E.M.’s Songs That Go Bang

This week the theme for Song Lyric Sunday is songs that feature lyrics of Bomb, Gun, Knife, Weapon. This was another week that I knew exactly which songs I would share with all of you from my playlists. Thank you to Jim (newepicauthor) for having this weekly prompt for us to share our music with one another. I really enjoy it!

The first song I will share with you is one by Shinedown called 45. A little summary of the song is about this man, and his heart is broken. He is contemplating taking his own life because his heart has no purpose anymore. When I was with my ex-husband, I could always relate to the feelings in the song, but I could never look down the barrel as he ponders on.

45

Send away for a priceless gift
One not subtle, one not on the list
Send away for a perfect world
One not simply, so absurd
In these times of doing what you’re told
Keep these feelings, no one knows

Whatever happened to the young man’s heart
Swallowed by pain, as he slowly fell apart

And I’m staring down the barrel of a 45
Swimming through the ashes of another life
No real reason to accept the way things have changed
Staring down the barrel of a 45

Send a message to the unborn child
Keep your eyes open for a while
In a box high up on the shelf, left for you, no one else
There’s a piece of a puzzle known as life
Wrapped in guilt, sealed up tight

Whatever happened to the young man’s heart
Swallowed by pain, as he slowly fell apart

And I’m staring down the barrel of a 45
Swimming through the ashes of another life
No real reason to accept the way things have changed
Staring down the barrel of a 45

Everyone’s pointing their fingers
Always condemning me
And nobody knows what I believe
I believe

And I’m staring down the barrel of a 45
Swimming through the ashes of another life
No real reason to accept the way things have changed
Staring down the barrel of a 45

And I’m staring down the barrel of a 45
And I’m swimming through the ashes of another life
There’s no real reason to accept the way things have changed
Staring down the barrel of a 45

45
Staring down the barrel of a 45

The second song I chose to share with you is a true story about Cassie Bernall, a student that was murdered in the Columbine High massacre. She was killed because she told her murder that she believed in God when he asked. Flyleaf wrote Cassie in her honor for standing by her beliefs. She was brave and died for it.

School shootings are so often these days since Columbine, and it’s a reminder that we live in a world that is very cold and broken. A few themes ago, I shared Jeremy by Pearl Jam with the same kind of story. It’s sad, and it happens far too often.

There are two versions of this song, an acoustic and a full band. My preference is the full version, but some of you may enjoy the acoustic version better. (Lacy Sturm can belt out some screams that may not tickle everyone’s fancy *giggles*).

Here are both versions:

The Acoustic Version of Cassie by Flyleaf:

Cassie (Acoustic)

The question asked in order to save her life or take it
The answer ‘no’, avoiding death and ‘yes’ would make it

‘Do you believe in God?’ written on the bullet
Say yes to pull the trigger and my sister, Cassie, pulled it

They didn’t love their lives so much as to shrink from death
Inspired in their footsteps, we will march ahead
Don’t be shocked that people die
Be surprised you’re still alive

All heads are bowed in silent reverence
The floor is wet with tears of sorrowful remembrance
The alter’s filled with hearts of repentance
Perfect love kills all fear
Rejoice in this deliverance

They didn’t love their lives so much as to shrink from death
Inspired in their footsteps, we will march ahead
Don’t be shocked that people die
Be surprised you’re still alive

The Full Band Version of Cassie by Flyleaf:

Cassie

The question asked in order
To save her life or take it
The answer “No” to avoid death
The answer “Yes” would make it
Make it

“Do you believe in God?”
Written on the bullet
Say “Yes” to pull the trigger
“Do you believe in God?”
Written on the bullet
And Cassie pulled the trigger

All heads are bowed in silence
To remember her last sentence
She answered him knowing what would happen
Her last words still hanging in the air
In the air

“Do you believe in God?”
Written on the bullet
Say “Yes” to pull the trigger
“Do you believe in God?”
Written on the bullet
And Cassie pulled the trigger

How many will die
I will die
I, I will say “Yes”

“Do you believe in God?”
Written on the bullet
Say “Yes” to pull the trigger
“Do you believe in God?”
Written on the bullet
And Cassie pulled the trigger

(Do you believe?)
“Do you believe in God?”
(Do you believe?)
“Do you believe in God?”
(Do you believe?)
“Do you believe in God?”

And I will pull the trigger

Now, I am going to take you back to my younger years of sitting in my room (in the clubhouse I built under my trundle bed) and blaring my music to avoid everyone. The next song I chose to share with you is called You’re All Need by Motley Crue. Nikki Sixx revealed that one of his relationships inspired the song later when he wrote The Heroin Diaries. You can read the full story by clicking here.

You’re All I Need

The blade of my knife
Faced away from your heart
Those last few nights
It turned and sliced you apart
This love that I tell
Now feels lonely as hell
From this padded prison cell

So many times I said
You’d only be mine
I gave my blood and my tears
And loved you cyanide
When you took my lips
I took your breath
Sometimes love’s better off dead

You’re all I need, make you only mine
I loved you so I set you free
I had to take your life
You’re all I need, you’re all I need
And I loved you but you didn’t love me Laid out cold
Now we’re both alone
But killing you helped me keep you home
I guess it was bad
Cause love can be sad
But we finally made the news

Tied up smiling
I thought you were happy
Never opened your eyes
I thought you were napping
I got so much to learn
About love in this world
But we finally made the news

You’re all I need, make you only mine
I loved you so, so I put you to sleep.

I hope you enjoy my picks for songs that feature guns, weapons, knives, or bombs. We have to find a way to take away the normalization of school shootings and staying in abusive relationships. If you are not happy, leave. It is easier said than done, but I survived. I finally got away.

xoxo,

E.M.

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