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The Gunfighter
Lyrics: John Popper
Music: Chan Kinchla

I'm taken aback
But still I let it ride
No sudden movements
I ease my hand real slow
Then my hands are like lightning
And the bullets start to fly
I was almost in the clear too
With just inches left to go




Too late, he sees me
And there's nowhere to hide
Almost to the clear
With just inches left to go

Then at once it happens
The flash of something steel
My hands are like lightning
And the bullets start to fly
The smoke clears and I'm standing
This time I beat the wheel
So I can live another day
Because I didn't want to die

And if it's the fool who likes to rush in
And if it's the angel who never does try

And if it's me who will lose or win
Then I'll make my best guess and I won't care why
C'mon and get me you twist of fate
I'm standing right here Mr. Destiny
If you want to talk well then I'll relate
If you don't so what cause you don't scare me

Time comes when I'm older
And a new kid hits the street
They'll say he's fast and he looks for me
And he says I'm going down
And though I try to avoid this man
Eventually we'll meet
He draws faster than I can see and knocks me to the ground

And if it's the fool who likes to rush in
And if it's the angel who never does try
And if it's me who will lose or win
Then I'll make my best guess and I won't care why
C'mon and get me you twist of fate
I'm standing right here Mr. Destiny
If you want to talk well then I'll relate
If you don't so what cause you don't scare me

So I'm lying in the street there
And the lights are getting dim
Preacher man comes and tells me
Repent it's time to pray
You only have to lose once
But you never always win
I smile at him with my last words
And this is what I'll say

Well if it's the fool who likes to rush in
And if it's the angel who never does try
And if it's me who will lose or win
Then I'll make my best guess and I won't care why
C'mon and get me you twist of fate
I'm standing right here Mr. Destiny
If you want to talk well then I'll relate
If you don't so what cause you don't scare me
C'mon and get me you twist of fate
I'm standing right here Mr. Destiny
If you want to talk well then I'll relate
If you don't so what cause you don't scare me
 


First release: Independence Day - Set One
Released: 07/04/1996
Earliest time played: 07/04/1996
Last time played: 07/31/2004
Playing frequency:
  37 plays (see all shows)
  1.99% of shows in the database
  3.09% of shows since debut
  Detailed statistics
Song information:
  Much like The Good, the Bad & the Ugly, this song's roots owe much to John and Chan being big fans of the spaghetti western. John has often used a gunslinging metaphor to refer to his harmonica playing.
  The first of two Chant Poll winners in 2002; it was brought back on 07/04/2002 after a four-year absence.

Other recordings of "The Gunfighter":
  Straight On Till Morning, 1997
  Straight On Till Morning studio cuts, 1997


taken aback
Surprised. Actually a nautical term, "taken aback" refers to a sudden shift in the wind that turns the sails to such an extent that the ship actually backs up, surprising the crew. The a- prefix (French for "to" or "toward") is seen in many nautical terms - aback, afore, aboard, ashore, aweigh, etc.
And if it's the fool who rushes in/And if it's the angel who never does try
Borrowed from Alexander Pope in "An Essay on Criticism": "For fools rush in where angels fear to tread"; i.e. caution is best when it is most dangerous.
Mr. Destiny
Probably not a reference to the 1990 James Belushi-Michael Caine movie, but instead a personification of destiny, or fate, which the narrator apparently believes in.