The Gunsling
Black Veil Brides Lyrics


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When sun sets dusk and streets are cleared, this town's renegade is near.
Standing tall, awaiting host...what's it like to see a ghost?
Both outlaws equal, yes indeed, a one shot rhythm to the gunsling...so long my sweet.
Bye Bye.

Standin' alone in soot and stone...he draws from his holster, a man.
Crawlin' alone through the soot and stone...he makes his way home half to death.
He clenched his fists and said a prayer for every breath of dusty air.
He fires loud; The end is close...what's it like to be a ghost?
Both outlaws equal, yes indeed, a one shot rhythm to the gunsling...so long my sweet.


I hear these voices calling,
"take your life"
I cannot take this lying down

NO!

Standin' alone through the soot and stone...he draws from his holster, a man.
Crawlin' alone through the soot and stone...he makes his way home half to death.

In time...
In vain...
I wash my hands of yesterday
If I should fall...
If I should pass...
It's worth one last stand before the gates of hell

(Before the gates of hell)

I hear these voices calling,
"take your life"
I cannot take this lying down

Standin' alone through the soot and stone...he draws from his holster, a man.
Crawlin' alone through the soot and stone...he makes his way home half to death.

In time...
In vain...
I wash my hands of yesterday
If I should fall...




If I should pass...
It's worth one last stand before the gates of hell

Overall Meaning

"The Gunsling" by Black Veil Brides is a song about a renegade in a small town who is always on the run, always one step ahead of the law. The song takes us on a journey through the outlaw's life, from the moment he stands tall and awaits his host, to the final showdown where he draws his gun and fires in a last stand before the gates of hell. The lyrics convey a sense of desperation and recklessness, as the gunslinger confesses his fear of death and his willingness to risk it all for one last shot at redemption.


The song's chorus, "what's it like to see a ghost?" is a haunting reminder of the gunslinger's own mortality, as he faces down his enemies and confronts his own mortality. The line "I hear these voices calling, 'take your life'" adds a dark edge to the song, as the gunslinger struggles with his own demons and fights to maintain control over his life.


The overall theme of the song is one of redemption and sacrifice, as the gunslinger takes a stand against his enemies and faces his own mortality. The lyrics are filled with vivid imagery, from the "soot and stone" of the town's deserted streets to the "dusty air" that fills the outlaw's lungs. The song is a powerful portrayal of the human spirit, and the lengths we will go to in order to find meaning and purpose in our lives.


Line by Line Meaning

When sun sets dusk and streets are cleared, this town's renegade is near.
As the day turns to night and the streets empty out, the rebel of this town is about to make an appearance.


Standing tall, awaiting host...what's it like to see a ghost?
Standing confidently, waiting for his opponent...will they be terrified when they face him?


Both outlaws equal, yes indeed, a one shot rhythm to the gunsling...so long my sweet.
Both outlaws are evenly matched in skill, and it will only take one shot to determine the winner...goodbye my love.


He clenched his fists and said a prayer for every breath of dusty air.
He tightened his fists and prayed for every breath of dirty air he took in.


He fires loud; The end is close...what's it like to be a ghost?
He shoots his gun loudly, indicating that the end is near...what is it like to be dead?


I hear these voices calling, "take your life" I cannot take this lying down NO!
I hear these voices urging me to end my life, but I refuse to give up without a fight!


In time... In vain... I wash my hands of yesterday If I should fall... If I should pass... It's worth one last stand before the gates of hell (Before the gates of hell)
As time passes fruitlessly, I let go of the past. If I were to die, it would be worth taking one last stand before facing the afterlife.


Standin' alone through the soot and stone...he draws from his holster, a man.
Standing alone in the debris of the environment, he prepares to draw his gun like a true warrior.


Crawlin' alone through the soot and stone...he makes his way home half to death.
Struggling alone through the charred ruins, he barely makes it back to his home alive.




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Peyton Lozada

I think it would be awesome if they did a remastered version of this, this is one of my fav songs by them so it would be cool to hear a new version of it with bands new/evolved sound

Ruby Rose

I appreciate and love everybody in this band!!! they are amazing!!!

Nico Nebel

@Ruby Rose awesome!

Ruby Rose

@Nico Nebel absolutely I do ^^ I saw them in concert 2 months ago

Nico Nebel

Hey Ruby, still listen to BVB?

Olivia miw

@Jane The Killer me 2

Spooky Jim Fakemas

I'm pretty sure it's bad how obsessed I am with fetus Andy's voice

WitchyLad

Nah, fetus Andy sounds awesome

OhGentlemanJack

I love Andy, but I also love the rest of the band. I have to say that Jake is my favourite guitarist. But my pet hate is when there's a magazine with an interview with "Black Veil Brides" when it's actually just Andy. It should be an interview with Andy from Black Veil Brides. He's the frontman, not the band.

mary lee

Oh, yes. It's like that fangirls who're always crying "Andy, andy, andy!", but are never noticing that there more people in the band.

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