"Machine Gun Man" as written by and Zakk Wylde....
Tell me what a young man, mama, what's he got to live for
Tossed in the shuffles of everyday war
Searchin' for some trouble, Lord, which I'm sure he will find
Spend your whole life fightin', son, meet your dyin' time

It's a shame, it's a shame, Lord
The trigger be his only friend
It's a shame, oh yeah
But it ain't never gonna end, no, that's right

He's a pocketful of hate that don't give a damn
What fate awaits the machine-gun man?
Well, he ain't got no future and he ain't got no plan
What fate awaits the machine-gun man?
The machine gun man, yeah

I can't see tomorrow and I don't see today
Trail of confusion, Lord, done leadin' my way
They say the only thing worth killin', Lord, be killin' time
Only soul worth savin' now, mama, be a re-savin' mine

It's a shame, it's a shame, Lord
The trigger be his only friend
It's a shame, oh yeah
But it ain't never gonna end, that's right

He's a pocketful of hate that don't give a damn
What fate awaits the machine-gun man?
Well, he ain't got no future and he ain't got no plan
What fate awaits the machine-gun man?

He keeps shootin', oh mama
Like any old fool would do
Lord, the life he be leadin'
Ain't the one he had to choose

As he walks on out that door
Mama breaks down to cry
Oh, as she waves the machine gun man
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

Yeah, he's a pocketful of hate that don't give a damn
Oh, what fate awaits the machine-gun man?
Well, he ain't got no future and he ain't got no plan
What fate awaits the machine-gun man?
The machine, yeah, gun man, the machine-gun man, yeah, oh yeah



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"Machine Gun Man" as written by Zakk Wylde

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    General CommentI think this is about a soldier going off to war and debating wether the murder in war is justifiable (They say the only thing worth killin' Lord
    Be killin' time say the only soul worth savin' now Mama be a Resavin' mine) then he becomes brainwashed and numb towards it all (He's a pocketful of hate That don't give a damn What fate awaits…The machine gun man?) It's a good look at wether or not drafting is against a persons right to moral boundary.
    Cobain_liveson March 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about a soldier going off to war and debating wether the murder in war is justifiable (They say the only thing worth killin' Lord
    Be killin' time say the only soul worth savin' now Mama be a Resavin' mine) then he becomes brainwashed and numb towards it all (He's a pocketful of hate That don't give a damn What fate awaits…The machine gun man?) It's a good look at wether or not drafting is against a persons right to moral boundary.
    Cobain_liveson March 16, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationAs he walks on out that door
    Mama breaks down to cry


    Those two lines picture a young man going away to fight for his country, with his mom at home worrying.
    dudeman2on March 23, 2011   Link

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