On the one they'll catch ya
If you skirt disaster.
On the day they told her
but she want stay stay.

On they saw ya
Witnesses of goya.
Elected to serve ya
Til your dying day.

I hope you don't get what your after.

To whom it may concern
I'm writing of behalf of a brother
Twiced burned
I know
Just a product of your mind.

But when you continue
To let loose on a runnin man.
You send him crashing to the edge of the pavement
You're doing something you don't quite understand
Makin' like he's a lesser man.

In your
Gunship Gunship Gunship Politico.
I hope you don't get what your after.

I know
Just a product of your mind
... Off to the commisioner as fast as you can
With your smoking gun in hand.

Six men on their knees Eye's shinin in the
Highbeams of the search light
Cop's shadows on the wall, several stories tall
Instilling whoa such a fright
One's kicked in the gut, He's all cut up by the corner cop.
One stands in defense in a broken sentence
Ask not to be shot
If you please
Men of authority
We do not speak your language see
Please act accordingly.

He wasn't beggin
He was just keeping time with his cup
You go on and believe that
You keep your eyes straight up
I was just looking
I had no intention to touch
But I know when I'm not welcome
So I thank you very much.

See A, See A, see the women there demonstrate
See A, See A, see them know but they will not say
See A, See A, see them set the trial date
See A, See A, see the confidence on the DA's face.

Watch out for the politicos
Don't mess mess with the down downpressure way
They got it down pat, they got it down to a Tee
No one gets through the lockstep jaw.
You aint guilty but you did get caught.
So lack for a better suspect we nominate you.
To ride this one out to see this one through.
See A, See A,
Arms thrown up in a ever fearful protest
As the firing squad would ever think to notice
As if you could summon the likes of moses
To put blood back in his friends veins.

And if your one step faster
you can skirt disaster
But if it's not you, it'll be the next guy
Who's the wrong color at the wrong time.

Another days over and the discision still stands
His honor in his chambers still washin' his hands
You know he's been fiddlin in his room all day
Just trying to wash all his conscience away.

No one's asking for hangman's tree
They just looking for something true to believe
See A, See A
See them know but will not say.

He wasn't beggin...


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    General Commentdirect quote from chad himslef...


    “Gunship Politico” is sort of my own name for a gunboat diplomacy. Just the idea that if something’s wrong, trigger happy politicians resort to war. One thing that “Open Up” is sort of like it is the School of Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia, also known as the School of Assasins, and it’s like a way we basically trained dictatorships to fight against their communist rebels in their own countries like in Nicaragua and Guatemala. Only because we were scared of communists, we would train these guys all these torture tactics, and really we were behind a number of different terrible atrocities in Latin America. It’s just like mind-blowing once you get into it. It’s that kind of mentality that really pisses me off. As far as “Gunship Politico,” it sort of has to do with saying you trigger-happy politicians, “I hope you don’t get what you’re after,” which is basically war. Some of it also comes from the Aminu Dialo, again sort of racial profiling, you know killing a guy just because he’s reaching for his wallet; he looks like he may be threatening or something. That’s some of the lyrics. It sort of starts off as a guy writing from prison, writing a letter to whoever’s in charge. The political prisoner is writing a letter to the gunship politico. When it says, “you let loose on the running man,” it’s the different accounts of policemen terribly overstepping their authority and you know, shooting. Dialo is just the most famous case. That stuff happens a lot. Like Leonard Peltier or something. That kind of police arrogance. It’s pretty mind-boggling. It sort of comes from that, it’s basically a song decrying against violence. More of that there are other alternatives than shooting a guy with forty-one shots or us going into Iraq with our smart bombs."
    lastoneshoton May 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe most prominent aspect of this song is the consistent allusion to Francisco Goya's 'The Shootings of May Third in Madrid' (1814).

    "Six men on their knees eye's shinin in the high beams of the searchlight. cop's shadows on the wall, several stories tall instilling such a fright. one's kicked in the gut, he's all cut up by the corner cop. One stands in defense in a broken sentence asks not to be shot."

    "Arms thrown up in a ever fearful protest as the firing squad would ever think to notice. As if you could summon the likes of moses to put blood back in his friends veins."

    these are apt descriptions of what is going on in the painting. also, "he wasn't begging..." is probably urmston's own interpretation of the painting and the most prominent figure in it.

    see it here:
    goyatobeijing.org/gallery/images/…
    jhelveon February 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is Tooperdively good... yes I made that word up. I do, however like Ill Advised better.
    Dispatch33on February 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentBooyah man I love this song.
    shaynew216on February 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhile I'm not completely sure on the exact meaning of this song, here's what I've gathered so far:

    "In your
    Gunship Gunship Gunship Politico.
    I hope you don't get what your after."

