no way

You must explain why this must be
Did you lie when you spoke to me?
Did you stand by me?
No, not at all

Now I got a job but it don't pay
I need new clothes, I need somewhere to stay
But without all of these things I can do
But without your love I won't make it through

But you don't understand my point of view
I suppose there's nothing I can do
You didn't stand by me, no not at all
You didn't stand by me, no way

You must explain why this must be
Did you lie when you spoke to me?
Did you stand by me?

You didn't stand by me, no not at all
You didn't stand by me, no way
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absolutely necessary to crank this!
 Fat_Man_Flo wrote:


In my top 1 coolest bands.

You got that right!

 thewiseking wrote:
In retrospect, this, and all that Big Audio Dynamite stuff was fluff
 
Yikes. That is the opposite of wise.
 SpinyNorma wrote:
Written by Mick Jones as a response to being dumped by The Slits' Viv Albertine. Fact :-D  
 
what did he expect from a Slit?!
 SpencerAR wrote:
7 -=> 8.
 
i'll see your 7->an 8 and raise it to an 8 -> 9!!!!
wait  never mind... All In  goiung to 10!!!
saw them in the 80s, opening for the who, I think, once; and again at the US festival, did not like them at all at the time, but now really do...
 tanyhon wrote:
Sweet punk-pop
 
The Clash were never really punk (certainly not pop). They were just straight up rock n roll but just happen to be contemporaries with many of the punk bands of the day and a fair amount of the attitude.
 thewiseking wrote:
In retrospect, this, and all that Big Audio Dynamite stuff was fluff
 
So were the Beatles, especially the early crap. 
7 -=> 8.
Maybe the finest example of the marriage between Punk and Pop on this classic 
Sweet punk-pop
Hell ya
Written by Mick Jones as a response to being dumped by The Slits' Viv Albertine. Fact :-D  
 oppositelock wrote:
Saw the Clash live, twice. {#Dancingbanana_2}
 


Lightning Strikes (Not Once but Twice)
    
tres
Copied a nine year old post for this:
  Posted 9 years ago by grungepuppy:GChevy410 wrote:Kill it Bill!

  Can you do 4 ten ratings in a row?

  Morphine - Buena
  Aretha Franklin - Think
  The Clash - Train in Vain
  ?


  Wow, repeat of April. Can't complain though, great choices.

Add in "Mainline Florida" between "Think" and  "Train in Vain" and we've got a near threepeat.
Released 39 years ago.  Think about that for a minute.  
"London Calling"--my vote for the best rock double album of all time.
still sounds fresh - could have been a new track by most of the bands playing UK festivals this summer - 
I agree 100% with Bill -  "Mick Jones - The Paul McCartney of Punk Rock"
 oppositelock wrote:
Now I got a job and it don't pay.  Truth.

 
Now my clients don't pay.
So much other better stuff on then. Really never got into them. 
I re-discovered this album a few months ago. A great piece of work.
In retrospect, this, and all that Big Audio Dynamite stuff was fluff
 SquiddlyDiddly wrote:


 
 Are you advertising Trivago?

Some things you can't explain away...
Bill: "That was a late 70s pop band called The Clash". Pop?!? Maybe I'm missing a droll ironic tone here... ;-)
Awesome Rhythm!
Paul Simonon in the pic said that he trashed the wrong bass guitar and he wished he'd looked up at the camera when the pic was taken,
Nice snap to the drums on this one.
                                      Bill, correct.  They were a late 70s pop band.  Now I feel so old...  {#Wink}
Let's dance!!
Now I got a job and it don't pay.  Truth.
An GREAT album but why, oh why does every one play the weakest track on this album ? Why not "London Calling" or "Jimmy Jazz" or "Guns Of Brixton"
 
I actually remember sitting in a sh**ty apartment in late 1979 when I first heard this song.  I turned to some dude sitting next me "in a cloud" and said:

"This could actually be a hit record on U.S. radio!"

I'm happy to say it actually happened!  
  
 cdysthe wrote:
The Clash got it all together on that album. How incredibly lasting this music is! 

 
If & when 'Guns Of Brixton' (from the same 'London Calling' album, as you know) gets played on RP, take my advice & don't read any of the comments on it, or it'll ruin your day!
(Well, it did mine anyway).


