"Janie's Got A Gun" as written by Steven Tyler and Tom Hamilton....
Dumb, dumb, dumb, honey what have you done?
Dumb, dumb, dumb it's the sound of my gun.
Dumb, dumb, dumb, honey what have you done?
Dumb, dumb, dumb it's the sound

Janie's got a gun
Janie's got a gun
Her whole world's come undone
From lookin' straight at the sun
What did her daddy do?
What did he put you through?
They said when Janie was arrested they found him underneath a train
But man, he had it comin'
Now that Janie's got a gun she ain't never gonna be the same.

Janie's got a gun
Janie's got a gun
Her dog day's just begun
Now everybody is on the run
Tell me now it's untrue.
What did her daddy do?

He jacked a little bitty baby
The man has got to be insane
They say the spell that he was under the lightning and
The thunder knew that someone had to stop the rain

Run away, run away from the pain yeah, yeah yeah yeah
Run away run away from the pain yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Run away, run away, run, run away

Janie's got a gun
Janie's got a gun
Her dog day's just begun
Now everybody is on the run
What did her daddy do?

It's Janie's last I.O.U.
She had to take him down easy and put a bullet in his brain
She said 'cause nobody believes me.
The man was such a sleaze. He ain't never gonna be the same.

Run away, run away from the pain yeah, yeah yeah yeah yeah
Run away run away from the pain yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Run away, run away, run, run away

Janie's got a gun
Janie's got a gun
Janie's got a gun
Everybody is on the run

Janie's got a gun
Her dog day's just begun
Now everybody is on the run
Because Janie's got a gun
Janie's got a gun
Her dog day's just begun
Now everybody is on the run
Janie's got a gun


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"Janie's Got a Gun" as written by Steven Tyler, Tom Hamilton

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  • +4
    General CommentI would like to add that this song is not only about child abuse, molestation and gun control- it's about the fact no one believes Janie and thinks she's crazy. Can no one else see how traumatic and destructive that would be to Janie? She would be an absolute wreck. And i agree- no one should joke about these things. It's just not appropriate.
    anotherwannabpunkon June 06, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think this song is about how "monsters create monsters".

    The song is obviously about rape, incest, and a child abuse, but it also goes into the future affects that such abuse can cause. The repeated line "everybody is on the run" means to me that her father isn't the only target, because she has "snapped", and is now after everyone because noone believed her.
    mapache315on April 27, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song was very touching, the message was very clear the poor girl had an asshole of a father. and was getting raped very often.i'd kill the basterd too!.
    alaynaon August 24, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentso the song is about you wildflower? tell me: how does it feel to be raped by your own father then blow his brains out with a .357 magum?
    turtonhoton May 03, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentno i wouldnt take it, but i was slightly cynically amused by wildflower's claim that it was about her...listening to the song paints a rather negative picture - considering it is about child abuse and the consequences of it. And how the hell am I harsh? I sincerely doubt that wildflower can relate to any of the (fictional) events portrayed in this song, although I do wholeheartedly apologise for my seriously derogatory comments if this happens to be the case...
    turtonhoton May 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentpoor janie...it's not my fav song however i think it got's an important message to ppl like...maybe ppl should listen more to each other so that some things can be avoidable. no?
    Aerobabeon June 21, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about a girl being sexually abused by her father and eventually killing him.

    I don't know if it's true, but I heard that this song was written by Steven Tyler in response to many survivors' groups getting angry at the video for the song Ragdoll.
    minttown1on July 29, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSeems like it's not entirely anti-gun here though. I mean, the gun did stop her from being abused.
    slagoniaon June 29, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA bit overplayed on the radio, but great nonetheless. It definitely is about child abuse, rape, but that's only the half of it. It's also about society pretending it doesn't happen, or feeling awkward about the situation, and then it blows up in their face. You hear in the news about some kid who kills his/her parents, and you don't know if the kid is a monster, or it was a 'Janie' situation. This is the kid's point of view, and now Janie is scared and running, and doesn't know who to turn to.
    Abq_physon March 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt is about the tragic reality of molestation of a child by her father. She gets a little older and realizes that she has had enough. Nobody would or does believe her. After all, he wears a tie to work. It shows this in the video...I think for a reason. Showing a "white collar" exec molesting his child proves that this happens in all circles of society. "Her dog days have just begun" means that she'll live the rest of her life dealing with the torture she lived through. The Ancient Greeks believed the "dog days" to be an evil time "when the seas boiled, wine turned sour, dogs grew mad, and all creatures became languid, causing man burning fevers, hysterics, and frenzies." Just because she killed him, does not mean it's over for her,as it has pushed her to the point of the "dog days."
    burgandymatchboxon May 11, 2008   Link

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