    I think this verse clearly states what the main part of this song is. Gunship Politico is a wicked easy translation to "Political Gunship." All these people, these murderers, they're getting a free ride through the political system and something's clearly screwed up (to put it lightly).

    Why? Why do they (I'm thinkin' military) choose to shoot fleeing people? Why do the cops choose to act as street toughs, the very thing that they should protect against?

    The third to last verse also seems to point a finger at the listener too -- you could be next. Following this, the person that did get away is tainted with a guilty conscious. To elaborate, at the end of the Holocaust a lot of the survivors were in a horrible mental state: why were they the ones to survive? "Just trying to wash all his conscience away." This might also have to do with a question of why he didn't do anything, why couldn't he do anything, or why isn't he doing anything.

    The final full verse sort of shapes the victims mentioned as people that were just lookin' for a way to live out their live, or perhaps a better analysis, something to believe in so that they could live, but this way, this ideology, has come under fire from oppressive governmental forces hindering people's way of life (a.k.a. the political gunship).


    There was one thing I have a question about in the song, though. Who is the person who "wasn't beggin". Is this a local Cambridge incident or is it an allusion to something bigger? The only thing I can come to a conclusion off of this was that he wasn't begging, but just carrying out his life. Does that sound right?
    Rovmison January 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is essentially about police brutality and those in authority abusing their power.
    It mentions that the song writer knows someone who this happened to ("writing on behalf of a brother twice burned").

    The police beat up those that try to avoid arrest ("let loose on a runnin man You send him crashing to the edge of the pavement") and treat them like they are less than human ("making like he's a lesser man").
    then go off to write their reports (Off to the commisioner as fast as you can With your smoking gun in hand").

    One verse speaks about men caught by the cops and their reaction to the situation ("asks not to be shot...")
    Another verse speaks of homeless people who are simply begging for their food ("he wasn't begging, he was just keeping time...") and abused by the police

    After they are arrested, they know they have the legal system owned and so the wrong people are convicted (you aint guilty, but you did get caught, so for lack of a better suspect we nominate you...")

    The rest of the song is pretty self explanatory once you get the right interpretation (or at least from my point of view).
    Blue_CanaryLiteon April 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about illegal immgration.

    "One stands in defense in a broken sentence
    Ask not to be shot
    If you please
    Men of authority
    We do not speak your language see
    Please act accordingly."

    The way Chad Urmston uses the lyrics about the lights and the firing squads.
    hahawall23on April 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commentdirect quote from chad himslef...


    “Gunship Politico” is sort of my own name for a gunboat diplomacy. Just the idea that if something’s wrong, trigger happy politicians resort to war. One thing that “Open Up” is sort of like it is the School of Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia, also known as the School of Assasins, and it’s like a way we basically trained dictatorships to fight against their communist rebels in their own countries like in Nicaragua and Guatemala. Only because we were scared of communists, we would train these guys all these torture tactics, and really we were behind a number of different terrible atrocities in Latin America. It’s just like mind-blowing once you get into it. It’s that kind of mentality that really pisses me off. As far as “Gunship Politico,” it sort of has to do with saying you trigger-happy politicians, “I hope you don’t get what you’re after,” which is basically war. Some of it also comes from the Aminu Dialo, again sort of racial profiling, you know killing a guy just because he’s reaching for his wallet; he looks like he may be threatening or something. That’s some of the lyrics. It sort of starts off as a guy writing from prison, writing a letter to whoever’s in charge. The political prisoner is writing a letter to the gunship politico. When it says, “you let loose on the running man,” it’s the different accounts of policemen terribly overstepping their authority and you know, shooting. Dialo is just the most famous case. That stuff happens a lot. Like Leonard Peltier or something. That kind of police arrogance. It’s pretty mind-boggling. It sort of comes from that, it’s basically a song decrying against violence. More of that there are other alternatives than shooting a guy with forty-one shots or us going into Iraq with our smart bombs."
    lastoneshoton May 09, 2007   Link
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    My Interpretation"He wasn't beggin'
    He was just keeping time with his cup
    You go on and believe that
    You keep your eyes straight up"

    The way I interpreted this was that there was a man begging, but the other guy just walked straight past him. He would prefer to think that the beggar was "keeping time with his cup" maybe tapping it to a beat, rhythmically tapping it, etc. If he thought of the beggar as a man just idling his time away, he wouldn't feel so bad walking by him. As long as the man convinces himself of this, he can feel he has done no wrong by passing the beggar by without so much as a thought. If he thought of him as a beggar, it would be wrong not to help out if the beggar was in serious need, and the other man seems to have some wealth to spare.
    waywardsailoron November 29, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"I was just looking
    I had no intention to touch
    But I know when I'm not welcome
    So I thank you very much."

    That part is referencing someone being profiled against, whether racially or whatever other reason, while shopping in a store...
    hanlon108on September 30, 2009   Link

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