Back in the 19th century on southern US land
They built a simple kind of house, and many still do stand
The people called them 'shotgun house', from the African word "to-gun"
Just three or four rooms back-to-back, and I'm-a get me one, son.

When I get my shotgun house, you can visit all the time
I will move from back porch to front room by walking a straight line
Oh, when I buy my shotgun house that will be something fine
I will finally have a place I can call mine

Now, yes, I am an English man - from Oxford, if you please
But when it comes to settling down, I may look overseas
For I have travelled far and wide, to places foul and fair
But I have loved America since I was married there, yeah

When I get my shotgun house, you can visit all the time
I will move from back porch to front room by walking a straight line
Oh now, just to own a shotgun house would be a splendid thing
I will sing the way my daddy used to sing
On the banks M-I, double S-I, double S-I, P-P-I


Lyrics submitted by Haunted Devil

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