SONG: The Story Behind “Saddam Don’t Surf”

August 25, 2019

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This song was inspired by The Clash’s “Charlie Don’t Surf” This modern version has been re-written, modified, and recorded by Johnny Punish and the Shabbab with lyrics by Johnny Punish. The music was arranged, produced, and mastered by Dan and David Corero in the summer of 2003 at Psychostasia Studios somewhere in Latin America.

The song features the powerful lead vocals of Johnny Punish and background vocalists – by Dan Cordero, Ma and Pa McDougal and Joel “Bad Man” Barker. Oh and lyrics were inspired by the poetic political force that is someone who calls themselves Joe Allen

This song is dedicated to my long time friend and fan from our days at college – Allen “Ayman” Jennings who served in Iraq as a member of group of men who are desperately tried to do the right thing! Get out of that hole Allen!

  • Written by Johnny Punish, based on the melody and lyrical form from “Charlie Don’t Surf” by The Clash
  • roduced, Mixed, and Mastered by Daniel Cordero with additional guitars by David Cordero


Saddam Don’t Surf (Punish/Clash)

Saddam Don’t Surf
But he thinks he should
Saddam Don’t Surf
And he knows that he ain’t no good
Saddam Don’t Surf
For his Hamburger Momma
Saddam’s gonna be a JDAM star

And everybody wants to rule the world
Must be something we get from birth
One truth is we’ll never learn
Satelites gonna make space burn

And we’ve been told to keep the strangers out
We don’t like them wanting to hang about
We don’t like them in our oil town
Across the world they gonna mow them down
The reign of dictators must be over
So many troops can’t save the earth
Soon the rock will roll over
The world is choking on the Coca-Cola
Saddam’s gonna be a Hollywood Star


  • Saddam Hussein sucks – 1/15/04 Unknown Fan in Las Vegas, NV, USA
  • “Saddam Don’t Surf is frickin awesome. Great all around. I really like this one. I need more of this. You actually sound better then you look in this one. Where did this song come from? Is that you on guitar? This one is totally cool. I dig it” Paul Hampton , The Skeletones 

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