Shockwave - Massive attack
Atomic blast - Son of a gun is back
Chaos - Panic - No resistance
Detonations in a distance
Apocalypse now - Walls of flame
Billowing smoke - Who's to blame
Forged from steel - Iron will
Shit for brains - Born to kill
All are equal - No discrimination
Son of a gun - A simple equation
Son of a gun - Master of fate
Bows to no god - Kingdom or state

Watch out
Son of a gun
Superhero Number One


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Son Of A Gun song meanings
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    General CommentSon of a Gun is about it a superhero that has big guns and goes around blowin the shit out of things with his big guns hence
    "Watch out
    Son of a gun
    Superhero Number One"
    EARTHM3on July 20, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI believe the song is talking about either the United States or the Western nations in general. Doesn't everyone think that they are a 'Superhero Number One' by annihilating the militaries of other countries. Don't they pride themselves in that "All are equal - No discrimination". Many Westerners think that their culture is the best, that they are above everyone.
    EndlessInfinityon June 20, 2003   Link
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    General CommentHmmm, reminds me of a certain Eric Harris webpage. Totally awesome song, makes me wanna smack the shit outta sommet, !"?!">
    Bang goes those towny twats who hit me in school.
    da77ynon October 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThat makes a lot of sense, EndlessInfinity. And the meaning is fairly well- hidden behind a cool description of a superhero. Nice. ^^
    freakishfaeon September 20, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"Shit for brains-born to kill" is a bad combination, obviously, and it's not what you'd say about somebody you admired. What's described in the song is devastation on a massive scale and it's the result of this rabidly violent moron who thinks he's hot shit and a force for good when in reality he's just doing irreparable harm. It could very easily be referring to the U.S. or militarism in general, and that would be consistent with the anti-war views expressed in another of the band's songs, "Stars and Stripes."
    THINK!on July 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe overhauled version of this song is amazing!
    xstillsearchingxon June 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentNeoconservatism and the Bush Doctrine. Enough said.
    thewrightderekon May 09, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningIt's about the power of Nuclear weapons.
    The original Manhattan Project used a Gun-style trigger to cause the detonation ushering in the era of nuclear weapons. Also the evolution of weapons came from bigger and better gun to the atomic bomb in WW2. Thus the Atomic Bomb was born of the Gun.
    Many verses describe atomic fire from the blasts.
    Built of steel, was near impossible to stop.
    It was an unguided bomb, therefore "shit for brains".
    It's only job was to kill. and it killed anyone in its blast, regardless of race or creed. It ended many lives and futures.

    The superhero part is fairly simple too. Just listen to conversations. People quickly think of the bomb when they think of quick destruction and power; "..we should just nuke the place....". It ended the war, made nations into superpowers. It's also reflected in video games. Atomic weapons are superheroes.
    echoctrlon April 18, 2013   Link

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