Gun Slingers
Mighty Sparrow Lyrics


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Sparrow selling guns nowadays,
That's what really pays
Sparrow selling guns nowadays,
That's what really pays
Nearly every young man is a gun slinger
With his razor and his steel knuckle on his finger
Don't mind they dress in suit and bow tie
All of them looking for guns to buy

We young and strong
We ain't 'fraid a soul in town
Who think they bad
To meet them we more than glad
We got we gun
And partner, we ain't making fun
So if you smart clear the way
Or if you think you bad make you play

(We young and strong
We ain't 'fraid a soul in town
Who think they bad
To meet them we more than glad
We got we gun
And partner, we ain't making fun
So if you smart clear the way
Or if you think you bad make you play)

If you don't believe me
Wait and you will see
They coming down by the crates
From quite in the States
Ah have me contacts way they come from
Ah have me contacts in the Custom
Ah have more contacts than I could tell
Now I want to contact a place to sell

Because
We young and strong
We ain't 'fraid a soul in town
Who think they bad
To meet them we more than glad
We got we gun
And partner, we ain't making fun
So if you smart clear the way
Or if you think you bad make you play

When you catch gun fever
You two hands do start to shiver
This time you ready to attack
Like Audie Murphy in "To Hell and Back"
If you see a man ain't afraid to get kill
Is to give him a one way ticket to boot hill
Just get a couple of your friends
Swear him 'way you did it in self defence

Because
We young and strong
We ain't 'fraid a soul in town
Who think they bad
To meet them we more than glad
We got we gun
And partner, we ain't making fun
So if you smart clear the way
Or if you think you bad make you play

Save your cash, save your cash
Ah selling razor, ah selling cutlash
Sledge hammer, hatchet, even saw
Any kind of weapon that's good for war
Ah done get me licence ever since
Now ah only waiting for violence
Come and buy from me, don't be afraid
Ah selling from cannon to razor blades.

Because
I young and strong
I ain't 'fraid a soul in town
Who think they bad
To meet them I'm more than glad
I got me gun
And partner, I ain't making fun
So if you smart clear the way
Or if you think you bad make you play

(We young and strong
We ain't 'fraid a soul in town
Who think they bad
To meet them we more than glad
We got we gun
And partner, we ain't making fun




So if you smart clear the way
Or if you think you bad make you play)

Overall Meaning

The song "Gun Slingers" by Mighty Sparrow portrays the reality of gun violence in the society. Sparrow sings about how selling guns has become a lucrative business for him. He notes that the young men in town are all gun slingers, and they are not afraid of anything or anyone in the town. They all carry deadly weapons such as razors, steel knuckles, and guns. Sparrow warns anyone who thinks they are bad to either clear the way or face their wrath. The lyrics indicate how gun violence can have detrimental effects on society, instilling fear and chaos.


Sparrow describes how in this violent environment, people's hands tremble with gun fever. He compares the attackers to Audie Murphy in the movie "To Hell and Back," in which an American soldier single-handedly destroys German tanks with his deadly actions. The lyrics suggest that the fear of getting killed can lead someone to defend themselves and take the life of another person. Sparrow's emphasis is on the damage done by guns and how they instill fear and create a hostile environment.


Line by Line Meaning

Sparrow selling guns nowadays,
Mighty Sparrow is currently making a living as a gun dealer


That's what really pays
He finds the sale of guns to be highly lucrative


Nearly every young man is a gun slinger
A lot of young men have resorted to carrying guns


With his razor and his steel knuckle on his finger
These young men carry weapons like razors and brass knuckles


Don't mind they dress in suit and bow tie
Their appearance might deceive you as they may dress formally


All of them looking for guns to buy
These young men are actively seeking to buy guns


We young and strong
The gun-toting young men are confident and able-bodied


We ain't 'fraid a soul in town
They are fearless and unafraid of anyone in their community


Who think they bad
They are not intimidated by those who consider themselves tough


To meet them we more than glad
They are eager to confront anyone who challenges them


We got we gun
They are well-armed with guns


And partner, we ain't making fun
They are not joking or playing around


So if you smart clear the way
They advise others to steer clear of them


Or if you think you bad make you play
If someone thinks they are tough, they are welcome to try to prove it


If you don't believe me
Mighty Sparrow's claim of selling guns may be doubted


Wait and you will see
However, he is confident that people will soon witness the influx of guns


They coming down by the crates
Guns are arriving in large quantities


From quite in the States
They are imported from the United States


Ah have me contacts way they come from
Mighty Sparrow has connections who import the guns


Ah have me contacts in the Custom
He also has connections in customs


Ah have more contacts than I could tell
He has a lot of contacts for importing guns


Now I want to contact a place to sell
He needs to find a place to sell the guns


When you catch gun fever
Once one becomes obsessed with guns


You two hands do start to shiver
Their hands begin to shake in excitement


This time you ready to attack
They are now emotionally and mentally prepared to use the gun


Like Audie Murphy in "To Hell and Back"
They feel invincible and heroic like a war hero


If you see a man ain't afraid to get kill
If someone appears to be unafraid of dying


Is to give him a one way ticket to boot hill
They will kill that person


Just get a couple of your friends
They might involve their friends in a killing


Swear him 'way you did it in self defence
They will falsely testify that the killing was in self-defense


Save your cash, save your cash
Mighty Sparrow is urging people to save their money


Ah selling razor, ah selling cutlash
He is now selling weapons like razors and cutlasses


Sledge hammer, hatchet, even saw
He is selling deadly weapons of all kinds


Any kind of weapon that's good for war
All the weapons sold are suitable for combat


Ah done get me licence ever since
Mighty Sparrow has obtained a license to sell these weapons


Now ah only waiting for violence
He is expecting violence to occur and wants to make money from it


Come and buy from me, don't be afraid
He is inviting people to come and buy weapons from him


Ah selling from cannon to razor blades.
He has weapons of all sizes for sale, from cannons to razor blades.




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Comments from YouTube:

@pauleliot6429

this is one of the great songs/should be heard more

@thegoddessdiana9185

My dad had this record on an lp by Sparrow. He played it for me back around 1964 or so.

@taylordansmith

Probably my fav outta the time period. Along with lord commander "no crime no law" and mama Calypso "ask me why I run!" 🤘🏼

@duncanedwards5571

This and Mad Bomber and most of the songs from this period are so fabulous.

@anthonybrowne3478

Still relevant today

@curtisbernard8692

Looking for more sparrow crawford 77