Stefanie (sirensong984) wrote in u2,
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Song of the day

Today's Song of the Day is..

Don't Take Your Guns to Town

Originally recorded for a television special honoring Johnny Cash, the song eventually appeared on a version of the Elevation single in 2001.  The band put a new spin on a Johnny Cash favorite, adding a steel drum/Jamaican feel to a country song.  The Edge's vocal back up is one of the best features of the song, as well as Bono's deeeep singing on the verses.  Bono added little additions like "Don't take your guns to town, son, Leave your guns at home Bill.." where the Man in Black simply left it at "Don't take your guns to town...".  Bono seems to love to add those little words in songs he covers, no matter who is present (Think "I've Got You Under My Skin") (this is currently under dispute..!).  :)  Nothing extremely groundbreaking here, but a feel-good diddy that came up on my iPod Friday and made me smile.

Enjoy the

A young boy named Billy Joe, restless on the farm
A boy filled with wanderlust, who never really meant no harm
He changed his clothes and he shined his boots
And he combed his dark hair down

But his mama cried as he walked out:
'Don't take your guns to town
Don't take your guns to town
Don't take your guns... to town'

He laughed and kissed his mom and said 'Your Billy Joe he's the man
I can shoot as quick, I can shoot as straight, as anybody, can
But I wouldn't shoot, without a cause, or gun nobody down'

But she cried again as he rode away:
'Don't take your guns to town
Son, leave your guns at home
Don't take your guns to town'

Well he drank his first strong liquor then to calm his shaking hands
And he tried, he tried to tell himself at last he had become a man
But a dusty cowpoke stood at his side, began to laugh him down

And he heard again his mother's words:
'Don't take your guns to town
Son, leave your guns at home
Don't take your guns...'

Don't take your guns....
Don't take your guns to town
Don't take your guns....
Don't take your guns to town

Filled with rage then Billy Joe reached for his gun to draw
But the stranger drew his gun and fired before he even saw
As Billy Joe fell to the floor the crowd all gathered around

And wondered at his final words:
'Don't take your guns to town
Son, leave your guns at home
Don't take your guns to town'
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