Gangsters

Dammers / Hall / Panter / Golding / Bradbury / Staples / Byers / Campbell

Bernie Rhodes knows Don't Argue

Why must you record my phone calls?
Are you planning a bootleg LP?
Said you've been threatened by gangsters
Now it's you, that's threatening me

Can't fight corruption with con tricks
They use the law to commit crime
And I dread, dread to think what the future will bring
When we're living in gangster time

Don't call me scar face

Can't interrupt while I'm talking
Or they'll confiscate all your guitars
and catch 22 says if I sing the truth
they won't make me an overnight star

Don't offer us legal protection
They use the law to commit crime
I dread to think what the future will bring
When we're living in gangster time

Released As:

The Special A.K.A.

Single Cover:

A Message To You, Rudy - Single Cover

UK Release Date:

July 1979

Catalog Number:

TT1 / TT2

UK Single Chart:

6

Single Track Listing:

Gangsters

Notes:

The B-Side was an instrumental track called 'The Selecter' by The Selecter, who at that time were Neol Davis, John Bradbury and Barry Jones Based on Prince Busters 60's classic 'Al Capone', with new lyrics from The Specials