"Bang Bang Bang" as written by Desmond Dyer, Clive Kenneth Scott and Donavan L. Johnson....
What you go and do
You go and give the boy a gun
Now there ain't no place to run to
Ain't no place to run

When he hold it in his hand
He feel mighty he feel strong
Now there ain't no place to run to
Ain't no place to run

One day he may come back
Repay us for what we've done
Then where you gonna run to
Where you gonna run

But one fine day
All our problems will be solved
Bang bang bang
We'll shoot him down

Give him drugs and give him candy
Anything, oh to make him think he's happy
And he won't ever come for us
He won't ever come

But if he does
And if there's no one else around
Bang bang bang
We'll shoot him down

If he preys only on his neighbors
Brothers, sisters and friends
We'll consider it a favor
We'll consider justice done

But if he comes for you or me
And we can place a gun in his hand
Bang bang bang
We'll shoot him dead

What you go and do
You go and give the boy a gun
Now there ain't no place to run to
Ain't no place to run

Now we'll all be at his mercy
If he decides to hunt us down
'Cause there ain't no place to run to
Ain't no place to run

If he wants the chances that you took from him
Oh, and nothing that you own
Then there'll be no place to run to
There'll be no place to run

And if he finds himself to be
A reflection of us all
Bang bang bang
He'll shoot us down

Before you can raise your eyes to read
The writing on the wall
Bang bang bang
He'll shoot you down

Before you can bridge the gulf between
And embrace him in your arms
Bang bang bang
He'll shoot you down


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"Bang Bang Bang" as written by Desmond Dyer Clive Kenneth Scott

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  • +4
    My InterpretationWe create poverty. We sell an image of masculenity and strength. We keep the poor poor and give them drugs and alcohol to anesthetise (sp?) them. At the same time, we sell a "bad boy" image. People then give this man anything he wants to keep him happy so that he leaves them alone. If he still comes after them, they blame him for his lifestyle. They'll kill him and say that he desrved it.... "problem solved" - He is dead. If however, he only robs and murders other poor black people, others consider it a favor because its less for them to deal with. We force poverty on people and then wonder why they get violent. The cycle repeats itself, yet no one figures it out. In the meanwhile people are dying. Before we have learned to love and drop our prejudices, more violence happens. This is a song about classism, racism, and a never ending cycle of violence.
    chungjikon May 05, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt can't be just about gun control...Verses like "If he wants the chances that you took from him" ..won't make no sense, and Tracy Chapman's words ALWAYS make sense!!
    pr_llyon March 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    MemoryIt makes me think of how my parents mistreated me as a kid, but stopped once I learned to stand up to them. Now they buy me anything I want pretending like we get along. I spend all the money on drugs to hide from my anger, but it's not solving anything. In fact, even the handouts upset me now. I want off drugs, but what will happen when I no longer want anything they own? Will there be enough stones to throw?
    mouseman77on February 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningTo me, these lyrics are all about a powerful nation controlling a poor country by arming them on which ever pretext; Civil strife, overthrow of corrupt governments or protection against another powerful nation.
    Once this has been achieved however, this poor country finds its own way and comes back to bite you.
    IE: Afghanistan and the Taliban.
    polishwarrioron July 14, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about miseducation and how uncompassionate people can be
    cryptikdonon March 04, 2012   Link
  • -2
    General CommentTo me, this is simply about gun control. You give the troubled kid a chance to own a gun, or have access to a gun, and bad things will happen.
    that_sullen_girlon April 26, 2006   Link

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