41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots

41 shots, and we'll take that ride
Across this bloody river to the other side
41 shots, they cut through the night
You're kneeling over his body in the vestibule
Praying for his life

Is it a gun?
Is it a knife?
Is it a wallet?
This is your life
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)
Ain't no secret my friend
You can get killed just for living in your American skin

41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots

41 shots, Lena gets her son ready for school
She says now on these streets Charles
You got to understand the rules
Promise me if an officer stops you'll always be polite
Never ever run away and promise mama you'll keep your hands in sight

Cause is it a gun?
Is it a knife?
Is it a wallet?
This is your life
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)
No secret my friend
You can get killed just for living in your American skin

41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots

Is it a gun?
Is it a knife?
Is it a wallet?
This is your life
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)

41 shots and we'll take that ride
Across this bloody river to the other side
41 shots my boots caked in mud
We're baptized in these waters and in each other's blood

Is it a gun?
Is it a knife?
Is it a wallet?
This is your life
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)
It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)
No secret my friend
You can get killed just for living in
You can get killed just for living in
You can get killed just for living in
Your American skin

41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
41 shots
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American Skin (41 Shots) song meanings
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    General CommentPdm's interpretation is ridiculous to a point that makes me feel a little bad for him. This song has nothing to do with America exporting a violent pop culture. In fact, that isn't even remotely implied by the lyrics.

    Beyond the sorely lacking ability to understand art, PDM's idea that America somehow forces this violent culture on the rest of the world and needed to be put in check by Islamic fundamentalist terrorists, of all people, borders on insane.
    z4ckm0rrison July 15, 2007   Link

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