"Deadman's Gun" as written by and Brian Liesegang Christopher Holmes....
Your hands upon
A deadman's gun, and you're
Lookin' down the sights

Your heart is warm
And the seams are torn, and they've
Given you a reason to fight

And you're not gonna take
What they've got to give
And you're not gonna let 'em take your will to live
Because they've taken enough
And you've given them all you can give
And luck won't save them tonight
They've given you a reason to fight

And all the storms you've been chasin'
About to rain down tonight
And all that pain you've been facin'
About to come into the light

Your hands upon
A deadman's gun, and you're
Lookin' down the sights

Your heart is warm
And the seams are torn, and they've
Given you a reason to fight

And you're not gonna take
What they've got to give
And you're not gonna let 'em take your will to live
Because they've taken enough
And you've given them all you can give
And luck won't save them tonight
They've given you a reason to fight

And all the storms you've been chasin'
About to rain down tonight
And all that pain you've been facin'
About to come into the light


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"Deadman's Gun" as written by Brian Liesegang Christopher Holmes

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    General CommentI got chills the first time I listened to this song. It's very unique by how melodic and quiet it is, but it's powerful. It's about sticking to your guns(literally in reference to the game) and not backing down after going through Hell and back. Stand by your convictions and everything that has made you who you are, and do not back down and let others get the best of you. You've got a reason to fight...pull the trigger.
    austin61285on January 20, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI agree with all these. It's a powerful song and is about not giving up. It's also very meaningful as

    *SPOILER* you play as Jack at the end and fight to avenge John's death. So you literally get "your hands on a dead man's gun" and by "looking down the sights" it means you're fighting for what he was fighting for :) as Jack goes to kill Edgar for killing John. As Landon Rickets says in multiplayer when you avenge (maybe others too I don't know) "An eye for an eye"
    */SPOILER* :)
    Brad1809on October 27, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI don't think this song is directly talking about Jack and John Marston. I don't think it should be taken literally as in a man holding another man's gun. The two men are within yourself. It's the past you and the you now. "your hand's upon a deadman's gun, and you're lookin' down the sights" is when you are looking through the eyes of your past self.
    "your heart is worn and the seams are torn and they've given you a reason to fight" is saying that you are finally tired of your old ways (whether it be that you are moving on in life, leaving a relationship, stopping drugs" and you're tired of the troubles your problem gave you. Your heart and soul are tired of being worn down by the issues you had.

    "and you're not gonna take what they've got to give
    and you're not gonna let 'em take your will to live
    because they've taken enough and you've given them all you can give
    and luck won't save them tonight
    they've given you a reason to fight"
    You are giving up the addiction or the loveless relationship. You're not going to give in to whatever promises or feelings are made because you are just gonna fade away if you stay. You've given your best efforts and all your efforts, but the problem or relationship isn't getting better.

    This is my interpretation.
    hatfieldson February 26, 2014   Link
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    General CommentLittle surprised that no one's commented. I heard the song during the closing credits of Red Dead Redemption and it was amazing. It fit so perfectly. Just a haunting song that really worked with the story of the game. I love it.
    SilverNobleon August 31, 2010   Link
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    My OpinionStrange that not too many have commented on this. Then again, didn't expect the lyrics to be here at all. That said, the song's amazing, and I thoroughly agree with Silver on his opinion. Considering that you often end the game by killing someone with, quite literally, a dead man's gun...That also adds to it a bit. It fits the storyline and feeling excellently.

    It's a good song on its own, as well, and can be taken several different ways. It's saddening, but also encouraging, and it really can set you in the mood to face something with pride.

    Overall, amazing job, Ashtar Command. Why've I not heard of them until now...
    Tyrakon December 09, 2010   Link

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