"Gunman" as written by and John/homme Baldwin....
Gunman,
Bloodshot eyes.
Gunman,
Grain of sand.
Sisters,
Could not speak.
Father,
Is a holy ghost.
And there's lions
In a cage.

It don't matter, don't try to explain,
You're just another dog to be trained,
Choke chained.
You're gonna end up under tooth and nail.
If you catch a tiger by the tail,
Don't fail.

Brother,
Does not dream
Anymore.
Sisters,
Could not sleep.
Transformation incomplete,
Mercy killing, those counting sheep.
I'm a trigger, quick to fire,
Punctuate betwixt the eyes
And you're clever
It ain't gonna help you.

Violence is just an incomplete thought,
Coming to a complete stop,
Stop.
You're so clever you'll tear us apart,
Then masquerade it as art.
Not smart.
If you can help anyone, help yourself,
That's unless you hate yourself,
Then don't help.

Angry ants are crawling,
Makes you wanna scream.

Lions clawing,
Building up steam.
Flesh and bone have no persuasion,
This is the pathway to my destination.
Gunman,
Where you been?
You're my
Hero,
Savior,
Psycho,
Slayer.

Follow the leader yet lead 'em the same.
Slugs punctuate the refrain,
Come again?
It don't matter, don't try to explain.
You're just a dog to be trained,
Choke chained.

You gonna end up under tooth and nail.
If you catch a tiger by the tail,
Don't fail.
I wanna go blind, wanna stare at the sun.
De-evolution.


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"Gunman" as written by Josh Homme John Baldwin

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  • +3
    General CommentIf you watch the video carefully, when you hear the lyrics "you're just another dog to be trained, choke chained" you see an image of a female, one of only two quick images of her in the entire video and she looks completely emotionless and evil, which makes me think this is about the whole 'women being narcissistic emotionless robots' conspiring with each other to completely control men and look out for their own needs and Tyler Durden describes in his Secret Society blog entry...
    M1k3ron February 26, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentTo me , and this is just my opinion,
    The songs about someone , whos been walked all over , and has retaliated by becoming a gunman, going after the ones who have hurt him.
    Everlong9on April 03, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe official lyrics from the booklet are out, they can be found at the TCV forum, transcribed by the user Autoriot,

    forum.themcrookedvultures.com/…

    Gunman,
    bloodshot eyes.
    Gunman,
    grain of sand.
    Sisters,
    could not speak.
    Father,
    is a holy ghost.
    & there's lions
    in a cage.

    It don't matter, don't try to explain,
    you're just another dog to be trained,
    choke chained.
    You're gonna end up under tooth & nail.
    If you catch a tiger by the tail,
    dont fail.

    Brother,
    does not dream
    anymore.
    Sisters,
    COULD NOT SLEEP.
    Transformation incomplete,
    mercy killing, those counting sheep.
    I'm a trigger, quick to fire,
    punctuate betwixt the eyes
    & you're clever...
    it ain't gonna help you.

    Violence is just an incomplete thought,
    coming to a complete stop,
    stop.
    You're so clever you'll tear us apart,
    then masquerade it as art.
    Not smart.
    If you can help anyone, help yourself,
    that's unless you hate yourself,
    then don't help.

    Angry ants are crawling,
    makes you wanna scream.

    Lions clawing,
    building up steam.
    Flesh & bone have no persuasion,
    this is the path to my destination.
    Gunman,
    where you been?
    You're my
    hero,
    saviour,
    psycho,
    slayer.

    Follow the leader yet lead 'em the same.
    Slugs punctuate the refrain,
    come again?
    It don't matter, don't try to explain.
    You're just a dog to be trained,
    choke chained.
    You gonna end up under tooth & nail.
    If you catch a tiger by THE TALE,
    DON'T FAIL.
    I wanna go blind, wanna stare at the sun.
    De-evolution.
    Servilonuson November 13, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretationit almost sounds like the story of a man killing his family using animals as a simile for his inner emotions and brutality of his actions.
    thats wat i interpret this 2 mean.
    "Brother,
    does not dream
    anymore.
    Sisters,
    COULD NOT SLEEP.
    Transformation incomplete,
    mercy killing, those counting sheep."
    AKAnathanon January 11, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretationto me this could be about those smart ass wise guys who use words to provoke others, and uses words as fists (if you get what i mean)
    "You're so clever you tear us apart
    Then masquerade it as art, not smart. "

    'gunman' sees right through this guy, and compares himself to a rabid animal (lion in a cage, angry ats etc), if this wise-guy even thinks about provoking gun man, he's gonna die by the tooth and nail.

    "It don't' matter don't try to explain
    You're just another dog to be trained/choke chain
    You're gonna die by the tooth and nail
    If you catch a tiger by the tail/Don't fail"

    it might be deeper than that, but there's i get the sense of bitterness and references to mindless violence
    forallthecowson June 17, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwho the fuck approved these empty lyrics?

    Bloated, blood shot eyes
    Gunman, prey no sin
    Sisters could not speak
    Father is a holy ghost
    Rambling liar, little cliché

    It doesn’t matter, don't try to explain
    You're just a dog that we trained, choke chain
    You're getting up on your tooth and nail
    If you catch a tiger by the tail, don't fail

    Brother does not dream, anymore
    Sisters could not sleep
    Transformation incomplete
    Mercy killing is counting sheep
    I'm the trigger quick to fire
    Punctuate betwixt the eye
    Oh clever it ain't gonna help you

    Violence is just an incomplete thought
    Thrown in to a complete start
    You're so clever, you tear us apart
    The masquerade of the heart, not smart
    If you could help then you won't help yourself
    That’s unless you hate yourself and don't know

    Make the ants come crawling
    Makes you wanna scream
    Violence clawing
    Building up steam
    Flesh and bone is no persuasion
    This is the pathway to my destination
    Gunman, where you been?
    You're my hero, savior, psycho, and slayer.

    Following a lead, you're leading the same
    That’s why you went for refrain, come again
    It don't matter don't try to explain
    You’re just a dog to be trained, choke chain
    You're gonna end up on the tooth and nail
    If you catch a tiger by the tail, don’t fail

    I wanna go back while imp still at the start
    Devolution
    LuckyDucky8676on November 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, well, now that we have three damned comments devoted entirely to determining what the actual lyrics are (Servilonus' are correct), can we please move on to what the song actually means?

    I love this band,but the meanings of their songs escape me completely, save for No One Loves Me, which I think I am taking entirely too much at face value.

    Any thoughts at all?
    MPS186282on November 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso far, this is my favorite song by Them Crooked Vultures; love the chorus! Crooked Vultures rocks
    SpunkySkunk347on November 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me, the song seems to be about nihilism
    SpunkySkunk347on November 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't help but notice so many animals named in this song, but I can't figure out the significance. Lions, ants, dog, tiger, sheep, slugs (but maybe slugs as in bullets?). Also interesting that the gunman is his "hero" and "savior" while being a "psycho" and "slayer."

    I'd like to hear a more detailed explanation of what SpunkySkunk was getting at, because to be honest, I'm lost. I don't understand this song.
    fearnotofmanon January 10, 2010   Link

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