"Shoot the runner" as written by and Sergio Pizzorno....
Shoot the runner, shoot shoot the runner,
I'm a King and she's my Queen,
Shoot the runner, shoot shoot the runner,
I'm a King and she's my Queen,

Dream, dream again in your way
Always knew that you would
Loose yourself to the scene
Am I only a dream.

Shoot the runner, Shoot shoot the runner
I'm a king and she's my queen, bitch

Bang, bang away with my change,
Always know that I can,
Get you on to the floor,
Abs in the make you a whore.

Shoot the runner, shoot shoot the runner,
I'm a King and she's my Queen,
Shoot the runner, shoot shoot the runner,
I'm a King and she's my Queen, bitch.

Kings, kings may come and then go,
By this sword you must know,
That all things come and then pass,
Live your days like the last.

Aahh.. and you're my queen, that's it,
Shoot shoot the runner, 'cause I'm a King and you're my Queen, bitch.


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"Shoot the Runner" as written by Sergio Pizzorno

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    General Commentwould you all like to know what this song realy means, well incase you ar'nt aware tom is an ex heroin addict and "the runner" means heroin. when you smoke heroin you run it but it is much better to inject it or shoot it hence shoot the runner. also when he says im the king its because of the way gear makes you feel and if anyone know the song lsf he refers to a polyfonic prostitute, this is the queen coz if ur on heroin it feels better than sex and u realy dont need a girlfriend so he says im the king she's my queen biatch and any users no this mean the drugs are his bitch. and it is chang not chain if you watch the official video you will see tom doing a gesture at the same time as he sings this line of sniffing somthing off a card. do not dispute these are facts that have been kept secret for good reasons. every kasabian song has some reference of context to heroin or drug abuse or the consequences- if you listen you will notice. luckily not many of you know anything about gear so you wont understand but that dont mean that it im not spot on. and if you dont belive me about tom being a junkie or ex junkie check out youtube interviews and you will see one where he is drinking methadone blatantly on camera. Kasabian also means the butcher or slaughterer which is what doing heroin does, its a killer please listen to toms ranting with open eyes that he is rich and can aford to be the way he is, and in the words of liam gallager dont put your life in the hands of a rock and roll band and throw it alll away. Having said that I love Kasabian and think Tom is very talented and definatley part of the best modern brit band ever. peace and stay safe and never share injecting equipment goodnight
    contextgiveron December 19, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyou never talk dirty, eh?
    mellow23on September 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI have absolutely NO idea what this song is about lyric-wise, though when it comes to the music, I think it is one of the best songs these days. Pure rock. And the way Tom Meighan screams "Bitch" just before the rocking spiced up Queen-inspired (?) guitar solo as the finale makes this song just brilliant (for me). We need more songs like this one!
    karolineon April 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe first time I heard this song it was playing in the background of a vid of a Lindsay Lohan shoot.. to me it kind of embodies a girl like that, just someone who is completely being young, rebellious, living maybe a bit too dangerously, and who is very sexy. The song is about a relationship with this girl, maybe even just a one night stand or a heated short term fling.. When he sings "Always knew you would lose yourself to the scene, am I only a dream" he's talking about the party scene, drinking drugs, etc.. and it kind of seems like she's in control of things, he's kind of under her spell, and he knows he wont be there long, as when he sings "kings may come and then go"

    anyone else have input?
    ashleyfaithon May 20, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe runner= a girl who lives the fast life.

    shooting her? tying her down, probably in a relationship. hence the 'you're my queen, bitch'. it's not about respect, it's about wanting her so bad he's willing to strap her in, basically.
    yellieeon August 06, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Chang" is a term used in Liverpool for Cocaine, not sure whether it extends to Leicester, Kasabian's hometown.

    I reckon "bitch" is just added to the song because it's colloquial, and for no significant meaning. for example, Dave Chappelle's "I'm Rik James, Bitch!" Why bitch there? No reason.

    Is he actually king? is it a metaphor that he is powerful? more powerful than the "runner"?

    Not entirely sure on the overall meaning, but sex, power and philosophy (live you days like the last) all come into it.
    talariaon March 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this is correct.


    Shoot the runner
    Shoot shoot the runner
    I'm a king and she's my queen

    Shoot the runner
    Shoot shoot the runner
    I'm a king and she's my queen

    Dream
    Dream again in your way
    Always knew that you would
    Loose yourself to the scene
    Am I only a dream

    Shoot the runner
    Shoot shoot the runner
    I'm a king and she's my queen, Bitch

    Bang
    Bang away with my Chang
    Always know that I can
    Get your knee's on the floor
    Absinth make you may whore

    Shoot the runner
    Shoot shoot the runner
    I'm a king and she's my queen

    Shoot the runner
    Shoot shoot the runner
    I'm a king and she's my queen, Bitch

    Kings
    Kings may come and then go
    By this sword you must know
    That all things will come and then pass
    Live your days like the last
    flotanteon September 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah, I think you're correct "flotante". Hmm, I dunno I guess I prefer old kasabian to the new stuff, but its still a great song. What is the meaning of the "bitch"?
    wateron September 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentif she's his queen...why would she be a bitch in one way or another...?
    wateron September 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthanks for the help
    wateron September 20, 2006   Link

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