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I was thinking about this question when I was trying to figure out the pitch of my flash hider for a recent review. A song by my favorite band kept popping into my mind, one lyric over and over again (make the jump for the lyrics). Everyone has a song they like to listen to on the way to the range. What’s yours?

Stalingrad, by Sabaton

Fresh from Moscow
Over Volga came to comrades aid
City in despair
Almost crushed by the führers army

Oh it’s colder than hell
Hitlers forces advancing

The sound of mortars
The music of death
A grand symphony

See your friends fall hear them
Pray to the god your country denies
Every man dies alone and when your
Time comes you will know that it’s time

Stalins fortress on fire
Is this madness or hell

The sound of the mortars
The music of death
We’re playing the devils symphony
Our violins are guns
Conducted from hell

Oh Stalingrad

Are you playing
Do you follow the conductors lead
No one knows you
No one cares about a single violin

Play the score of the damned
Know the devil within



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  1. tom waits – gun street girl

    “Took a 100 dollars off slaughterhouse Joe
    Brought a bran’ new michigan 20 gauge
    Got all liquored up on that road house corn,
    Blew a hole in the hood of a yellow corvette
    Blew a hole in the hood of a yellow corvette.”

  2. A tie between “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner” and James McMurtry’s “Choctaw Bingo” which is generally more about the redneck subculture, but from 4:04 – 4:40 has perhaps the best gun-related content of any piece of music I’ve listened to. Rollicking beat, too.

    • My favorite line: “Roland aimed his Thompson gun, he didn’t say a word.” Well he wouldn’t, would he?

      • Wouldn’t, or couldn’t? 🙂

        Great line, but my favorite is:

        “they killed to earn their living, and to help out the Congolese” like helping out the Congolese is an afterthought.

        Always had a strong affection for Thompson guns. I fire them at rental ranges every time I visit one.

  3. I have to agree with Roland, but for the top ten I nominate “Smuggler’s Blues” “All She Wants To Do Is Dance,” and “The Road Goes On Forever.” I guess I may have a dark side.

  4. Not a song, but a great poem (Shown at the beginning of the 1988 film the Beast)

    A dash of Kipling:

    When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
    And go to your Gawd like a Soldier.

  5. I’ve always been a fan of Lynyrd Skynyrd but don’t particularly like the anti-gun sentiment of the song “Saturday Night Special”:

    “Ain’t good for nuthin…. but to put a man six feet in a hole….”

    But I guess they made up for it with the “Gimme Back My Bullets” album and spinning off the band “.38 Special”.

    And now they’re on their “God and Guns” tour. I saw them a few months ago in VA. Those old guys still rock!

  6. Got to go with VA Pete and God and Guns. I don’t think Saturday Night Special is really anti-gun. It’s just a song.

    Another song I like is Kate Bush’s “James with the Golden Gun.” A great nod to 007.

  7. Da Yoopers
    Da Turdy Point Buck

    “Ya, my only hope was Betty Lou,
    she was the one,
    a combination AK 57 oozie radar laser triple-barrel double-scoped heat-seekin shotgun.”

  8. How about the Steve Miller Band’s “Take the money and Run,” when Billy Joe shot a man while robbing his castle, Bobbi Sue took the money and run. Or “I Fought the Law and the Law Won” (the original Bobby Fuller version, not the Clash cover). Robbing people with a six gun. Fool shoulda used a Glock like everyone else. I was never a fan of “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town,” but I kinda liked “El Paso.” My challenge was answered in less than a heartbeat; the handsome young stranger lay dead on the floor. And the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” is pretty good, too.

  9. Not sure of the song, but the line was:

    “You can’t talk to a man,
    With a shotgun in his hand – SHOTGUN!”

    Or else Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”.

    • ‘You can’t talk to a man With a shotgun in his hand’ — for future reference, all you need to do is plug a line in to search engine. I’ve done it many times and I always get the name of the song.

  10. Ringo by Lorne Greene, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence by Gene Pitney in a tie. Honorable mention to Ballad of the Green Beret by Sgt. Barry Sadler. If I went to ranges,these would be on my list because I love these songs.

  11. Well, now bring me my pistol,
    I said three round balls
    I’m gonna shoot everybody
    I don’t like at all
    Like at all, like at all
    Like at all, like at all

    I got a 38 special on a 45 frame
    I can’t miss
    When I got dead aim
    Got dead aim, got dead aim
    Got dead aim, got dead aim

  12. I rediscovered some of the old Westerns and so…. Gene Autry’s Back in the Saddle Again.

    “Ridin’ the range once more Totin’ my old .44…”

  13. One for the Headbangers…Iron Maiden “The Trooper”
    The Trooper lyrics
    Songwriters: Harris, Steve;

    You’ll take my life but I’ll take yours too
    You’ll fire your musket but I’ll run you through
    So when you’re waiting for the next attack
    You’d better stand there’s no turning back

    The bugle sounds as the charge begins
    But on this battlefield no one wins
    The smell of acrid smoke and horses breath
    As you plunge into a certain death

    The horse he sweats with fear we break to run
    The mighty roar of the Russian guns
    And as we race towards the human wall

    The screams of pain as my comrades fall

    We hurdle bodies that lay on the ground
    And as the Russians fire another round
    We get so near yet so far away
    We won’t live to fight another day

    We get so close near enough to fight
    When a Russian gets me in his sights
    He pulls the trigger and I feel the blow
    A burst of rounds takes my horse below

    And as I lay there gazing at the sky
    My body’s numb and my throat is dry
    And as I lay forgotten and alone
    Without a tear I draw my parting groan

  14. The Who, My Wife

    My life’s in jeopardy
    Murdered in cold blood is what I’m gonna be
    I ain’t been home since Friday night
    And now my wife is coming after me

    Give me police protection
    Gonna buy a gun so
    I can look after number one
    Give me a bodyguard
    A black belt Judo expert with a machine gun …..

  15. I have a few too, but I can’t help but notice that your favorite songs say more about you guys than all that talk about being responsible and “not shooting.” These favorites also highlight the fantastic fantasy world you guys inhabit.

    My favorites are by Country Joe and the Fish and Donovan. You know them.

  16. Two personal favorites:

    “Twilight Zone” by Golden Earring.

    “…Where am I to go
    Now that I’ve gone too far?
    You’ll come to know
    When the bullet hits the bone.”

    And “Blaze of Glory” by Jon Bon Jovi.

    “…Shot down in a blaze of glory
    Take me down and know the truth
    I’m going out in a blaze of glory
    Lord I never drew first
    But I drew first blood
    I’m the devil’s son
    Call me Young Gun.”

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