Well he ran around late at night
Holding hands, making light
Of everything that came before
But there she was behind the door

She hit them with her ten cent pistol
Because they ruined her name
She hit them with her ten cent pistol
And they've never been the same

There's nothing worse in this world
Than pay-back from a jealous girl
The laws of man, they don't apply
When blood gets in a woman's eye

She hit them with her ten cent pistol
Because they ruined her name
She hit them with her ten cent pistol
And they've never been the same

Stars did fall, thunder rolled
Bugs crawled back in their holes
The couple screamed, but it was far too late
Her jealous heart did retaliate

She hit them with her ten cent pistol
Because they ruined her name
She hit them with her ten cent pistol
And they've never been the same


Lyrics submitted by mellow, edited by smallwonderrobot

Ten Cent Pistol song meanings
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  • +5
    General Commentso, it's quite obvious what this song is about. revenge. jealousy. a woman scorned. i love the track. these boys have so much soul it's ridiculous. the only question i have - the title of the song is Ten Cent Pistol and that's slang usually for laced drugs to kill a dealer's customer that "crossed them". i wonder if that's the case here or are they using "Ten Cent Pistol" for an actual weapon. if so, it gives it an old pulp novel feel which i think is great. either way, it's a fantastic song. anyone know, though?
    mzquirkon June 16, 2010   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI love this song because I definitely found out about my ex partner's cheap married skank. My "ten cent pistol" was spilling the beans to her husband's mother (mother-in-law) about the affair. And it only came down to this because they live in another state otherwise there would've been more damage...

    It's true:

    "The laws of man, they don't apply
    When blood gets in a woman's eye"

    suckaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas
    blueberryhearton September 03, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it might be "thunder rolled" instead of "thunder road".
    alabeeon December 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment@mzquirk: Thats interesting, I didn't know about the second meaning of "ten cent pistol", but it does make sense. I always wondered about the line "And they've never been the same" if the scorned woman shot them. It's an odd way to say that someone died. But it came to my mind with your drug-reference that the drugs might have changed them in the sense of brain damage. But that sounds far fetched, now that I'm wirting it :D
    Also, "there she was behind the door". So I guess I'll go with the shooting-scenario ;)
    obviousfakeron December 31, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentten cent pistol is old slang for poison. back in the day it was cheap, deadly and anyone could use it, hence the term ten cent pistol.
    cosmicdust513on May 05, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about a girl who found out her husband/boyfriend/significant other was cheating on her and the revenge she had.
    Machineyon August 22, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe either cheated on her or was spreading rumours about her "they ruined her name" and to get revenge she used a "ten cent pistol" She took a cheap shot

    i think that he most likely cheated on her because it says they" him and the other woman" not just he"
    ACEHIGHOUTLAWon May 11, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe either cheated on her or was spreading rumours about her "they ruined her name" and to get revenge she used a "ten cent pistol" She took a cheap shot

    i think that he most likely cheated on her because it says they" him and the other woman" not just he"
    ACEHIGHOUTLAWon May 11, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRevenge. I love this song.
    Ahourstoryon July 29, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIt's very obvious the song is about revenge. The title, though, is what's up for interpretation. I don't think they were directly referencing a "ten cent pistol," as in the poison or laced drugs some of you mentioned. I think it was more of a thing that they used to indirectly say that she slyly got her revenge, as someone would slyly lace drugs or slip poison into a beverage. Maybe she spread a rumor or something terrible enough for them to "never be the same?" Maybe the rumor was bad enough to make people look at them differently, and not associate with them? I'm not exactly sure, but I honestly don't think drugs or poison were actually involved in this haha.
    thee1975on May 14, 2014   Link

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