"Gun" as written by Iain Andrew Cook, Martin Clifford Doherty and Lauren Eve Mayberry....
You had better run from me
With everything you own
'Cause I am gonna come for you
With all that I have

I am gonna break you down
To tiny, tiny parts
I never believed, but I see it now
I'm learning your lesson, I’m learning your lesson

Did it make you feel so clever
Did you wear it on your sleeve
Did you see another picture
Where I was not a part so far entwined

There's no other way, never run far
Take a good swing at me, and everything is even
So finally, we agree, no place for promises here
You better run, you better run so

Hide, hide, I have burned your bridges
I will be a gun, and it's you I'll come for
I, I, have never felt so easy
I will be a gun, and it's you I'll come for

Who are you to tell me how
To keep myself afloat
I tread the water all the while
You stuck in the knife that you held at my back

Did it make you feel so clever
Did you wear it on your sleeve
Did you see another lifetime
Where I was not a part so far entwined

There's no other way, never run far
Take a good swing at me, and everything is even
So finally, we agree, no place for promises here
You better run, you better run so

Hide, hide, I have burned your bridges
Now I'll be a gun and it's you I’ll come for
Hide hide never felt so easy
I will be a gun and it's you I'll come for

There is no other way never run far
Take a good swing at me and everything is even
So finally, we agree no place for promises here
You better run, you better run so

Hide, hide I, have burned your bridges
I will be a gun and it's you I’ll come for

Hide, hide have never felt so easy
I will be a gun and it’s you I'll come for

(Oh oh) and it’s you I'll come for
(Oh oh) and it’s you I'll come for
(Oh oh) and it’s you I'll come for
(Oh oh) and it’s you I'll come for

And I’m gonna see that you won't go far (oh oh)
And I’m gonna see that you won't go far (oh oh)
And I’m gonna see that you won't go far (oh oh)
And I’m gonna see that you won't go far (oh oh)


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"Gun" as written by Lauren Eve Mayberry Iain Andrew Cook

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    Song MeaningSeveral of the songs on "The Bones of What You Believe" reference relationships (or their complications), and I think "Gun" is one of them. The protagonist/singer has been left by someone with whom her relationship was so intense and powerful that she's on a path of pure destruction after its end - and the ex is the target. This isn't necessarily a physical act, however. The references to burning bridges and being entwined suggest that in its intensity (and the intensity of the breakup), the relationship cut off both people from others; now, alone together and mutually hurt and furious, the singer has no option but to turn her rage against her former lover.
    CallMe1shmaelon September 29, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis sounds like the song was written from the perspective of a woman scorned.

    I am gonna break you down
    To tiny, tiny parts

    I think revenge is contained within those words
    Zenmanshipon June 03, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationYes this is a song about a woman scorned, but I think there's a lot more to it than that. This isn't exactly the perfect break up song you blare in your car as you pass your ex's house. There's a subtle meaning that gives this song a much wider appeal.

    "There's no other way we can run far"

    There's a "we" there. Despite the knife in the back and burned bridges, there's still a way they "can run far" together. It implies that, while the relationship may have broken down, the fascination continues. She's hunting the object of her affection, leaving out what she'll do when she catches up. What first sounds like tough talk starts to sound a lot more like infatuation.

    "I will be a gun and it's you I'll come for"

    Why isn't the lyric "it's you I'll aim for"? You aim a gun and fire, it's the bullet that does the traveling. I think that simple question creates a tension your brain wants to resolve. The obvious homophone of "coming" creates a sexual undertone, as if the betrayal of her lover has her caught in a compulsion/revulsion trap of wanting to be with someone who's no good for her.

    This one lyric is the central theme of the song, after all, and she repeats, "and it's you I'll come for" repeatedly as if to underscore the point. Double entendre or no, when the line is taken out of context this way it sounds as if it would be right at home in a love song.

    If you go back and read the lyrics and imagine it sung by an rock or industrial band, the double meaning would get lost. As it stands though, the lilting synthpop delivery is about the furthest you can get from vengeful or aggressive, with a bittersweet tone that owes a more to OMD or Pet Shop Boys than say Alanis Morissette or Depeche Mode.
    youneverknewmeon April 11, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese lyrics are so full of emotion and feeling. Definitely one of my favorite songs on the album. I agree, this is most likely about a relationship that ended, and the singer has so much pent up rage and frustration about it all, she is targeting her ex. Really great song to sing when you're feeling jilted...
    RoyalBakanesson February 13, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI think the meaning is quite simple and self explanatory. The singer is seeking revenge against someone who hurt them, but it's probably in a more psychological way than a physical way. 'I will be a gun and it's you I'll come for'... that seems symbolic for becoming successful or powerful, building up your strength, ultimately to emotionally ruin the person who hurt you.
    jedzeeon March 31, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI agree with those you said the songs on this album are about relationships/break-ups.

    The title of this song is Gun. TO me that says she wants revenge. But the gun doesn't have to be a physical weapon like in real life. The gun could be her metaphorically speaking about how she will get revenge.
    deathvalleyon January 04, 2015   Link

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