"Gun-Shy" as written by Christopher Robert Bear, Daniel Raphael Rossen, Christopher M. Taylor and Edward Droste....
The sky keeps staring at me
Frozen in my tracks (Nothing else to see)
And when I move my face left
You're always standing there (A shadow I can't see)
And even then I can't trace
You're walking away

I put my ears to the ground
Always pushing down (Nothing I can hear)
I found the worst half in me
We're cut off at the knees (Can't even take a stand)
Against your words and beliefs
We didn't wanna freeze

(All of the years, leaving me here Gun-shy)
I don't want to say it all again (the pain, losing my aim)
Never seem to see (And why?)
Do I always feel it all the same
The blisters in my eyes (Recite)
A guide that has only led me stray
And even as I limp (you smile)

The cold keeps tearing at me
Slowing down my blood,(Unable to speak)
I left my mind long ago
Choosing some false (Always letting go)
And when I try to face you
You're walking away

(All of the years, leaving me here Gun-shy)
I don't want to say it all again (the pain, losing my aim)
Never seem to see
(And why?) Do I always feel it all the same
The blisters in my eyes
(Recite) A guide that has only led me stray
And even as I limp (you smile)


Lyrics submitted by mike, edited by Visnet, lemuel74, Mellow_Harsher, rowanl

"Gun-Shy" as written by Christopher Robert Bear Christopher M. Taylor

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  • +2
    My InterpretationTo me the lyrics describe someone who just can't figure out how to proceed with living because they run solely on misguided faith. He's depended on a guide be it friends, family, a lover, his ego, drugs or God that has only led him astray. Whatever the guide is, it is seemingly only existent for its own benefit as the singer always ends up being damaged somehow. And after trying so hard to follow the guide for so long, he's left after so many years no longer able to act on his own will(gun-shy). He is always looking for signs. Seeing the sky stare at him, putting his ears to the ground, but to no avail (Always pushing against the earth). He left his mind long ago and put on a fake persona to try to force himself to act. I am led to think this person believes in God even though he's only given glimpses of the truth and eventually led by them into tribulation. In the video, 3 of them are busy taking samples of their skin, blood and doing tests on their bodies. But one of them lays motionless until the very end when he's blowing out smoke.Then he is resurrected. Maybe a drug reference but I think it could be the expression "blowing smoke" as if he is really only trying to get pity out of us so as to continue his addiction to fear. And he feels alive again temporarily.
    doodooheadon March 20, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis song is difficult to decrypt

    He's too shy to ask someone out even though they are often together.
    Maybe it's about the friendzone.

    "And when I move my face left
    You're always standing there"
    ...
    "And when I try to face you
    You're walking away"
    TheX13on September 20, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correctionone small correction: towards the end, it's "choosing something false".

    i think this song is about loss of trust in others, in the world, in oneself...
    shiny thingson October 15, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy favourite song off Shields, instrumentally and lyrically awesome.
    jinling77on December 29, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis is my own inpretation, and I took a personal spin on it.
    I agree with everyone's opinion on it being about the singer losing his faith in the world, but for me, the singer lost it because of a particular person. This person is the "guide that has only led me astray." To me, the singer is dependent on this person and relies on their vision of the world as reality. However, this "guide" doesn't have the best intentions for the singer, and he starts to realize this, causing the vision that the "guide" implemented into his mind, to deteriorate. The song is about the destruction of this world he believed in when he discovers the person doesn't have the best intentions after all.
    The singer puts his "ears to the ground" and "the sky stares at him," yet he can't seem to see, hear, or speak. He's frozen in time, in shock, because he doesn't have his own opinion on the world. After all, he's "gun-shy," like a dog that avoids danger.
    He tries to confront the "guide":
    "And when I try to face you
    You're walking away"
    And,
    "We're cut off at the knees (Can't even take a stand)"
    Yet, the "guide" continues to watch him from a distance: "You're always standing there (A shadow I can't see)"
    The chorus reveals the deep meaning of the song, describes the ignorance the singer experienced, but leaves us with a haunting last line:
    "And even as I limp (You smile)"
    Meaning that the "guide" knows how much pain and confusion they are causing, but enjoys every bit of it.
    moonrisearton January 09, 2017   Link
  • -3
    General CommentLOL "When I try to face you, you're walking away." Man, words hold such strange meanings. I wonder if the singer TRULY believes the sh*t he spouts. So much for book smart. It obviously ain't what it used to be...
    cumonbabylitemyfireon December 30, 2012   Link

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