"Gun" as written by and Jay Farrar Jeff Tweedy....
Falling out the window
Tripping on a wrinkle in the rugfalling out of love, dear
It hurt much worse when you gave up

Just don't tell me which way I oughta run
Or what good I could do anyone
'Cause my heart it was a gun
But it's unloaded now
So don't bother

Climbing up the ladder
Breaking my shin on the very first rung
Waking up the neighbors
It's all right,they understand they're just as dumb

And they don't tell me which way I oughta run
Or what good I could do anyone
'Cause my heart it was a gun
But it's unloaded now
So don't bother me now
Don't bother

Crawling back to you now
I sold my guitar to the girl next door
She asked me if I knew how
I told her I don't think so anymore

Don't tell me which way I oughta run
What good could I do anyone
'Cause my heart it was a gun
But it's unloaded now
So don't bother


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"Gun" as written by Jay Farrar Jeff Tweedy

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    General Commentpossibly a reference to the replacements bastards of young?
    "God, what a mess, on the ladder of success
    Where you take one step and miss the whole first rung"
    killrockstarzon June 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commentnever thought of that - could just be a coincidence? eh - i'm sure they'd heard of the replacements by that point. nice catch there
    station820on July 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentJeff Tweedy is a big fan of the Replacements; he even does a cover of Color Me Impressed.
    madvertisementon November 02, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"I sold my guitar to the girl next door
    She asked me if I knew how
    I told her I don't think so anymore"

    i always liked that line. kind of a double meaning.
    driftwouldon February 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentTweedy's first foray into writing a REAL rock song about real things. He originally wasnt the strongest songwriter on the block
    Kind of a coming out expression that threatened Jay a little. Up until here it was clear that Farrar was the writer of the meaningful songs whereas Tweedy wrote decent, yet, fairly unspectacular songs. Its is very Westerberg like actually in the way a an unsure individual is questioning what the things that he is doing and why bother because its going to backfire on him anyways.
    Never seen Wilco do this in concert and they have done it often in the past. Less unlikely with each passing year unfortunately.
    PappyHabon May 25, 2011   Link
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    General CommentAnother possible musical allusion - Bob Dylan's "Romance in Durango."

    Sold my guitar to the baker's son
    For a few crumbs and a place to hide,
    MamboManon January 11, 2012   Link

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