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The Glorious Sons Lyrics


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Mother, I don't wanna take my medicine
24 years in the gutter again, I'm losing it
I'm losing it

Everybody's acting like they're all alright
I can barely get myself to sleep at night, I'm sick of it
Yeah, I'm sick of it

Yeah, they sent the taxman
I lost my job, and
You got hooked on oxycodone
They shut the lights off
They took the car, and
I bought a sawed-off shotgun
Yeah, they sent the taxman
I lost my job, and
You got hooked on oxycodone
They shut the lights off
They took the car, and
I bought a sawed-off shotgun

I'd rather be crazy than to take these pills
I'm sick of being okay against my will
I'm losing it, I'm losing it

Ain't a thing in this world that I'm gonna miss
It's all fake smiles and leather jackets
We're full of it, yeah we're full of shit

I don't know who to trust

Yeah, they sent the taxman
I lost my job, and
You got hooked on oxycodone
They shut the lights off
They took the car, and
I bought a sawed-off shotgun
Yeah, they sent the taxman
I lost my job, and
You got hooked on oxycodone
They shut the lights off
They took the car, and
I bought a sawed-off shotgun

I'm losing it
I bought a sawed-off shotgun
I'm losing it
I bought a sawed-off shotgun

I don't know who to trust
Maybe people like us

Yeah, they sent the taxman
I lost my job, and
You got hooked on oxycodone
They shut the lights off
They took the car, and
I bought a sawed-off shotgun
Yeah, they sent the taxman
I lost my job, and
You got hooked on oxycodone
They shut the lights off
They took the car, and
I bought a sawed-off shotgun

Yeah, they sent the taxman
I lost my job, and
You got hooked on oxycodone
They shut the lights off
They took the car, and
I bought a sawed-off shotgun

Overall Meaning

The song Sawed Off Shotgun by The Glorious Sons is a gritty and powerful reflection on the struggles of life. The opening lines “Mother, I don't wanna take my medicine, 24 years in the gutter again, I'm losing it, I'm losing it” convey a sense of hopelessness and desperation that runs through the entire song. The singer is questioning the usefulness of his medication and feels like he has hit rock bottom.


The lyrics then move to the troubles of those around him, “Yeah, they sent the taxman, I lost my job, and You got hooked on oxycodone, They shut the lights off, They took the car, and I bought a sawed-off shotgun”. The singer is surrounded by people struggling to cope, and the only way he knows how to react is to buy a weapon. The chorus of “I'm losing it, I bought a sawed-off shotgun” repeats the sense of despair in the face of a world that seems to be getting worse.


As the song progresses, the lyrics become more nihilistic, “Ain't a thing in this world that I'm gonna miss, It's all fake smiles and leather jackets, We're full of it, yeah, we're full of shit”. The singer is rejecting the idea of a happy and fulfilling life and sees everything as a sham. The repeated lines of “Yeah, they sent the taxman, I lost my job, and You got hooked on oxycodone, They shut the lights off, They took the car, and I bought a sawed-off shotgun” drive home the sense of hopelessness and desperation that is at the heart of this song.


Line by Line Meaning

Mother, I don't wanna take my medicine
The speaker doesn't want to continue taking prescribed medication for mental illness.


24 years in the gutter again, I'm losing it
The speaker has had a long history of struggling with mental health issues and feels like they're reaching a breaking point.


Everybody's acting like they're all alright
The speaker is tired of seeing people put on a façade of happiness when in reality, they're struggling too.


I can barely get myself to sleep at night, I'm sick of it
The speaker has trouble sleeping due to their mental distress and is tired of living this way.


Yeah, they sent the taxman
The speaker is experiencing financial trouble and owes taxes.


I lost my job, and
The speaker is also unemployed, adding to their financial strain.


You got hooked on oxycodone
Someone close to the speaker has become addicted to painkillers.


They shut the lights off
The speaker is experiencing utility shut-offs due to the inability to pay bills.


They took the car, and
The speaker's car has been repossessed due to missed payments.


I bought a sawed-off shotgun
The speaker has turned to violence as a means of coping with their problems.


I'd rather be crazy than to take these pills
The speaker feels that mental illness is less stigmatizing than taking medication for it.


I'm sick of being okay against my will
The speaker is tired of trying to force themselves to be mentally stable when they are not.


Ain't a thing in this world that I'm gonna miss
The speaker feels like there is nothing worthwhile in the world, and they wouldn't care if they lost everything.


It's all fake smiles and leather jackets
The speaker is cynical about the world and perceives people as being inauthentic.


We're full of it, yeah we're full of shit
The speaker thinks that everyone is dishonest and has a façade of happiness that belies their true feelings.


I don't know who to trust
The speaker doesn't feel like they can rely on anyone for support.


Maybe people like us
The speaker is suggesting that only others who are struggling like they are can truly understand their pain.


I'm losing it
The speaker is reaching a mental breaking point.


I bought a sawed-off shotgun
The speaker has turned to violence as a means of coping with their problems.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Adam Paquette, Brett Emmons, Chris Huot, Chris Koster, Frederik Thaae, Jay Emmons, Ryan Spraker, Tom Peyton

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Comments from YouTube:

Gabby Denay

This is the last song I got to hear my dad sing at the top of his lungs while fishing in the middle of South Padre Island, TX. Shortly I lost him to Cancer... RIP dad , I miss you and now I sing this song at top of my lungs every chance I get.

Marceline Van Sickle

I'm so sorry you lost your dad. May you forever keep that amazing memory, and yes.... sing your lungs out everytime this is on!!! Sending love ♡

guitarrowhead mv

You're dad sounds like he was awesome! Sorry for your loss, its weird losing parents. That's a great memory tho, total badassery. Happy Holidays to you and yours :)

Enzio Jones

😥

Jennifer Hill

♡ my moms last song was starry night. I'll sing this one for him and her. She would have loved this song. I lost her to colon cancer 10/4/2014 my deepest sympathy for your loss.

Thomas Slaza

I'm truly sorry for your loss. Your dad sounds like he was an amazing man! May he rest in peace and may he forever reside in your soul!

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taylortime

my dad loved this song and he passed away last year. i actually never heard it till my mom showed me it recently, then i heard it on my radio station for the first time and i can't stop listening. i know my dad wanted me to hear it. good luck to all of you. please stay strong and rock on

FlowerPowerRockGirl 3333

Hello tailor time.. I am so soo sorry for you, that your dad passed over.. 🙏😢😭. I am crying because I fear to lose my parents, when they are gone, I have no one again. Thanks a lot for your peaceful wishing, I whish the same to you. 🤗. 100procent power and keep on rocking 💪🤘☺️💯. Greetings from Germany. By the way... This song is my favorite.. 😊

Emily Hamilton

I'm so sorry about your dad Taylor, and thank you for encouragement 🤘

Emily Hamilton

@FlowerPowerRockGirl 3333 I feel THE EXACT SAME. 💓

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