Tearjerker / The Clash

  • "Spanish Bombs," about the Spanish Civil War.
  • "The Right Profile," about actor Montgomery Clift.
  • "Straight to Hell," about the death of manufacturing, abandoned Vietnamese children of American GI's, urban decay, and the plight of immigrants.
  • "Somebody Got Murdered," about a murder that no one pays attention to.
  • "Lost in the Supermarket", about feelings of disillusionment and loneliness in an increasingly commercialised world.
    • Especially due to the hints at the backstory of the protagonist: "I wasn't born, so much as I fell out/Nobody seemed to notice me/", or "I heard the people who lived on the ceiling/Scream and fight most scarily/Hearing that noise was my first ever feeling/That's how it's been, all around me" suggests a fairly sad, emotionally stunted start: it's been suggested that second set of lyrics were Joe Strummer's attempt at imagining Mick Jones' childhood. The rest of the song is fairly melancholy as well.
  • In Real Life, Joe Strummer's early death at the age of 50 from an undiagnosed heart condition—and just around when he'd started to patch things up with Mick Jones. While we're on the subject, he was dumped in a boarding school he described as "where thick rich parents send their thick rich kids" from the age of nine, seeing his parents once a year. His brother, David, only a year older, went and joined the National Front, the closest British neo-nazi analogue for the Aryan Brotherhood, and then committed suicide: Joe had to identify the body after it had been decomposing for three days. It's made even more heartbreaking considering his paternal grandmother was Jewish.
  • The story of Topper's sacking from the band, and everything that happened to him before he finally got clean is completely heartbreaking.
  • The last photos of the band with Topper are pretty depressing, especially given the sad looks on everyone's faces, and that Headon was sacked the day after the session.