"The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" as written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David....
When Liberty Valance rode to town the womenfolk would hide, they'd hide
When Liberty Valance walked around the men would step aside
'Cause the point of a gun was the only law that Liberty understood
When it came to shootin' straight and fast---he was mighty good.

From out of the East a stranger came, a law book in his hand, a man
The kind of a man the West would need to tame a troubled land
'Cause the point of a gun was the only law that Liberty understood
When it came to shootin' straight and fast---he was mighty good.

Many a man would face his gun and many a man would fall
The man who shot Liberty Valance, he shot Liberty Valance
He was the bravest of them all.

The love of a girl can make a man stay on when he should go, stay on
Just tryin' to build a peaceful life where love is free to grow
But the point of a gun was the only law that Liberty understood
When the final showdown came at last, a law book was no good.

Alone and afraid she prayed that he'd return that fateful night, aww that night
When nothin' she said could keep her man from goin' out to fight

From the moment a girl gets to be full-grown the very first thing she learns
When two men go out to face each other only one returns

Everyone heard two shots ring out, a shot made Liberty fall
The man who shot Liberty Valance, he shot Liberty Valance
He was the bravest of them all.

The man who shot Liberty Valance, he shot Liberty Valance
He was the bravest of them all.


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"The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" as written by Hal David Burt Bacharach

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    General Commenthow come no one commented on this song yet? its so dramatic and interesting!

    my friend first got me hooked to this and now we always quote it to each other =)
    *nemelcy*on April 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commentgod, my mom used to sing this song to me when I was a little kid, as well as the hanging tree. kind of fucked up choice of songs, but I loved them so much. this song has memories, which is what it's all about, right? I Love it.
    Henleyon July 16, 2007   Link
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    Song MeaningIf youre not aware of the movie, you may not know this, but there are actually three men being mentioned in the song.
    Liberty Valance, the law-abiding man from the east, and the man who shot liberty valance.

    While the gun duel was between liberty valance and and "stranger from the east", the "man who shot liberty valance" was a third man hidden from everyone's view. He had to step in to save the "easterner" who was sure to be killed, and also to end liberty's reign in the town.

    With that in mind, I REALLY like the line "Everyone heard two shots ring out, a shot made Liberty fall"

    can be interpreted in so many ways. :)
    rishik17on February 05, 2013   Link

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