Up on my side, where it is felt
I pack a little pistol on my pistol belt
I think it might be fear
Of the world and the way it makes you feel afraid

Under the skin, against the skull
They put a little chip so that they know it all
I think I might be scared
Of the world and the way it makes you feel afraid
And how it gets in the way

And now I want brimstone in my garden
I want roses set on fire
And I, well I want what's best for me
And I, I think I know just what that means
Just what that means

Today I coo, today I caw
I have a pistol party and I kill 'em all
I think I might be scared
Of the man and the men with their hands inside
And the women, oh, the women all they do is cry
And I, well I lose my mind

And now I found brimstone in my garden
I found roses set on fire
And I found Jesus, what a liar
So I trade licks with Muddy Waters

And I, well I found what's best for me
And now I see no tragedy
And I, I found a burning rose
And now I won't be packing little pistols
No, no, no more


Lyrics submitted by catandmouse, edited by Faradei, SIlverNGold

Little Pistol Lyrics as written by Ryan Guldemond

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  • +2
    My Interpretationwell, i think the song is about world and the corruption, like, roses represent the good people and the people are "burning" them
    how people try to control others (Under the skin
    Against the skull
    They put a little chip so that they know it all
    I think I might be scared) and how they criticate others
    and i also think that the part "And I found jesus
    What a liar
    Now I trade licks with
    Muddy Waters"
    is about loosing the religion AND start insulting others religions

    is just my interpretation(also sorry for my english
    i don't speak english so...)
    dani144747on March 09, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think this song is about how fear changes people, and turns them cruel. I believe it also talks about how religion circulates and uses fear, and that they are trying to escape their religion, but feel fear too.
    glit_chon March 16, 2018   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationPersonally, I feel like this song is a message about abuse and the mental illness that comes along with it. As a victim of abuse, that's how I view it anyway. The person who sings this song is a victim of childhood/domestic abuse and is untrusting of the world. They destroy all their relationships because they guard themselves with their 'Little Pistol' (a metaphor for mental illness/PTSD?) handed on to them from their parent or partner. They continue on in life on guard and paranoid, ruining relationships with their pistol. The loud parts of the song is their mind, and them trying to come to terms. At the end lyrics, they find a 'burning rose' (a person/family they can be with and trust) and they won't be packing 'little pistols' (defense mechanisms.). Beautiful song.
    haley10250on February 01, 2019   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIt seems like the character has been turned.. evil from fear of the world? "I think it might be fear". "and now I want".. chaos, basically. Then the character went and killed some people, did the things that were "best for" them, and found the chaos they wanted in their garden. They found what was best for them (evil) and saw no tragedy because the fear of the crazy world made them lose their mind.
    AnnaBanaon June 25, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe singer is scared about the world and all the evil there's outside the door, and that they would even get violent to protect themselves (using a "little pistol").
    The brimstone and fire (on the roses) may represent god's fury, and they say they found Jesus, a liar, which may mean that they were christian, but they are starting to rethink their religion and trying to make God angry.
    At the end of the song, they finally find what they wanted, and what was best for them, so that they don't need to harm others anymore to feel safe.
    Hayuon February 27, 2018   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationLike others have said before, I believe it's about fear. How it can twist you into something you never thought you would be, but theres no going back once you have gone too deep... When you fear, you lose control, so it's only natural to want that control back, which can spiral quickly out of hand. Within a few years you could be a completely different person. From pure, being scared, to being the one scaring others.

    You think you are doing whats "best for you" but you are only digging yourself a bigger hole, the deeper it is, the harder it is to come back.

    Theres two types of people who have control: the ones that had it and have grown so used to it that they don't want to lose it, at almost any cost, and those that feared and fought for control they have.
    emily10661on October 13, 2021   Link

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