"Shoot Your Gun" as written by Martin Trimble, Glen Bartup, James Irving and Coombes Charly....
Spin me some sad story
Sell me some excuse
To help me understand the things you do
'Cause the way you treat your lovers
Well I just can't relate
Well where'd you learn to shoot your gun so straight?

Oh baby won't you cry?
Show me there are some tears behind your eyes
Oh baby won't you cry?
Show me there's a hurt behind your eyes

Once you had a reason
And once you had a place
You had it all and laid it all to waste
And I know you hate to need us
But why'd you need to hate?
And where'd you learn to shoot without restraint?

Oh baby won't you cry?
You cut yourself so let me see you bleed
Oh baby won't you cry?
Cry for all the things you'll never be

Don't you see your father?
Don't you feel the love?
Don't you see your brother?
Don't you feel the love?
Well could you be a mother
Could you ever find the love?
That you would not place yourself above

Oh baby won't you cry?
Show me there are some tears behind your eyes
Oh baby won't you cry?
Why'd you have to kill to feel alive?
Why'd you have to kill to feel alive?
Why'd you have to kill to feel alive?


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"Shoot Your Gun" as written by James Irving Glen Bartup

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    General CommentObviously about some careless/ruthless person, maybe a lover of the narrator. Don't know if the killing/shooting thing is metaphorical or not, I think it's just getting across how she enjoys messing with people and hates people to 'feel alive' and just ruins relationships with anyone who loves her. Great song and lyrics, more people should listen to the 22-20s and post here.
    Leif_Eriksonon December 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI just saw the 22-20s live the other day. This is my favourite track of theirs, I love it! It's full of anger and pain. One of my friends doesn't like them because he thinks they're too 'angry' and you can certainly see that in this song but I wouldn't describe them that way. I dragged 10 of my friends down to the gig and they all loved it. Half of them don't even listen to rock and have never been to a gig before!
    erolsabadoshon January 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHearing what you are saying on your mate saying they are full of anger. BUT, thats because they play the blues! What do they expect? This song is ace. I listened to it constantly after breaking up with my girlfriend cos it represented all the anger i had built up about the situation - how can someone so close change all of a sudden and totally mess with your head having given you such good times in the past. It feels as though they have been so ruthless and showing no emotion over it - or at least thats how it feels when you are on the receiving end. I love the line 'where'd you learn to shoot your gun so straight?'. That is the perfect way of summing up how a loved one changes when they dump you and you wonder how they can be so heartless. Its obviously a metophorical stance, they don't literally shoot you, but its about the damage that they have inflicted upon you.
    getmoonyon March 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI like this song and feel the meaning is fairly obvious, a woman can do some serious damage to a man when they want to. Usually they don't actually shoot you but they do know what buttons to push to make you feel like you had just been shot...
    dogARTiton April 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI am new to the 22-20's, but I really like this song. "Where you learn to shoot your gun so straight?..." A line that we can all relate to in a world where there are many ruthless money hungry people. *See also: George Bush
    Giackson August 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentmy ex-boyfriend dedicated this song to me when i broke up with him. and then he made my life hell for the following two months. and now he's completely over me and doesnt give a shit anymore and im the one still going out of my mind although i dnt love him anymore and would never get back together with him. it kills me. so... little did he know that i was going to be able to dedicate this song back to him. he set himself up for it.
    just goes to show that shit goes both ways. i may have been what he considered the cruel and ruthless person in the relationship but he became cruel and ruthless too.
    two bad people in one relationship makes for a hell of a pothole in the road of life.
    hoydenon March 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti absolutely love this song...
    oh baby won't you cry?
    you cut yourself so let me see you bleed
    oh baby won't you cry?
    cry for all the things you'll never be

    ^ my favorite lines
    iluvothon August 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, which is strange because it's not really my type of music at all. I just love the bitter tone. Best line by far is "Oh baby won't you cry? Cry for all the things you'll never be". I feel like that sums up the whole message. This person has been cruel and likes hurting people and the worst thing is that they can't even see what's wrong with them.
    magical_miaon March 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commentfirst of all... id like to say that this song is GREAT
    and its about someone who is fake and harms or kills someone to fit in... i think
    bella77on March 11, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyesterday there was a conflict and a general fuss and then a careless cop shot and killed a 16-year-old passenger.....a 16-year-old boy who had nothin' to do with all of it, a simple passenger..... hey u cop:''where'd u learn to shoot your gun so straight?????''u said u shot in the air just to intimidate those who had provoked this whole scene but then how the fuck did the bullet end up into an innocent boy's body??u call it an accident right??why did u even have to pull a gun anyway??i guess it s in the human nature right??human instincts...u hold a gun and u feel so superior and powerful and invincible...but ''why'd u have to kill to feel alive...........???''
    twisted_little_staron December 07, 2008   Link

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