Chumbawamba - Jacob's Ladder Lyrics




Like rusty old nails at the bottom of the sea
Telling no tales, for the good of the admiralty
You jump when you're told to through the open door
And the King of Norway, he's the man you all died for

On this, Jacob's ladder
The only way up is down
Three days in the water
Watching all the secrets drown
Jacob's ladder

And they sent him to the wars to be slain, to be slain
And they sent him to the wars to be slain

A thousand lifetimes, left standing at the docks
In the bar down in Whitehall, they're sure the boat won't rock
In a file marked secret's in a drawer kept closed
Nobody wonders because nobody knows

On this Jacob's ladder
The only way up is down
Three days in the water
Watching all the secrets drown
Jacob's ladder

And they sent him to the wars to be slain, to be slain
And they sent him to the wars to be slain

And they sent him to the wars to be slain, to be slain
And they sent him to the wars to be slain
And they sent him to the wars to be slain, to be slain
And they sent him to the wars to be slain

On this Jacob's ladder
The only way up is down
Three days in the water
Watching all the secrets drown

On this Jacob's ladder
The only way up is down
Three days in the water
Watching all the secrets drown
Jacob's ladder

Sooner or later
We'll dig up the body and try your cadaver
Sooner or later
We'll dig up the body and try your cadaver
Sooner or later

Jacob's ladder





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  1. Reaper's END

    Fresh from the slain to have slain...
    Begotten from the devil, he was slain by my slain...

    Jacobs ladder...
    My latter day.

  2. Sebastian Fourier

    love this song

  3. Dominik Schoenfelder

    R.I.P to all the sailors left for dead by Winston Churchill.

    Matthew Parsons

    tHINK mESSRS hITLER & cO, MAY HAVE hAD sOMETHING tO do wITH it (OOPS cAPS lOCk)

  4. SwordsmanMercenary

    Why doe this make me think it should be playing in Bioshock's Rapture?

  5. Kul D. Sak

    I was at a party and this song was playing when I shot a guy. I'm really not into this genre but I enjoy this song for some strange reason.

    Tom Pope

    Kul D. Sak woah woah what? You shot a dude and you’re just admitting it on YouTube

  6. 161 .S3.

    Harry Cox's vocals from the song "The Pretty Ploughboy" the album A Century of Song ("And they sent him down into the war to be slain, be slain... / And they sent him down into the war to be slain.")
    Guitar from Davey Graham's song "Anji"

    they actually credited the song to his owner so.............

    Aron puma

    Yup! That's sampling.

  7. romeokid69

    The main riff is totally stolen from an old acoustic piece, Anji, by Davey Graham, Bert Jansch and Simon & Garfunkel among others.

    Addison Morton

    romeokid69 they gave Davey Graham a co-writing credit hardly stolen

    Chaos Omega

    It's called sampling, maybe you've heard of it?

  8. North Maan

    Me too.....snif

  9. Nate Monahan

    I absolutely love this song!

  10. IWillSexU

    So Angie..

  11. Jotto999

    I heard Chumbawamba because my dad listened to it, and I've still got a thing for some of their songs after a decade. Seems loads of other people in are a similar boat.

    Skaldet29

    Sure do :-)

  12. Stefan Fincken

    Yeah pretty lights should remix this for sure!

  13. IWillSexU

    The specific one, is not Chumba's production. Listen to the song "Angie" by Davey Graham or Bert Jansch

  14. judoisnotamonkey

    love this song

  15. Erick Costa

    @UKMrMick You can find them on torrent sites like isohunt.com but then you will need a torrent client such as utorrent which is easy to use.

  16. Mick Ashton

    Great album - can play it every day, love Sewing Up Crap - more great lyrics. In fact there's hardly a meaningless song in their extensive repertoire. One of those bands that just keeps shining brightly. Does anyone know why you can never find Anarchy or Swinging With Raymond on any of the many downloads/streaming sites?

  17. Peter Wilson

    This song came out the summer before the 2003 Iraq War started and is very telling of things to come.

    (What, they did other stuff after 'Tubthumper'!)

  18. zynbw

    i like this version the best. it just something about it...

  19. KRonniK420

    I believe the other version you are referring to is "Jacobs Ladder (Not In My Name)"
    The lyrics are good in that one, but I prefer this version.
    There's just something about this one....

  20. TheFleeingPhoenix

    I have never discovered another band in my entire life that has produced such a stunning quantity of both fun and meaningful music. I try and I try but I just cannot get sick of listening to these people.

    Paulina Carlos

    Same here!

    Turtle Dove

    TheFleeingPhoenix can’t agree more

    Turtle Dove

    TheFleeingPhoenix I also feel this kinda music ain’t for everyone

  21. castorsia

    Thanks mate...That is really great.I will try to upload the protest records version to!!!

  22. jwielmak

    Amazing, plus Harry Cox to boot! Putumayo's "Eurogroove" has this piece. The songs of Resistance are tonic for the soul.

  23. armsnhashish

    I bought the single in a cd shop but it was released for the Afghanistan invasion so it's probably hard to find by now. Have you tried P2P searching? It's title is Jacob's ladder (an anti-war single), I think. It is pretty close to the original musically, but the words are enough to make it worth several listens (in the name of the father maybe, but not in my name)

  24. Andrea Fitch

    oh wow, I'd love to hear chumbawamba do that version. do you happen to have anywhere i could find it?

  25. lizb

    I love this! Yeah, I've only heard the Protest Records version too. But it's good to hear this one too!

  26. armsnhashish

    No, that version is also originally by Chumbawamba, but I agree that the acapelle version by the mysterious Prague group is pure genius as well.

  27. DresdenStarwing

    Thank you! I've been trying to find this song for ages...

  28. Andrea Fitch

    The a capella one by the prague group, right?
    just got that one, it's fantastic, but I've known this version for years. it's one of my favorites from these guys.

  29. Nicholas Iverson

    Awesome, I've only heard the version on Protest Records that started with Like the sermon on the mountain or something, this ones just as good I think.