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Giving up the Gun - Vampire Weekend

Giving up the Gun

Contra
indie indie pop indie rock alternative pop


"Giving Up the Gun" was inspired by a book that singer/guitarist Ezra Koenig received from his father. This song was originally performed by Koenig's college rap group, L'Homme Run. This song was covered by Fleet Foxes in 2011.


Vampire Weekend is an indie rock band which formed in February 2006 in New York City, New York, United States. The band consists of Ezra Koenig (vocals, guitar), Chris Baio (bass) and Christopher Tomson (drums). Rostam Batmanglij has left the band in early 2016 to begin solo career, but will continue to collaborate with Ezra. The band has released three albums: "Vampire Weekend" (2008), "Contra" (2010)", and "Modern Vampires of the City" (2013). The band has gained positive comparisons to such artists as Paul Simon Show more ...

Giving up the Gun - Vampire Weekend

Your sword's grown old and rusty
Burnt beneath the rising sun
It's 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
That 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 remained
To see those better days
I'd cut the cannons down

My ears are blown to bits
From all the rifle hits
But I still crave that sound

Chorus

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

Chorus

I see you shine in your way
Go on, go on, go on

Chorus



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