Gun Shy Song Lyrics

10,000 Maniacs

10,000 Maniacs In My Tribe cover art
sponsored links

It's likely your browser's cookies are disabled. You'll need to turn cookies on. We can only display part of these lyrics to any suspicious robots due to licensing restrictions.

I always knew that you would take yourself far from home as soon as, as far as you could go. By the 1/4 inch cut of your hair and the Army issue green, for the past eight weeks I can tell where you've been. For I knew, I could see, it was all cut and dried to me there was soldier's blue blood streaming inside your veins. There is a world outside of this room and when you meet it promise me you won't meet it with your gun.
So now you are one of the brave few, it's awful sad we need boys like you. I hope the day never comes for "Here's your live round son. Stock and barrel, safety, trigger, here's your gun." Well I knew, I could see, it was all cut and dried to me there was soldiers blue blood streaming inside your veins. There is a world outside of this room and when you meet it promise me you won't meet it with your gun taking aim. For I don't mean to argue, they've made a decent boy of you and I don't mean to spoil your home coming, but baby brother you should expect me to.
"Stock and barrel, safety, trigger, here's your gun." So now does your heart pitter pat with a patriotic song when you see the stripes of Old Glory waving? Well I knew, I could see, it was all cut and dried to me there was soldier's blue blood streaming inside your veins. There is a world outside of this room and when you meet it promise me you won't meet it with your gun taking aim. I don't mean to argue, they've made a decent boy of you and I don't mean to spoil your homecoming my baby brother Jude and I don't mean to hurt you by saying this again, they're so good at making soldiers but they're not so good at making men

Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 What’s the Matter Here?
  • 2 Hey Jack Kerouac
  • 3 Like the Weather
  • 4 Cherry Tree
  • 5 The Painted Desert
  • 6 Don’t Talk
  • 7 Peace Train
  • 8 Gun Shy
  • 9 My Sister Rose
  • 10 A Campfire Song
  • 11 City of Angels
  • 12 Verdi Cries


  • credits


    album: Track 8 in album In My Tribe
    release date: 1987-7-7
    popularity : 50 users have visited this page.
    length: 4:12
    producer: Peter Asher
    drums: Jerome Augustyniak
    vocal: Natalie Merchant
    mixer: George Massenburg and Frank Wolf
    recorded by: George Massenburg
    electric bass guitar: Steven Gustafson
    keyboard: Dennis Drew
    additional engineer: Sharon Rice
    percussion: Jerome Augustyniak
    assistant engineer: Shep Lonsdale and Duane Seykora
    assistant producer: Edd Kolakowski
    pedal steel guitar & mandolin & guitars: Robert Buck
    composer: Natalie Merchant
    lyricist: Natalie Merchant

    Album Information

    label: Elektra
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 075596073820
    script: Latin