"Happiness Is a Warm Gun" as written by John Winston Lennon and Paul James Mccartney....
She's not a girl who misses much
Do do do do do do, oh yeah

She's well acquainted with the touch of the velvet hand like a lizard on a window pane.

The man in the crowd with the multi-colored mirrors on his hobnail boots.

Lying with his eyes while his hands are busy working overtime.

A soap impression of his wife which he ate and donated to the National Trust.

I need a fix 'cause I'm going down
Down to the bits that I left uptown
I need a fix 'cause I'm going down

Mother Superior jump the gun
Mother Superior jump the gun
Mother Superior jump the gun
Mother Superior jump the gun

Happiness is a warm gun (bang bang shoot shoot)
Happiness is a warm gun, mama (bang bang shoot shoot)
When I hold you in my arms (oh, yeah)
And I feel my finger on your trigger (oh, yeah)
I know nobody can do me no harm (oh, yeah)
Because, (happiness) is a warm gun, mama (bang bang shoot shoot)
Happiness is a warm gun, yes it is (bang bang shoot shoot)

Happiness is a warm, yes it is, gun
Happiness (bang bang shoot shoot)

Well don't you know that happiness (happiness) is a warm gun, (is a warm gun, yeah).


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"Happiness Is a Warm Gun" as written by John Winston Lennon, Paul James Mccartney

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  • +5
    General CommentThis is the MOST CLEVER pop song ever and you're all wrong on its meaning. The song is about a woman who learns her man is cheating on her and decides to shoot him (Happiness is getting revenge on your cheating husband by shooting him). The song begins: "She’s not a girl who misses much.
    Do do do do do do do do
    She’s well acquainted with the touch of the velvet hand
    Like a lizard on a window pane." She's observant and when someone tries to conceal something she notices (You would wear velvet gloves to prevent stains and therefore prevent someone from detecting you). The next lines follow: Lying with his eyes while his hands are busy
    Working overtime
    A soap impression of his wife which he ate
    And donated to the National Trust.
    Lying with your eyes indicates infidelity while his eyes desperately try to conceal the truth, the soap impression means that he didn't have high regard for his wifes intelligence, he figured he could commit sexual infidelity and she'd never notice because she trusts him too much. Mother Superior jump the gun simply means Mother Superior (a nickname for the lady) pulled the trigger and shot him. Then comes the brilliant twist, happiness is getting back at the unfaithful man.
    DirtyDanon June 18, 2003   Link
  • +4
    General Commentthe whole song is a metaphor for drug use. "when i hold you in my arms and feel my finger on your trigger" is a reference to shooting heroin.
    spinningmisfiton July 09, 2002   Link
  • +4
    Song MeaningAccording to Lennon, the title came from the cover of a gun magazine that producer George Martin showed him: "I think he showed me a cover of a magazine that said 'Happiness Is a Warm Gun.' It was a gun magazine. I just thought it was a fantastic, insane thing to say. A warm gun means you just shot something."[1] The reference, whether or not intermediately from the magazine, was one of many 1960s riffs on Charles M. Schulz's culturally popular saying, Happiness is a Warm Puppy, which began in the Peanuts comic strip and became a widely sold book.
    lolguy23on May 13, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI believe this song is about heroin addiction. "she’s not a girl who misses much." describes the attitude of a heroin user who is relatively content with her new lifestyle. "She's well acquainted with the touch of the velvet hand" is saying she is familiar with the high heroin produces, comparing the calming feel of the drug with being rubbed by a velvet hand. "like a lizard on a window pane" If you think about what is taking place when a lizard is on a window pane it is not hard to connect it again with opiates. Just think of an animal blocked from the natural world by a window, the outside world is visible but the animal (or heroin user) is disconnected to it. "the man in the crowd with the multicolored mirrors on his hobnail boots." describes a person who could possibly go undetected amongst a crowd but upon closer inspect would obviously be considered odd, someone who is different, a heroin addict. "lying with his eyes while his hands are busy working overtime" says that this addict is trying to conceal his drug habits while he is busy pursuing them. "a soap impression of his wife which ate and donate to the National Trust" refers to the corruption of his once clean lover who he consumed (turned her into an addict) and changed into something disgusting (turn her into trash and flushed her down the toilet: donating to the National trust) "I need a fix cause I'm going down, down to the bits I left uptown. I need a fix cause I'm going down" is saying: I need to use heroin because I'm coming down, and going through withdrawals, the lack of drugs is ripping him apart, and the uptown reference could be referring to a particular spot in which drugs are purchased, saying, I need some more heroin because I'm hurting from withdrawals, so I need to go uptown, the place I always go to get heroin. The next set of lyrics uses “gun” to represent a needle. "Mother superior's jump the gun" is talking about a woman preparing a shot of heroin.

    "happiness is a warm gun" A needle+Heroin(which is usually heated prior to use) = happiness. The next line could be about a heroin addict singing to the needle "when I hold you in my arms" can be interpreted as when I've got the needle in my arm, "and I feel my finger on your trigger" and I feel my finger on the plunger (the part of the needle you need to push to inject the heroin) "I know nobody can do me no harm because happiness is a warm gun" the drug user knows that he's about to get high and therefore won't care about anybody or anything else. “Bang, Bang shoot, shoot” are slang terms for shooting heroin.

    And of course this is just my opinion, so, obviously it’s 100% accurate and everyone else is totally wrong….
    kopaarwes09on October 02, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentFirst, John's the one who screams. Second, the title was the title of an article on a gun magazine John saw. Look for a great book called "Beatlesongs" by William J. Dolwdling. It has EVERYTHING!
    Bite Meon May 09, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentDefinite sexual innuendo.
    chelzadoron June 04, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentits about shooting up. a warm gun is a referance to the needle(you heat the heroin up, then inject it) so all they were saying is that they were happy when they did heroin
    oidimedon April 28, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIdk, I just hear references to heroin when I hear this song.
    Gun referencing to a needle, shooting up, how you feel when you're on heroin, even the first line,
    " She's not a girl who misses much"
    Peony Starron October 24, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHey, is it *always* just about sex and drugs? Come on, give the Beatles more credit. Their songs became ever more philosophical. I know their stuff can be interpreted in many different ways - part of what makes them great - but I think this song has a philosophical slant.
    It's a parody of typical love songs (i.e. "when i hold you in my arms") and it refers to the pleasure some people take in violence ("happiness is a warm gun"). The message here is about human nature and the disturbing way that we embrace violence rather than peace.

    But I admit he "I need a fix 'cause I'm going down" line sounds like drugs, haha.
    graphicnovelon November 16, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe title of this song comes word for word from an advertisement John Lennon saw in a local paper. It's a little ironic that he wrote this song given the circumstances of his death. By the way, can anyone tell me what the line "A soap impression of his wife which he ate And donated to the National Trust. " means?
    Ferthukoon January 28, 2002   Link

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