"Sapphire Bullets Of Pure Love" as written by and John S./flansburgh Linnell....
Pistol shots
Gun shots
Pistol shots
Gun shots

Bullets from a revolver
Bullets from a gun
Bullets through the atmosphere
Here they come

John, I've been bad
And they're coming after me
Done someone wrong
And I fear that it was me

Sapphire bullets
Bullets of pure love

Sapphire bullets
Bullets of pure love


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"Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love" as written by John Linnell John Flansburgh

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    General Commenthonored to be #1. i have no clue what this means however. help me out plz!
    sparticus150on July 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI've heard this interpeted as being about the assasination of John Lennon, which would kind of make sense; "John" could refer to Lennon, and as he was shot down by an obsessed fan, the bullets could be "bullets of pure love". It certainly is an eerie way to look at it.

    On the other hand, they admitted stealing the title from an old Mahavishnu Orchestra song (which they never actually heard until after the fact), so it's also likely the lyrics just kind of grew out of the title phrase without any real underlying meaning to them.
    destroyalltacoson February 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthough the lyrics can have multiple meanings, i've always interpreted the song as being about falling in love with someone who's bad for you. the "sapphire bullets of pure love" are just that: pangs of desire shooting into your heart like cupid's arrows.

    it's so brilliant how the music sounds exactly like that feeling, too.
    pfinarffleon March 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe "Sapphire Bullets" are a look from someone with blue eyes ALA if looks could kill...

    this song is about guilt... and at that still self interested enough to be more worried about the trouble of it to him than what he'd done to the other person.
    esmecaton May 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSapphire Bullets of Pure Love was an instrumental track by The Mahavishnu Orchestra- THE seminal jazz-rock band of the 70's- off their 2nd Album 'Birds of Fire'. Here, T.M.B.G take a literal reading of the track's title.

    'John' refers to the guitarist/songwriter/bandleader of Mahavishnu Orchestra: John McLaughlin.

    Check them out sometime.
    Omnicideon June 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyup
    Mr. Baconon April 06, 2007   Link

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