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Giving up the Gun
Vampire Weekend Lyrics


Your sword's grown old and rusty
Burnt beneath the rising sun
It's locked up like a trophy
Forgetting all the things it's done
And though it's been a long time
You're right back where you started from
I see it in your eyes
That now you're giving up the gun

When I was seventeen, I had wrists like steel
And I felt complete
And now my body fades behind a brass charade
And I'm obsolete
But if the chance remained to see those better days
I'd cut the cannons down
My ears are blown to bits from all the rifle hits
But I still crave that sound

Your sword's grown old and rusty
Burnt beneath the rising sun
It's locked up like a trophy
Forgetting all the things it's done
And though it's been a long time
You're right back where you started from
I see it in your eyes
That now you're giving up the gun

I heard you play guitar down at a seedy bar
Where skinheads used to fight
Your Tokugawa smile and your garbage style
Used to save the night
You felt the coming wave, told me we'd all be brave
You said you wouldn't flinch
But in the years that passed, since I saw you last
You haven't moved an inch

Your sword's grown old and rusty
Burnt beneath the rising sun
It's locked up like a trophy
Forgetting all the things it's done
And though it's been a long time
You're right back where you started from
I see it in your eyes
That now you're giving up the gun

I see you shine in your way
Go on, go on, go on
I see you shine in your way
Go on, go on, go on
I see you shine in your way
Go on, go on, go on
I see you shine in your way
Go on, go on, go on
I see you shine in your way
Go on, go on, go on
I see you shine in your way
Go on, go on, go on
(I see you shine in your way
Go on, go on, go on
I see you shine in your way
Go on, go on, go on)

Your sword's grown old and rusty
Burnt beneath the rising sun
It's locked up like a trophy
Forgetting all the things it's done
And though it's been a long time
You're right back where you started from
I see it in your eyes
That now you're giving up the gun

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Christopher Joseph Baio, Christopher William Tomson, Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

Anja

That would be so wonderful.
Not even in technology.
Im a farmersdaughter and my grandparents, didnt have the good animal care and rules that my parents had, but they mostly used and killed the meat/pigs for Themselves.
Nowadays we send hundreds of pigs away, just for the luxurus living most people want.
My father sits more on the computer, than he is working with our animals.
I think animal lost their worth in this generations.
There was much more work behind them in 1950s.
Makes me sad that in this time farms are more company than a home .
If your not big enough, you wont have anything. That is why farms get bigger and bigger or they give up.
And that is just awful, to loose what your parents/ grandparents created. To loose your home, your destiny



Oceanographer Radio

Your sword's grown old and rusty
Underneath the rising sun
It's locked up like a trophy
Forgetting all the things it's done
And though its been a long time
You’re right back where you started from
I see it in your eyes
Now you’re giving up the gun

When I was 17
I had wrists like steel
And I felt complete
And now my body fades
Behind my brass charade
And I’m obsolete
But if the chance remains
To see those better days
I go to cannons now
My ears are blown to bits
From all the rifle hits
Still I crave that sound

Your sword's grown old and rusty
Underneath the rising sun
It's locked up like a trophy
Forgetting all the things it's done
And though its been a long time
You’re right back where you started from
I see it in your eyes
Now you’re giving up the gun

I heard you play guitar
Down at a seedy bar
Where skinheads used to fight
Your Tokugawa smile
And your garbage style
Used to save the night
You felt the coming wave
Told me we'd all be brave
You said you wouldn’t flinch
But in the years that passed
Since I saw you last
You haven’t moved an inch

Your sword's grown old and rusty
Underneath the rising sun
It's locked up like a trophy
Forgetting all the things it's done
And though its been a long time
You’re right back where you started from
I see it in your eyes
Now you’re giving up the gun
I see you shining your way
Go on go on go on



All comments from YouTube:

Jenna Here

I'm a simple woman, I see Jake Gyllenhaal, I click

Jackson Walter

I like your profile picture of our President.

Bilbo Swagginz

same... apart from being a woman...

Ken Clarke

I'm a simple man, I clicked to see if it was Jake Gyllenhaal or Casey Frey

KamikazeBoy

Jenna Here who cares Jake Gyllenhal, i came for Snopp Dog xd

Leah Monday

Love you, Jake!
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Abhay Kaushik

Koenig explained to NME February 16, 2010:

“I got the idea for the song from a book my Dad gave me called Giving Up The Gun. It’s a history book about the time when Japan expelled all the foreigners from the country, closed off all trade, and stopped using guns and reverted back to the sword. It seems unimaginable now that humanity could willingly go back to an older technology. It got me thinking about whether you could give up the things that you have and go back to a simpler way of life.”

MazTecGT

After listening I looked it up to find the origins because the lyrics were poignant to what I was going through when I left the British army and tried to start a family, turns out its quite hard to give up the gun and the lifestyle

sofrshsocln4

@Anja 😥 and your family's wealth. Renewable wealth for generations that ppl take for granted

Clow

This is interesting. I always thought this song was about self pleasure... Like wrists of steel? Kind of glad to read your explanation, it makes the song have a much deeper, interesting meaning!

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