Guns Before Butter Lyrics

Gang of Four


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
writers: Dave Allen, Andrew Gill, Jon King, Hugo H. Burnham
album: Track 6 in album Entertainment!
release date: 1979-9
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length: 3:43
arranger: Gang of Four
engineer: Rick Walton
additional engineer: Davy Phee, Edwin Cross
guitar: Andy Gill
drums: Hugo Burnham
bass guitar: Dave Allen
producer: Jon King, Andy Gill, Rob Warr
recording: Edwin Cross, Davy Phee
lead vocals: Jon King

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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

  • 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