"Gun Has No Trigger" as written by and David D Longstreth....
If you had looked, you might have just seen them
Stretched in the background
You’d see the oceans swell
And the mountains shook

You’d see a million colors
If you really looked
Now quick the night draws near
Her curtain spreads quicker
The safety’s off

But the gun has no trigger.
If you had looked, you’d be no one’s coward
Distance, justice, power
You’d glimpse the password

You wouldn’t need the book
You’d own both slave and master
If you just had looked
But now the banks all closed

And nothing gets bigger
The crowd will yell
But the gun has no trigger.
If you had looked, you might reconsider

Or just maybe you already have
They watch you sleeping
You watch their garbage cook
You’d weep a bowl of tears
If you had looked

But now the gate comes down
The pangs are growing dimmer
You hold a gun to your head
But the gun has no trigger


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"Gun Has No Trigger" as written by David D Longstreth

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    General CommentIt's about helplessness, and feeling there is no way out.


    It's about hindsight, and how it's so maddeningly always 20/20.

    The frustration of finding that the most dire, destructive, explosive way of finding your way out of a situation, will most likely fail.

    It's about life. It's a gun, but you can't control it.
    ogami1972on July 23, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI find it political as well. It may be on a sort of deeper level as well but here's mine:

    "If you had looked, you might have just seen them
    Stretched in the background
    You'd see the oceans swell
    And the mountains shook
    You'd see a million colors
    If you really looked"

    The first verse is maybe the toughest in my interpretation. It's about the political structure that's created the world-wide situation that's happening atm. The inequality and greed is ever more evident but people fail to see what's happening ("if you had looked"). The "million colors" doesn't seems to fit in, though.

    "Now quick the night draws near
    Her curtain spreads quicker
    The safety's off,
    But the gun has no trigger"

    This goes on to tell that a fall of some sorts is at the door, in my interpretation pointing towards a rupture in the level of society.

    "If you had looked, you'd be no one's coward
    Distance, justice, power
    You'd glimpse the password
    You wouldn't need the book
    You'd own both slave and master
    If you just had looked"

    Here are the actual words "distance, justice, power" to hint at the same direction. "If one had looked" how the world actually is, one could have used it to the same advantage that e.g. the richest 1% has so far done.

    But now the banks all close
    And nothing gets bigger
    The crowd will yell
    But the gun has no trigger

    As you can probably imagine, this is the chorus that made me think of this in the first place. Everyone's enjoyed the economical growth to some extent in the past few decades. Just that some have known it to be impossible and still taken advantage of it. Soon nothing will get bigger (=hyper recession) and the banks will actually close and then the crowd won't know what to do. But the "gun has no trigger" in the sense that there's nothing to do about it really.

    "If you had looked, you might reconsider
    Or just maybe you already have
    They watch you sleeping
    You watch their garbage cook
    You'd weep a bowl of tears
    If you had looked"

    Here the "they watch you sleeping" refers to the elite watching the crowd sleep through the deception and on the other hand crowd "watching the garbage cook" as everyone knows the debt crisis is impossible to solve but and nothing concrete happens to fix it.

    It may be a far sho tand Longstreth may be laughing his ass off reading this but to me it's at least comforting to think that there might be a pop song that nutshells it all so neatly. :) Anyway, the best song on the best album in years.
    lentolentoon September 20, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAfter a few listens, it hit me that this might be political, but honestly, I could be totally wrong. Anyone else get that feeling?
    contortioniston July 23, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationInfertility and waiting too long to have kids:

    "Her curtain spreads quicker // The safety's off, // But the gun has no trigger"
    "But now the banks all close // And nothing gets bigger"
    Meekohion January 02, 2013   Link

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