"Running Gun Blues" as written by and David Bowie....
I count the corpses on my left, I find I'm not so tidy
So I better get away, better make it today
I've cut twenty-three down since Friday
But I can't control it, my face is drawn
My instinct still emotes it

I slash them cold, I kill them dead
I broke the gooks, I cracked their heads
I'll bomb them out from under the beds
But now I've got the running gun blues

It seems the peacefuls stopped the war
Left generals squashed and stifled
But I'll slip out again tonight
'Cause they haven't taken back my rifle
For I promote oblivion
And I'll plug a few civilians

I'll slash them cold, I'll kill them dead
I'll break them gooks, I'll crack their heads
I'll slice them till they're running red
But now I've got the running gun blues

I'll slash them cold, I'll kill them dead
I'll break them gooks, I'll crack their heads
I'll slice them till they're running red
But now I've got the running gun blues

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh


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"Running Gun Blues" as written by David Bowie

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  • +3
    General CommentDavid Bowie rocks my everything.
    IRShannonon March 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti
    TheRealTashMaybeon November 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOh Bowie, you're such a freak! This song makes me laugh every time. What is also odd is that this song comes after 'After All' on 'The Man Who Sold The World' - this song, 'Running Gun Blues', is about murdering people, yetb is somehow less creepy as 'After All'. Go figure. : )
    sparklybowieon April 17, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthow bout dat? I don't think people were going on killing sprees until the 90's. Quite the visionary.
    coo2kachooon June 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHis voice is os high-pitched and amusing on this song, to begin with anyway. Awesome stuff.
    strider3005on January 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentPerhaps the main character is someone suffering from shell shock. He keeps reliving the stuff he did and its giving him the blues. However the interpretation of someone who can't stop killing or enjoys killing after the war ends is valid too.
    HowardTCoon May 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe main character definitely is suffering from shell-shock. He's obsessed with killing the Vietnamese and getting his fair share of kills for the day. Sounds like a trigger-happy person, to me.
    davidbowiefan1on May 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI saw a documntary in the 80's on how the US Military sent special forces on brain-washing camps. The active exercises where that you were captured by Oriental looking serving US solders and put thru interrogation, torture and humiliation techniques. As one of the interviewed 'Vets' said 'you ended up hating anyone oriental looking and just wanted to kill them' - programmed for Nam. The documentary met up with a group of Vets of the Nam war who were living in a forest in the US who were afraid to integrate with the community as they were afraid of their anger - that may cause them to kill the civilians now they we back from the war. As they said - they were programmed by the Goverment and then just left with no rehab. The Rambo character was probably seeded from these sort of guys.
    Running Gun Blues was written in the time of that war and before Rambo. I wander how those guys are today - hopfully time heals.....
    Thoughtfuloneon August 04, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General Commenta vetran of a war can't stop killing when he comes back

    i like the line i promote oblivian
    farrellon October 25, 2006   Link

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