High noon cometh, not a moment too soon
There's gonna be a firefight tonight
A reckoning to confront the residents of this tomb
A gunpowder partyand it feels just right
There comes a time
There comes a day
There comes an hour when...

In every man's life
In every man's life
When he must...
Brandish his steel
Mount up his steed

In every man's life
In every man's life
My will be a dead man

Hush

All is quiet in the dusty alleyways
Few men dare to penetrate this land
And live to tell this terrible tale
My trusty six shot, my own right hand
There comes a day
There comes a time
There comes an hour when...

I'm not talking 'bout killing a man
I'm not referring to dirt, this land
There's no showdown here besides the one
That's erupting inside my head


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    General CommentThis one is pretty easy. Andrew's comparing the way we put to death the deeds of the flesh to an old western gunfight, his own desires being his opponent. You either shoot to kill, or YOU WILL BE KILLED by your own sin.
    Ichabodon January 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthanks that helps. lol, i didn't understand the title until i read your comment.
    latinorockeron February 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthanks that helps. lol, i didn't understand the title until i read your comment.
    latinorockeron February 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti had an intersting thought when listening to this song. while i may be chasing rabbits- i initially thought when i heard the line
    "My trusty six shot, my own right hand"
    that this might be talking about when we do give up sin, or from this viewpoint kill it, we have to give up some of the things we like-- even our trusty six shooter. theres also a Bible verse that says that if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. this goes along with the whole killing your fleshly will thing.
    i thought that was kinda cool

    Project 86 rocks, but God rules.
    asweat08on April 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree almost totally with asweat08. To me this song represents the mental and spiritual battle that goes on inside someone head when faced with sin, and God helping them to overcome that internal conflict.
    pumaperson01on July 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe song makes me think that Andrew (and the band) may be "growing up" a little bit. If you look at P86's older albums, a lot of the songs (full of truth as they may be) focus on the negative. My Will isn't all bubbly and happy, but defeat is not its theme--struggle is.

    This is just speculation, but maybe Andrew's beginning to get past some of the demons that he's always writing about?

    (*disclaimer* All speculation, friends. All speculation.)
    Antisheep0on September 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI can see why people have said what they have said, but I have a different thought on this song. The last verse:

    I'm not talking 'bout killing a man
    I'm not referring to dirt, this land
    There's no showdown here besides the one
    That's erupting inside my head

    makes me think that this song is about coming to grips with yourself and doing what needs to be done to help the people around you instead of doing things to only help yourself.
    creator1456on November 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commentits also the second part to the video "The Spy Hunter"
    Sonic Firestormon March 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I kind of see a relation to what creator1456 is saying. I think of will being equivocal as will as in intent and will as in what you leave behind. I can see this as he is putting death to any sin or temptations that spreads through society affecting other people. If there is any good given to society maybe he doesn't want credit for it and it should be seen coming from another source?
    Mantis_61on April 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is my thoughts behind the meaning of this song...all of the above posted fit in in some ways...but it seems that what I see as the most important meaning of the song, hence the name, has been overlooked by some.

    Its a story of a fight against ones own self...against your "flesh"...set to the backdrop of an old west gunfight


    My Will Be A Deadman

    High noon cometh, not a moment too soon (highnoon..the usual set time for a quickdraw showdown between enemies in the old west)

    There's gonna be a firefight tonight
    A reckoning to confront the residents of this tomb
    A gunpowder party and it feels just right (He's refering to the skeletons we all have...the hidden thoughts and desires and sins we sometimes cling to...a battle against our ownselves...our flesh..the source of biggest temptation we all face)

    There comes a time
    There comes a day
    There comes an hour when...

    In every man's life
    In every man's life
    When he must...
    Brandish his steel
    Mount up his steed(This is talking about the fact, that for all of us, regardless of what it is we do in life...to some extent or another...we have decisions to make....important ones in a wide variety of aspects. There comes a time in every persons life where it becomes crunch time... "brandish his steel, mount up his steed"...meaning, we must take action, we have no choice but to take action, here referred to as arming yourself with a weapon, in this case a six shooter, and mounting your horse to ride to face the battle....)

    In every man's life
    In every man's life
    My will be a dead man(and when fighting this battle...making these decisions, whether small and seemingly incignificant or big...that "my will be a deadman"...do not let it be MY desires, My thoughts, MY choices that direct my life...but God's will instead. I know you've all heard the phrase, "Gods will be done" God has a plan for all of us. Its up to us to deny our flesh and follow it instead of our own on a daily, even hourly basis. In every descision...especially big ones..."not my will, God, but yours.")

    All is quiet in the dusty alleyways
    Few men dare to penetrate this land
    And live to tell this terrible tale
    My trusty six shot, my own right hand (again carrying on with the Old West theme...usually in a gunfight at high noon in the movies....no one was out and about at this time..they were all hiding out of sight, some peeking from their hiding spots to see who won...and it seems it was always windy..blowing dust and tumbleweeds all around. And so it is often times with the our battle with ourselves...our "free" will...too often its quiet all around...not a soul to be seen except the "thing" we're here to do battle with. Teachings and advice from friends are often overpowered and pushed aside as the flesh tempts us to give in...and only those who strive to remember the teachings of and seek the will of God will overcome this battle of the flesh "few men dare to penetrate this land and live to tell this terrible tale"...as for the "My trusty sixshot, My own right hand" going back into the chorus of the descisions to be made/a time to take action...he's referring to the temptation to rely on yourself instead of God, a temptation to cast aside faith...in the old west...gunfighters lived by their guns, and of course, their drawing hand...and thats what he's saying..."I'm in this battle where most men don't make it, I can trust God and follow his will...but then again, I have my trusty sixshot and my quick hand right here...maybe I can handle this myself...." and then back into the chorus of defeating your own flesh and surrending your life wholely to God's will.



    I'm not talking 'bout killing a man
    I'm not referring to dirt, this land
    There's no showdown here besides the one
    That's erupting inside my head (just the simple fact that this story and the scene described isn't a real "gunfight" with an actual person...just a metaphor for the battle we all face against the flesh...against our free will.)




    strangevisionson July 02, 2009   Link

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