"Gunshy" as written by and Phair....
Rifle in hand and
Two in the bush
Three-count delay
I may need a little push
Take out the garbage on Tuesday nights
Seems like the small things are the only things I'll fight
Seems like the small things are the only things I'll fight

Gun-shy
Gun-shy
Gun-shy
Gun-shy

See-monkeys, do-monkeys
Story of my life
Send three bucks to a comic book
Get a house, car, and wife
Send three bucks to a comic book
Get a house, car, and wife

(Wife) gun-shy
(Wife) gun-shy
(Wife) gun-shy
(Wife) gun-shy
(Wife) gun-shy
(Wife) gun-shy
(Wife) gun-shy
(Wife) gun-shy
(Wife) gun-shy
(Wife) gun-shy
(Wife) gun-shy
(Wife) gun-shy
(Wife) gun-shy
(Wife) gun-shy
(Wife) gun-shy
(Wife) gun-shy


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"Gunshy" as written by Liz Phair

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    General CommentShe seems to be talking about how people just settle into average lives these days and are too afraid to take risks.
    romy05on March 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always imagined it was "see monkeys do monkeys", like stupid people do other stupid people, but I like this way too! It's definitely about not pursuing those dreams. It's about the public's willingness to accept conditions rather than changing them. The inability to pull the trigger and cause some change!
    SupahManDudeon October 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSupahManDude, I think the "sea/see monkeys, do monkeys" is a play on words. In the backs of old comic books (I remember Archie comics in particular), there were ads for sea monkeys as pets -- basically, they were tiny shrimp that a kid wouldn't be able to kill too easily. The ads always anthropomorphized the sea monkeys & portrayed them as a family of suburban husband, wife, & kids -- a just-add-water American dream. Liz's double-edged lyrics spotlight how such ads reveal a desperation to achieve that dream, if only by purchasing an idiotic imitation of a real life.
    persimmonon August 23, 2009   Link
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    General Commentwell said persimmon
    Dogma72on December 06, 2009   Link

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