"Shot By Both Sides" as written by Howard Devoto and Peter(shelley,pete) Mcneish....
This and that, they must be the same
What is legal is just what's real
What I'm given to understand
Is exactly what I steal
I wormed my way into the heart of the crowd
I wormed my way into the heart of the crowd
I was shocked to find what was allowed
I didn't lose myself in the crowd

Shot by both sides
On the run to the outside of everything
Shot by both sides
They must have come to a secret understanding

New offenses always in my nerves
They're taking my time by force
They all sound the same when they scream
As a matter of course

I wormed my way into the heart of the crowd
I wormed my way into the heart of the crowd
I was shocked to find what was allowed
I didn't lose myself in the crowd

Shot by both sides
On the run to the outside of everything
Shot by both sides
They must have come to a secret understanding

Why are you so edgy Kid?
Asks the man with the voice
One thing follows another
You live and learn, you have no choice

I wormed my way into the heart of the crowd
I wormed my way into the heart of the crowd
I was shocked to find what was allowed
I didn't lose myself in the crowd

I didn't lose myself to the crowd
I didn't lose myself to the crowd
I was shocked to find what was allowed
I didn't lose myself in the crowd
But I wormed my way
But I wormed my way
But I wormed my way
But I wormed my way
But I wormed my way
But I wormed my way
But I wormed my way
But I wormed my way

Shot by both sides
I don't ask who's doing the shooting
Shot by both sides
We must have come to a secret understanding


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"Shot by Both Sides" as written by Howard Devoto

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    General CommentLife's checkmate.
    carcrashkisson June 11, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaningyou view this song as a criticism of both mainstream (for example pop) and anti-mainstream (for example punk) cultures as the same time.
    you escaped from the mainstream culture to another because they always shot you because of the person who you are and what you did was illegal againts their rules.
    in the anti-mainstream culture, again they shoot you too if you attempt to break the rules.
    so, you'll be shot by both side if you're going to break all the rules. ('Shot by both sides, On the run to the outside of everything')
    so, they are the same shit ('this and that they must be the same')

    finally everyone in such cultures should understand that these cultures are taking their freedom ("They must have come to a secret understanding")
    junk0xc0d3on December 08, 2015   Link
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    General Commentcome on now, this is magazine at their best. a classic.
    Staticburn89on October 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI sure as hell have felt the way that this song describes-- of not being accepted by one side or another. "They must have come to a secret understanding." When you have no one left to go to.
    razorgrrlon April 20, 2007   Link

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