Vampire Weekend - Giving Up the Gun Lyrics

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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
CD 1
  • 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


  • Credits
    album: Track 8 in album Contra
    release date: 2010-1-8
    popularity : 114 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock
    styles: Alternative Rock/Indie Rock
    length: 4:47
    producer: Rostam
    lead vocals: Ezra Koenig
    mixer: Justin Gerrish and Rostam
    engineer: Shane Stoneback, Rostam and Justin Gerrish
    guitars: Rostam
    additional guest cello: Seth Rosenfeld
    guest additional cello: Hamilton Berry
    additional guest: Anne Donlon and Libby Gery
    programming: Ezra Koenig
    guest additional double bass: Nat Baldwin
    assistant engineer: Fernando Lodeiro
    additional guest frame drum: Jeff Curtin
    Album Information
    label: XL Recordings
    country(area): Europe
    format: CD
    barcode: 634904042929
    script: Latin