"Shackler's Revenge" as written by W. Axl Rose, Caram Chase Costanzo, Robin Finck, Brian Patrick Carroll, Bryan Kei Mantia and Peter Joseph Scaturro....
I've got a funny feeling there's something wrong today
I've got a funny feeling and it won't go away

I've got an itchy finger and there'll be hell to pay
I'm gonna pull the trigger and blow them all away

Don't ever try to tell me how much you care for me
Don't ever try to tell me how you were there for me

[Chorus]
I don't believe there's a reason (I hope you see this)
I don't believe there's a reason (I don't regret this)

I've got a wicked demon inside that never fades
I've got an empty feeling I won't be home today

Don't ever try to tell me how much you care for me
Don't ever try to tell me how you were there for me

[Chorus: Repeat x2]

I want you to stop and help out with doing what you want to do
No one is guilty here now, there's nothing new now

[Chorus: Repeat x2]


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"Shackler's Revenge" as written by Brian Patrick Carroll Brian Carroll

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  • +4
    General CommentObviously this song is about an alienated person who ends up losing it, and shooting up a school, office, etc. Axl then writes that "I don't believe there's a reason" which i believe means that he doesnt know if there is a for sure reason why people go nuts and mass murder (like columbine, or virginia tech, or any serial killer), even though we should know the reason. Axl really shows off his vocal range here, starting low and then using his trademark scream. Really awesome track. It's great to hear his voice again. It's so distinct, and so needed in today's suffering rock genre. This is in Rock Band II, and it will be really hard for someone to sing and copy axl's range. Good luck. I can't wait to pick up this album when it comes out. The first meaningful rock album to come out in a very long time. Good luck Guns n' Roses, many people are pulling for you.
    axlsbrainon August 25, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAxl said this song is about all the school shootings and how Guns N' Roses was partly blamed for influencing one of the shooters because he (Virgina Tech shooter) had written a play entitled "Mr. Brownstone."

    The first half of the song is in the voice of the shooter, while the second half is Axl's own comments.

    Joe K. on December 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have Axl's range, I can go higher too, but it's not a scream, so not as cool. I am so jealous of him. the lucky bitch.
    wowomgon October 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionFrom my perusal of numerous internet forums, this song took a heavy beating from a lot of fans, but I think it's interesting. I like it.
    Marinerson November 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is Axl's little affirmation to himself: "you're doing the right thing".

    "I gotta itchy finger and there'll be Hell to pay. I'm gonna pull the trigger and blow them all away" seems to be him blowing away the competition, whether that's Slash and his new band or just the new rock bands in general or even just anyone who ever doubted him. He's saying he's going to blow them away with his new band, who he thinks is better than anything out there. The "wicked demon" whose "hunger never fades" seems to be his desire, his musical instinct.

    "Don't ever try to tell me how much you care for me/were there for me" seems to be his message to anyone who ever turned their back on him: "When I'm back on top, don't come crawling back to me, because you abandoned me when I was down. Fuck you."

    "No one is stopping you now from doing what you want to do": This line is the clearest part to me. He's saying "fuck the band. Now I don't have to listen to them or anyone. This band is mine now and we'll follow my direction from this point forward."

    Again, Chinese Democracy is two parts: One part analyzing his failed romances, the other part analyzing the demise of the original Guns lineup.
    John Koutrison November 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dont think this is about killing people, that thought never crossed my mind until i read other peoples comments. my first thought was realtionship when i heard this, and im gonna stick to my thoughts cause i believe its somewhere along that line, if that made any sense. this is my favorite song on chinese democracy
    julianpanion November 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is confusing. It begins with ominous marilyn manson-esque lyrics then goes to more standard GNR stuff,
    mailedbypostmanon November 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about getting revenge after years of taking shit. Just read the lyrics, t's pretty sef explaitory.
    Sprite1on December 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the only song Buckethead was given writing credit for. It reminds me a lot of him.

    I have to agree with the school shooting theory. It makes the most sense and is believable considering Buckethead's fascination with serial killers and things of those subjects.
    DanStranger51on July 15, 2010   Link

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