Good music
I really liked this album as a teen. Brings back some good memories.{#Good-vibes}
The Clash got it all together on that album. How incredibly lasting this music is! 
 fortheloveofpete wrote:
makes me happy on an early morning flight

 
RP to go?
I listen to RP to hear the little gems that are not continuously played on fm radio.  London Calling is a great album ALL OF IT not just the 'mainstream' hits.  Dig deep my friends and find those little gems on side 2 or 3 or 4....
Shoot, candy it is, but who doesn't like to blow a bubble once in a while.  I also usually appriciate Bill's "context".  Listen for the corilation in the set. May help you pop the bubble gum bubble.  
makes me happy on an early morning flight
Should be played in tandem with REM "Fall on Me"

Great song.  Too many stick with the same old, same old.
 rharvey658 wrote:
I "tune" to RP to get away from stuff like this.  Agree with others, a bit grating and bubblegum-ish.  Give me London Calling, or Should I Stay/Go, but not this.
 
 
Agree. Much better Clash songs to choose from. 

Freaking love this song even after all these years. Awesome, fun tune.


Rock and roll would not exist in it's present form were it not for the clash. i prefer their earlier less produced noise.
I find no reason for this group to exist, unless it is a foil so we can tell the GOOD bands from the junk.
 rharvey658 wrote:
I "tune" to RP to get away from stuff like this.  Agree with others, a bit grating and bubblegum-ish.

 

Never hear bublegum and the Clash used in the same sentence before. When this album came out it knocked me off my feet.
I "tune" to RP to get away from stuff like this.  Agree with others, a bit grating and bubblegum-ish.  Give me London Calling, or Should I Stay/Go, but not this.
 NeuroGeek wrote:
After listening to Annie Lennox's cover of this, the Clash version just grates

 

I love Annie, but she is not the Clash.
After listening to Annie Lennox's cover of this, the Clash version just grates
Classic!
BUBBLEGUM BY ANY OTHER NAME......YUK!...{#Stop} this clashes with everything.....
.........................CRAP...................................no  quality.........the singer can't , the band couldn't............
 danoodles wrote:

In my top 10 coolest bands.



 

In my top 1 coolest bands.
One of my least favorite Clash songs, and I can't give it less than a 9. 
Long live The Clash
 
 bachbeet wrote:
Annie Lennox does a pretty good version of this.

 
I agree.  Not even close to being as good as this, but on its own... pretty damn good.
Soccer practice just behind the Ala Wai canal with a bunch of Hungarian guys who didn't want to speak English.  But they played this song loudly -- two or three times a practice --  and danced with it as the ball passed among us from one to the other to the other.  We lost a lot of games that spring.
Saw the Clash live, twice. {#Dancingbanana_2}
 EdmoJoe wrote:
Thanks RP for taking me to a "happy place."
 
i'll say

In my top 10 coolest bands.


For so many years, I thought this was Joe Jackson. Silly me.
{#Drummer} mechanic1
 bachbeet wrote:
Annie Lennox does a pretty good version of this.
 
sirdroseph wrote:


No, no she didn't.
 
I don't even know the Annie Lennox version, so I really shouldn't but I have to agree with sirdroseph!
 hencini wrote:

Wow!!  I didn't know they were still playing!!  I saw them open for U2 in 1992 and at some rock festival or another in probably 1995 or so... 
 
Reunion tour - such an unbelievable joy to see Mick live - god dammit, if only Joe...  you know, they were going to reunite for the R&R hall of fame & then Joe passed away...  such a loss...  such a shame.

Go Mick!!!
Perfect.  Pop.  Song.

The only comment that matters.
Classic, brings memories back at school and hearing The Clash being played by the 'cooler' older kids.

Seminal album. Absolute R-E-S-P-E-C-T
love it
Clash-lite, but i love it anyway
Good, but Annie Lennox is great.  More Annie!
{#Dancingbanana_2}

aww yeah. fantastic memories with this one. it never gets old.
Thanks RP for taking me to a "happy place."
Ohhh yea my High^ School grad year!!
 Was this the Year of the Smashing Guitars?.........

Clashic Clash!

London Calling was great!
 mmoyer wrote:
Just saw Big Audio Dynamite at Outside Lands in San Francisco. They just blew the place a way. It was such a joy!
 
Wow!!  I didn't know they were still playing!!  I saw them open for U2 in 1992 and at some rock festival or another in probably 1995 or so... 
Great song.  
I think it doesn´t make much sense linking The Clash to prototypical punck rock. It is not. Especially London Calling; it is rock´n roll in a great variety of forms. This album has so many atributes: intellingent, fun, modern, touching, sad... Take Jimmy Jazz, how can you classify it ? Train in Vain is plain beautiful. Glad Bill keeps playing lots of Clash, it makes my day. Thanks !

this is a fantastic, catchy song. I like it. i just wish it was by someone else 'cause it really diminishes my image of the Clash as a great punk band.



Just saw Big Audio Dynamite at Outside Lands in San Francisco. They just blew the place a way. It was such a joy!
 tovarisch wrote:
I guess its not really a bad song but I have always thought that it was antithetical to the image on the album cover, you can hear this song in the background at a shopping mall, the dude smashing his guitar would probably get escorted out of the shopping mall.
 

