Guns Before Butter Lyrics

Gang of Four


publisher: ©BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC , Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Andrew Gill, David Allen, Hugo Burnham, Jonathan King
album: Track 6 in album Entertainment!
release date: 1979-9
popularity : 8 users have visited this page.
length: 3:43
producer: Rob Warr, Andy Gill and Jon King
drums: Hugo Burnham
lead vocals: Jon King
engineer: Rick Walton
recorded by: Davy Phee and Edwin Cross
arranger: Gang of Four
guitar: Andy Gill
additional engineer: Davy Phee and Edwin Cross
bass guitar: Dave Allen
writer: Dave Allen, Hugo Burnham, Andy Gill, Jon King

Cover Art

Gang Of Four Entertainment! cover art
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All this talk of blood and iron
Is the cause of all my shaking
All this talk of blood and iron
Is the cause of all my shaking
All this talk of blood and iron
Is the cause of all my shaking

All this talk of blood and iron
It's the cause of all my shaking
The fatherland's no place to die for
It makes me want to run out shaking
I hear some talk of guns and butter
That's something we can do without
If men are only blood and iron
O Doctor Doctor, what's in my shirt?

Just keep quiet, no room for doubt

I'm hearing talk of joy in labor
I'll tell you this you can leave me out
The motherland's no place to cry for
I want some sand to hide my head in
I'm hearing talk of strength in labor
That's something I can do without
If I'm only blood and iron
O Doctor Doctor, what's in my shirt

Just keep quiet, no room for doubt

All this talk of blood and iron
It's the cause of all my shaking
The fatherland's no place to cry for
It makes me want to run out shouting
I hear some talk of guns and butter
That's something I can do without
If men are only blood and iron
O Doctor Doctor, what's in my shirt?

Just keep quiet, no room for doubt


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Ether
  • 2 Natural’s Not in It
  • 3 Not Great Men
  • 4 Damaged Goods
  • 5 Return the Gift
  • 6 Guns Before Butter
  • 7 I Found That Essence Rare
  • 8 Glass
  • 9 Contract
  • 10 At Home He’s a Tourist
  • 11 5.45
  • 12 Anthrax