"Take Out the Gunman" as written by Peter Loeffler and Samuel Loeffler....
I woke where the light
Hit me right in the temple
Felt something cold
Touch my toes as it passed

Might not be the face you'd expect
But he's clearly insane
Got me pegged in the back

Just need a bit of the camera
Point the gun at the eyes
Or at the knees, had to shoot, had to fight
Gonna take out the gunman

Bit of the camera
Made a run for our lives
Take out the knees, had to choose, had to find
Gonna take out the gunman

Eyes huge, so little left of something
Cracks and clues, he's crazy as a straw
Why denied, does no one care or nothing
How, you ask, I ever last so long

'Cause I, I went blind, a blinding riot
He's regretting every word
Those empty lies
One more tonight, a blinding riot
As I summon every nerve

Just need a bit of the camera
Point the gun at the eyes
Or at the knees, had to shoot, had to fight
Gonna take out the gunman

A bit of the camera
Made a run for our lives
Take out the knees, had to choose, had to find
Gonna take out the gunman
Gonna take out the gunman
Gonna take out the gunman

I'm gonna take out
I'm gonna take out
I'm gonna take out
I'm gonna take out

Just need a bit of the camera
Point the gun at the eyes
Or at the knees, had to shoot, had to fight
Gonna take out the gunman

Bit of the camera
Made the run for our lives
I'm so amazed at the way it was televised
Gonna take out the gunman
Gonna take out the gunman
I'm gonna take out the gunman
I'm gonna take out the gunman


Lyrics submitted by metta4, edited by slomk6, gassygunslinger, 13browell

"Take Out the Gunman" as written by Peter Loeffler, Samuel Loeffler

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  • +3
    My OpinionFrom all the comments I've read on youtube and what I've seen with Chevelle's lyrics in the past, this song is about public shootings and the way they are publicized. If you take it from that point of view, the song is written from the would-be hero's stance. "point the gun at the eyes, or at the knees, had to shoot, had to fight."
    matb02on March 28, 2014   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI know many people take this very literal and think the gunman is a actual "shooter" but really I see it as someone who's suicidal or someone who has an internal riot brewing inside them. They want to kill themselves "point the gun at the eyes" OR and that or is important, "shoot" the knees of the evil thoughts cause they "have to fight" they have to take out the gunman in themselves if they can hope to survive. It's not the face you would expect. It's a blind riot. A fight against something he can't see. He may take drugs to help deal with it as seen in with the line "huge eyes." He leave clues that nobody seems to see or care about and they all call him crazy for his condition. At the end he's amazed at the way at which they (those with depression) "televise" their condition aka through suicide. Maybe it's more literal meaning he hates the way suicide is televised to be good or such. So he decides to fight against the "gunman."
    Meechaon April 15, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationTo me, knowing the kind of topics Chevelle finds important enough to write about, this song is about standing against a corrupt leader. "Might not be the face you'd expect," leads me to believe the Gunman is someone people are supposed to trust. The part about the "blinding riot," to me, means the hyped up followers of this leader who see him as the good guy the leader either once was, or lead his followers to believe he was (:so amazed at the way it was televised".) Pete is saying he was once one of these followers, but one morning he woke up and realized this person is leading them to destruction, so he decides to stand against the Gunman.
    13browellon June 23, 2014   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI think this song is not about "an evil gunman" but the process of society creating one and how we label someone "crazy as a straw" and not realize what it could cause
    Strfoxon February 06, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIf anyone has corrections to these lyrics let me know. They are not official, they are just my interpretation. I got the "just need a bit of the camera" part from ambi over at ambilyrics.com and corrected the rest of what he had and posted it there before posting here.

    I originally thought he was saying "Just need a bit of luck, get em up." I still don't think either of those is right, but "camera" makes more sense in context with "the way it was televised" at the end.
    metta4on February 06, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song sounds like them speaking out against paparazzi and the media destroying the lives of child actors/musicians. The gunman is the person behind the camera, and they're responsible for creating controversy in musicians' lives where there is none.
    ope86on February 09, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe first verse

    "Awoke when the light
    Hit me right in the temple
    Felt something cold
    Touch my toes as it passed"

    Makes me feel like the singer was killed at the start. "Awoke when the light hit me right in the temple" woke up then was shot in the head. "Felt something cold touch my toes as it passed". Could be a reference to dying, soul leaving the body, ect.
    Guilitineon March 02, 2014   Link
  • 0
    Link(s)The lyrics submitted here are incorrect, but in all honesty the only reason I know for sure is because I watched the official lyric video posted to the ChevelleVEVO channel on Youtube. I had no freaking clue what they were saying, and for the record I think Meta4 made a great stab at it, and got most of it right. Here are the videos according to the official video (which can be found here: youtube.com/… ):

    Awoke when the light
    Hit me right in the temple
    Felt something cold
    Touch my toes as it passed

    Might not be the face you'd expect
    But he's clearly insane
    Got me pegged in the back

    Just need a bit of luck
    Get 'em up
    Point the gun at the eyes
    Or at the knees, had to shoot, had to fight
    Gonna take out the gunman

    Bit of luck
    Get 'em up
    Made to run for our lives
    Take out the knees, had to choose, had to fight
    Gonna take out the gunman

    Eyes huge, so little left if something
    Cracks and clues, he's crazy as a straw
    Why denied, does no one care or nothing?
    How, you ask, I ever last so long

    Cuz I, I went blind, a blinding riot
    He's regretting every word
    Those empty lies
    One more tonight, a blinding riot
    As I summon every nerve

    Just need a bit of luck
    Get 'em up
    Point the gun at the eyes
    Or at the knees, had to shoot, had to fight
    Gonna take out the gunman

    Bit of luck
    Get 'em up
    Made to run for our lives
    Take out the knees, had to choose, had to fight
    Gonna take out the gunman
    Gonna take out the gunman
    Gonna take out the gunman


    Gonna take out
    Gonna take out
    Gonna take out
    Gonna take out

    Just need a bit of luck
    Get 'em up
    Point the gun at the eyes
    Or at the knees, had to shoot, had to fight
    Gonna take out the gunman

    Bit of luck
    Get 'em up
    Made to run for our lives
    I'm so amazed at the way we televize
    Gonna take out the gunman
    Gonna take out the gunman
    Gonna take out the gunman
    Gonna take out the gunman

    Interpretation:

    The line "amazed at the way we televise" makes me think of the media frenzies surrounding shooters (they've been in season the past few years). Seems like it's from the perspective of someone trying to fight back, and a bit of a comment on the (somewhat frightening) fascination the general public has with violent tragic events. There's an old saying in journalism: "If it bleeds, it leads". But, it's just a general guess.
    gassygunslingeron June 06, 2014   Link

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