‘Up For Murder’ (The Alarm)

Lead Vocals:Dave Sharp
Lyrics

Well take a look and listen to the things that I have said
Well could I really tell the truth with a rifle at my head
Yeah, I gunned down a president
Yeah I have done a crime
But now you've got to listen 'cos I'm running out of time

But it's not me that you're after it's not me that's gonna pay
But it's not me that is guilty
That's a man with the C.I.A.

Well I got put in jail because I got into a fight
And while I was in prison I got beat up every night
Yeah, torture it was blackmail I was messed up with cocaine
And then they had me thinking I knew just who to blame

But it's not me that you're after it's not me that's gonna pay
But it's not me that is guilty
That's a man with the C.I.A.

(It wasn't me)
(It wasn't me)

But it's not me that you're after it's not me that's gonna pay
But it's not me that is guilty
That's a man at the C.I.A.

Well there I stood before him a revolver in my hand
With one shot for the torture and a bullet for the man
So now I'm UP FOR MURDER on a charge I can't deny
There ain't no clues I'm bom to lose and no ones gonna ask me why

But it's not me that you're after it's not me that's gonna pay
But it's not me that is guilty
That's a man with the C.I.A.

But it's not me that you're after it's not me that's gonna pay
But it's not me that is guilty
That's a man with the C.I.A.

C.I.A.
C.I.A.
The C.I.A.

Notes

Versions

-1981 single version [2:26] : White Cross Records, Produced by The Alarm & Scratch, Engineered by Phil Bush,Recorded on September 4th 1981 at Pluto Studios, Manchester. Dave Sharp: 12 string acoustic guitar and lead vocals, Mike Peters: acoustic guitar, lead vocals, Eddie Macdonald: acoustic guitar, harminica, vocal backup, Twist: drums, precussion

-1983 :BBC Kid Jensen Session, March 9th 1983

-1983 Live KBFH  [3:25] : :Recorded June 27th, 1983 at The Metre, Boston, MA, USA.

-1995 (Second Generation)’ [2:33]: Mike Peters recorded this version for his Second Generation album in 1995.  Peters sings lead vocals.


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