"Smokin' from Shootin'" as written by and James Edward Olliges Jr....
Have you had enough excitement now
More than you ever did
You never wanted to be treated like a woman
You maintained you was just a kid

Well at least you were of age my dear
These days kids they grow so fast
You never wanted to be committed to the present
You're too busy believing in the past, oh

Who then was your savior
Who then was your friend
Who is now committed to the present
Is it someone that exists?

What is life in God?
A perfect vision of the self?
I always thought we was a dealing with the one thing
Now we are dealing with something else, oh

[Chorus: ]
Do you see my smoking guns
They're smoking from a shootin'
Smoking from shootin'
Smokin' from shootin' at nothing here

Do you live your life on the road?
Yeah loosing that I'm loving
Asking for nothing
Runnin' from something that isn't there, oh

And it's my decision (?)
Erase all your thoughts (?)
What's makes up, how we are
If we can prove science (?)

Kumbiyah, my Lord
Row you boat ashore
The river is on (?)
The heat is cold
He choose the body and not the soul

{Chorus: ]

Do you live your life on the road?
Yeah loosing that I'm loving
Asking for nothing
Runnin' from something that isn't there, oh

What are your running from...running from?


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"Smokin from Shootin" as written by James Edward Olliges Jr

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    General CommentWatch this video, it contains Jim James' opinion on religion. I am not saying I know what this song is about but after watching this, I am sure it is not about how great God and religion are.

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    Tw33dsuiton October 21, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningThis seems to be about someone who refuses to acknowledge the world around them, instead resorting to the 'Goddidit' mentality.

    He chastises her for self-imposed ignorance and the rebuttal of his friendship/attempts at helping her: "who then was your savior? Who then was your friend? Who is now committed to the present? Is it someone that exists?"

    And then criticizes her ego: "what is life in God? A perfect vision of the self?" (As if God could be nothing other than what we wish we were)

    The second verse seems to be a rebuttal of most Christians' arguments against atheists. What makes us who we are? Science doesn't attempt to answer that question, but that doesn't mean the religious are correct by default: "faith can't prove what science won't resolve."

    I don't see this as an out and out attack on religion, though. He seems to be mad at the girl, but understands why she believes: "the river's long. it is cold. it chills the body but not the soul." Religion gets her through tough times, despite what he thinks of it.
    Otterrifficon January 15, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSong from the new album. Pretty effing good.
    a town like parison June 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLyrics for this are not all inclusive... here is the rest:

    who makes my decisions? who reads all your thoughts?
    what makes us how we are?
    faith can't prove what science won't resolve
    kumbaya my lord, c'mon row your boat ashore
    the river's long. it is cold. it chills the body but not the soul.

    do you see my smokin' guns?
    they're smokin' from shootin'. smokin' from shootin'
    smokin' from shooting at nothing dear.
    do you live your life on the run?
    losing out on lovin
    asking for nothing
    running from something that isn't there

    distance- coming or going? c'mon
    what are you waiting for?
    distance- growing or closing in on?
    anyway?
    Comebakatzon June 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is by far my favorite song on the new album, and it has made it into one of my favorites of all time. this is the kind of song that takes your heart by the hand and you're dragged along behind it.

    i think we've all felt like we're living life on the run, losing out on lovin, asking for nothing running from something that isnt there. ... we've all felt that way.
    jennybeanon July 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Faith can't prove what science won't resolve."

    That is one of the best lines I've heard in a long time.

    The second verse sounds like a person talking to someone else about God. That line, to me, means that faith can't prove that there is a God, or that would eliminate faith; it would just be truth. The second half means, to me, that science won't resolve "how we are" because there is no other explanation. The end sounds like he's talking about society, are we getting closer to armageddon, or are we getting further from God.
    scottypon July 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAfter listening to this song over and over again, I have a new opinion on its meaning.

    I think it's a song written from God's perspective to someone on Earth.

    He's asking her if she's ready to come to Him. He says that she never wanted to be treated like a woman, maintaining that she was just a kid because in some religions, there is an age of accountability. He's saying that this girl justified all of her actions by saying that she wasn't old enough to understand. For some reason or another, she never wanted to be committed to the present, she was living her life on the run.

    The second verse is about God giving her reason to commit to Him. He is right here for her, committed to the present, although no one that exists (no person on Earth) is. The question, "What is life in God? A perfect vision of the self?" confuses me, but I'm open to suggestions...
    The chorus is about God simply saying that he exists. A smoking gun is an undeniable fact; therefore, God's asking if we see that He is undeniably real.

    Maybe the girl finally commits, and that is the third verse. She says "Kumbaya my lord, c'mon row your boat ashore," telling Him to take over.

    The end is God's final call to everyone. What are you waiting for? You're not getting any younger. You're only getting closer to death.




    Aside from my interpretation, the song is amazing. I LOVE the way he makes his voice shake when he says "it is cold..." Anyone else hear that? He almost adds an "H" to it... "hit is chold..." Jim and the rest of the James gang are great.
    scottypon March 16, 2009   Link
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    General Commentto me its simply a break up song.. hes wondering when in the hell this girl is gonna grow up.. keep thinking of the past never looking forward.. later on in song is just talking about what makes us the way we are?? we do we do things the way we do it.. decisions in life.. immature decisions particularly and the chorus is obviously metaphorical.. smokin gun.. im the gun .. bullets coming out.. like the rage of emotion that is coming out of him.. why is love so hard?? so difficult? why are u running away from it? GREAT LYRICS by Mr. James.. probably the greatest newer band out at the moment
    RupeshPatel27on May 22, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentIn my opinion he is saying goodbye to someone he does not see eye to eye with or agree with. But in a good way as is the Jim James way.
    mookiekurton November 11, 2013   Link

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