Giving Up the Gun Lyrics

Vampire Weekend


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij
album: Track 8 in album Contra
release date: 2010-1-11
popularity : 7 users have visited this page.
length: 4:47
engineer: Rostam Batmanglij, Justin Gerrish, Shane Stoneback
assistant engineer: Fernando Lodeiro
frame drum: Jeff Curtin
guest instrument: Hamilton Berry, Seth Rosenfeld, Nat Baldwin, Jeff Curtin
additional instrument: Seth Rosenfeld, Nat Baldwin, Jeff Curtin, Hamilton Berry
cello: Seth Rosenfeld, Hamilton Berry
double bass: Nat Baldwin
guitars: Rostam Batmanglij
mix: Rostam Batmanglij, Justin Gerrish
producer: Rostam Batmanglij
programming: Ezra Koenig
additional vocal: Libby Gery, Anne Donlon
guest vocal: Libby Gery, Anne Donlon
lead vocals: Ezra Koenig
composer: Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij, Christopher Tomson, Chris Baio
lyricist: Ezra Koenig
instrument arranger: Jesse Novak

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Burn beneath the rising sun
Its locked up like a trophy
Forgetting all the things it's done
And though it's been a long time
You're right back where you started from
I see it in your eyes
But now you're giving up the gun

When I was 17
I had wrists like steel
And I felt complete
And now my body fades
Behind a brass charade
And I'm obsolete
But if the chance remains
To see those better days
I cut the canons down
My ears are blown to bits
From all the rifle hits
But still I crave that sound

Your sword's grown old and rusty
Burn beneath the rising sun
Its locked up like a trophy
Forgetting all the things it's done
And though it's been a long time
You're right back where you started from
I see it in your eyes
But now you're giving up the gun

I heard you play guitar
Down at a seedy bar
Where skinheads used to fight
Your Tokugawa smile
And your garbage style
Used to save the night
You felt the coming wave
Told me we'd all be brave
You said you wouldn't flinch
But in the years that passed
Since I saw you last
You haven't moved an inch

Your sword's grown old and rusty
Burn beneath the rising sun
Its locked up like a trophy
Forgetting all the things it's done
And though it's been a long time
You're right back where you started from
I see it in your eyes
But now you're giving up the gun

I see you shining your way
go on, go on, go on
Forgetting all the things its done
All though its been a long time
You’re right back where you started from
I see it in your eyes
Now you’re giving up the gun
I see you shining your way
Go on go on go on


Track Listing

  • 1 Horchata
  • 2 White Sky
  • 3 Holiday
  • 4 California English
  • 5 Taxi Cab
  • 6 Run
  • 7 Cousins
  • 8 Giving Up the Gun
  • 9 Diplomat’s Son
  • 10 I Think Ur a Contra