Two gunslingers, walked out in the street
And one said "I don't want to fight no more"
And the other gunslinger thought about it
And he said, "yeah what are we fighting for?"

I'm takin' control of my life
I'm takin' control of my life
I'm takin' control of my life now
Right now, oh yeah

Well the crowd that had gathered
For the gun fight were let down
Everyone hissed and booed
And a stranger told his Mrs.
That's the last one of these gunfights
You're ever gonna drag me to

I'm takin' control of my life
I'm takin' control of my life
I'm takin' control of my life now
Right now, oh yeah

Well the two gunslingers
Went ridin' out of town and
Were never heard from no more
And there ain't been a gun fight
For a long time, maybe never
But nobody knows for sure

And I'm takin' control of my life
I'm takin' control of my life
I'm takin' control of my life now
Right now, oh yeah
Now, right now
Oh yeah


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Two Gunslingers [Live at the Beacon Theatre, New York, NY, 5/25/13] Lyrics as written by Thomas Earl Petty

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    I can't beleive...well I can but it just shouldn't be...that no one else has posted on this song. Whatever.

    It's about how people are forced to do what they don't want and act like someone they aren't, just to be accepted or to avoid being looked down on--"That's the last one/of these gunfights/you're ever gonna drag me to/"

    It might let down other people but it's better for you as a person--"everyone hissed and booed" I think Petty means this as an allegory; the lines "And there ain't been a gunfight for a long time/maybe never, nobody knowd for sure"-it's lkike he's illustrating an example.

    Let me know of I'm wrong here.

    apettythiefon January 06, 2005   Link
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    Let me say that this is a really good song, and if you're a petty fan or not its worth a download. Great tune and great lyrics, and i think that apettythief really said what this song means.

    Adams2236on April 05, 2005   Link
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    Let me say that this is a really good song, and if you're a petty fan or not its worth a download. Great tune and great lyrics, and i think that apettythief really said what this song means.

    Adams2236on April 05, 2005   Link
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    This is a highly underrated Tom Petty song. I believe this song is about thinking for yourself and questioning things that you've never questioned before. Many people go through life like zombies without actually thinking about or questioning what they are doing. They do what they've always done and or what is expected of them. Sometimes change is difficult and it often displeases the masses. When just one person takes a stand for what he believes is right it often changes the course of history. This song is brilliant.

    JohnGalt23on April 03, 2013   Link

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