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Pretty Green
The Jam Lyrics

I've got a pocket full of pretty green
I'm gonna put it in the fruit machine
I'm gonna put it in the jukebox
It's gonna play all the records in the hit parade

This is the pretty green, this is society
You can't do nothing, unless it's in the pocket
Oh no

I've got a pocket full of pretty green
I'm gonna give it to the man behind the counter
He's gonna give me food and water
I'm gonna eat that and look for more

And they didn't teach me that in school
It's something that I learnt on my own
That power is measured by the pound or the fist
It's as clear as this oh

I've got a pocket full of pretty green!

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Paul Weller

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peter bowden

I can't say strongly enough how good a band The Jam were. In my opinion they were the most influencial UK band, certainly of their era, and maybe since the Beatles.

peter bowden

@mrbillhicks looking back on my comment now I will concede that there are other bands from the 80's whose influence has been wide ranging.


That's a bit strong....

Stuart Harrison

@kevin wheatley Clash got too slogan-ish , and Mick Jones turned into a dick . First album was brilliant though .

Danny Dorko

definitely not peter haha


Errrrrr ....... no.

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This is great! Too many people forget how big a contribution Bruce made to the SOUND of the Jam. If not for his great bass playing and tone, they would not have sounded so good.


They were certainly a great band, perhaps the best to come from the "proper" punk band generation. I would have to say that The Police certainly sold more and were more popular worldwide, and they came from a seed of the punk generation. They developed more quickly into a pop group, which is where Paul Weller took The Jam as they progressed. Love this era of The Jam.

Andrew Barr

Foxtons bass line and backing harmony. So underrated. He made the jam sound

Cash Money

Classic! Underrated in the States, but one of the greatest! Simple yet profound & cool!

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