Should I Stay or Should I Go (3:09)

Cover of Combat Rock

From Combat Rock and 128 other releases

“Should I Stay or Should I Go” is a song by The Clash, from their album Combat Rock. It was written in 1981 and featured Mick Jones on lead vocals. It became the band’s only number-one single, a decade after it was originally released. In November 2004, it was ranked at 228 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The tune leans towards more of a retro punk rock sound than most of the other tracks on the album. Though many legends have arisen about what the song is about (one of which is Jones’ impending dismissal from the Clash in 1983), it is actually about a rocky personal relationship between Jones and former Meat Loaf backup singer Ellen Foley that would soon implode. The lyrics seem to reflect ups and downs concerning the relationship and the dilemma of sticking with or ending it.

The Spanish backing vocals are courtesy of Joe Strummer:

“ On the spur of the moment I said ‘I’m going to do the backing vocals in Spanish,’…We needed a translator so Eddie Garcia, the tape operator, called his mother in Brooklyn Heights and read her the lyrics over the phone and she translated them. But Eddie and his mum are Ecuadorian, so it’s Ecuadorian Spanish that me and Joe Ely are singing on the backing vocals. ”

—Joe Strummer, 1991


The single was reissued several times. In 1982, with a different cover as a double A-side with “Straight to Hell” and with “Cool Confusion” as its B-side. In 1983, with “First Night Back in London” on the side two, and in 1991, with “Rush” by Mick Jones’ group Big Audio Dynamite II as its B-side


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  • syomkin

    Should stay for 15 minutes.

    28 Nov 9:00am Reply
  • alex_moonlight

    Far Cry 4 :p

    19 Nov 11:25am Reply
  • Viticas

    Tengo frío en los ojos (8)

    30 Sep 2:13am Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia z Gierałtowic

    25 Aug 6:42pm Reply
  • BennoTiger


    20 Aug 11:13am Reply
  • Beanoboo

    I'm with WS9167 down below. Definitely good but overrated/overplayed. Heard it way too much.

    1 Feb 6:40pm Reply
  • Panecea

    •*¨*•.¸¸❤¸¸.•*¨*• WOOOOOOO !!!!! •*¨*•.¸¸❤¸¸.•*¨*•

    18 Jan 9:23pm Reply
  • gmpwca


    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • hoseyman2001

    Riff heaven

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • lsoldmarcelis

    I'm just not sure

    8 Oct 2013 Reply

    Nice! Keep us all wondering! I know already I am thinking I should just go! I do not like trouble! HAAAA! HAAAA! :-)

    16 Aug 2013 Reply

    Spank! Still loving! AAAAAA! Head bob! Head bob! HAAAA! HAAAA! ! Spank! If I stay it will be double ! ?

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • metawirt

    Edward Snowden dilemma?

    24 Jul 2013 Reply
  • WS9167

    pretty good but overrated.

    8 Jul 2013 Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    Perfect for the situation I'm in. [2]

    4 Jun 2013 Reply

    Lover the Clash! Should I stay or go now? Whooooooooo! If I stay it will be double! Spank! :-) Head bobbin' ! HAAAAA! HAAAAA! :-) ?

    2 Jun 2013 Reply
  • nixi92

    Now you got to let me know... Should I stay or should I go?

    22 Apr 2013 Reply

    Everyone! Clap! Should I stay or go! Whoo! One day is fine and ....... ! Should I stay or go! If I go it will be trouble! ................Spank! I love this tune and talent! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    17 Apr 2013 Reply
  • lsoldmarcelis

    it never gets old! timeless track!

    4 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Elturtle

    I always get stoked when this comes out on the radio

    21 Feb 2013 Reply
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