I think The Clash were forced by the record company to record this song and release it as a single. I bought the double album back in 1980 and "Train in Vain" was NOT listed on the cover or on the label of side 2 of the second LP (it was the last track). It got a lot of FM airplay—in the Boston area at least—even if the band didn't like it. 


 tovarisch wrote:
I guess its not really a bad song but I have always thought that it was antithetical to the image on the album cover, you can hear this song in the background at a shopping mall, the dude smashing his guitar would probably get escorted out of the shopping mall.

 

The Clash have (had) many different levels.  Its one of the things I love about them.
I guess its not really a bad song but I have always thought that it was antithetical to the image on the album cover, you can hear this song in the background at a shopping mall, the dude smashing his guitar would probably get escorted out of the shopping mall.

I Didn't know until this moment that this album cover is a takeoff on Elvis Presley, only because I'm reading a great book called"1001 Albums you must hear before you die". A great reference. Goes up through 2008 or so and includes "the seldom seen kid". Wow.
yes terrific song, but not my first choice from one of the greatest albums ever, just cuz it on commercial radio too much!
 bachbeet wrote:
Annie Lennox does a pretty good version of this.
 

No, no she didn't.
 RedGuitar wrote:

How about "Rock the Casbah"?

 
Oooo yea, you are right, that song is crap!{#Puke}
Aretha into The Clash. YES!
Mick Jones is singing on this one.
A catchy (and somewhat commercially successful) track on a FANTASTIC album. There are better songs on there than this one, IMO, but this one was the hit on American radio.
 bachbeet wrote:
Annie Lennox does a pretty good version of this.
 
I'll second that...


Joe Strummer by ~cathycat92
Cathy  ©2009-2010 ~cathycat92

Portrait of Joe Strummer, leader of The Clash. It was entirely done with my brand new graphic tablet, it was also the first time I drew that way^^



the utter weakness of this band extra-highlighted by following stevie
"Who the f*ck is the clash? You guys are ruining my night and my girlfriend's night too."
 Poacher wrote:

Just goes to show you don't always get what you want. . . 
 
but if you try sometimes.....

Annie Lennox does a pretty good version of this.
 sirdroseph wrote:
It is funny, I know this song is almost held in disdain by true Clash fans, but I think it is by far their best even given all of it's success and popularity!{#Lol}
 
I do not hold it in disdain; it's another shade of their broad spectrum of talents to me.  I did have some friends back then who thought less of this tune and "Rock The Casbah".

did you stand by me? did you lie?
 sirdroseph wrote:
It is funny, I know this song is almost held in disdain by true Clash fans, but I think it is by far their best even given all of it's success and popularity!{#Lol}
 
How about "Rock the Casbah"?

It is funny, I know this song is almost held in disdain by true Clash fans, but I think it is by far their best even given all of it's success and popularity!{#Lol}
 deepwoodskev wrote:
My wife's favorite song of all time. First song we played at our wedding.
 
Sounds like a decent opening number for a reception.  Hopefully, "White Riot" got a spin later on after everybody had a few pops.

I can't help but think all of the times I've been subjected to this abomination right off the bat at some of the receptions I've been at:



Ah, takes me back to early high school days - how I loved The Clash and the punk friends who introduced them to me.
Just love that RP plays the Clash. So wrong yet so right.
Rodney Mullen has crazy skills!  I'll look that up!

 gumbo73039 wrote:
There's a skateboarder called Rodney Mullen on you tube who uses this as a backtrack for a video of him doing stunts, he's very good, and makes it all look so easy. The music works so well, worth a view.
 


There's a skateboarder called Rodney Mullen on you tube who uses this as a backtrack for a video of him doing stunts, he's very good, and makes it all look so easy. The music works so well, worth a view.
My wife's favorite song of all time. First song we played at our wedding.
 derekd wrote:
I've mentioned this in another song here. But Bono from U2 was once quoted as saying, "All we ever wanted to be was as cool as the Clash."
 
Just goes to show you don't always get what you want. . . 
 nigelr wrote:

You'll laugh, but from a distance I first thought it was Prince, so funky was it.............{#Lol}

 
I would totally love to hear Prince do this. Or Straight to Hell!

toe tappin' ... tappin' toes ...happy
I miss Joe.  I saw him last night on Later w/Jools.  Man was a force of nature.
classic!
The only bad part about hearing this song is my compulsion to sing along, aloud, very loud.
 grungepuppy wrote:

Wow, repeat of April. Can't complain though, great choices.
 
And again just a few weeks later.  But hey, if it ain't broke...