"Frankie's Gun" as written by and James Felice Ian Felice....
My car goes, Chicago,
Every weekend I pick up some cargo
I think I know the bloody way by now, Frankie
Turn the god damn radio down, thank you
Pull over, count the money
But don't count the thirty in the glove box buddy
That's for to buy Lucille some clothes

Bang bang bang went Frankie's gun
(He shot me down Lucille)
Bang bang bang went Frankie's gun
(He shot me down Lucille)
He shot me down
(He shot me down)

Work zones, double fines
Don't pass the double lines
Trailer McDonald's rest stop trailer double wide
I saw a man hit my mom one time, really
I hurt him so damn bad I had to hide in Jersey
Called my mama told her
In the dresser
There's ten or twenty dollars but there ain't no lesser
That's for to take my sister to the picture show

Bang bang bang went Frankie's gun
(He shot me down Lucille)
Bang bang bang went Frankie's gun
(He shot me down Lucille)
He shot me down
(He shot me down)
Sha nay na sha nay na na na ...

(Mumbling)

Slip make a fender shine
Frankie you're a friend of mine
Got me off a bender after long legged Brenda died
I thought we might be on a roll this time Frankie
I could have swore the box said Hollywood blanks but
You see my mama
Please tell her
I left a little rock in a box in the cellar
That's for to wear till kingdom come

Bang bang bang went Frankie's gun
(He shot me down Lucille)
Bang bang bang went Frankie's gun
(He shot me down Lucille)
He shot me down
(He shot me down)
Sha nay na sha nay na na na ...

Yodle ay hee hooo!


Lyrics submitted by shayborg, edited by noelsguitar

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  • +2
    General CommentReally cool song. Learning how to play it on my guitar :)

    It's about Frank Nitti, one of Al Capones top henchman, who later kill him self.

    Check it out!

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    hoekon December 01, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI found it interesting that when I saw these guys live (for the second time) they changed the line: "You see my mama/Please tell her/I left a little rock in a box in the cellar." The show was a live radio hour here in Louisville, KY, and instead they sang, "You see my BABY/Please tell her..." Which makes more sense to me. I would see giving a sweetheart a ring to wear forever as more likely than giving one to your mother...
    mnteckyon August 05, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't think it's about Frank Nitti specifically, it's about a guy travelling with him on the drug or booze runs.

    The guy is obviously creaming money off the top of the payments being made to him and Frankie hence

    "don't count the thirty in the glove box buddy"

    and

    "in the dresser, there's ten or twenty dollars but etc"

    The guy is taking a bit for himself here and there and I think it's fair to assume that Capone or Frankie found out and "bang, bang, bang went Frankie's gun" he delivered their kind of justice.

    Whether they sing "mama" or "baby" is irrelevant, the important thing is that he "hid a little rock". Hid is the operative word because once again he's been taking from Capone.

    Very clever lyrics I reckon.
    Houxty1on December 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentImlearning this on guitar as well and sort of scared that there is a lost verse, a verse about how Frankie later went to get the "rock in the cellar" and killed his mom and sister.
    kjoyoon September 29, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, this band is amazing!!!!

    I think its about driving to Chicago to pick up drug shipments or something. Also the hard rougish life of dealing in drugs maybe.
    onezeroon April 07, 2008   Link

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