Machine Gun Lyrics

The Commodores

The Commodores - Machine Gun Lyrics


"happy new year first of all. i hope we'll have a million or two million
more of them... if we can get over this summer, he he he. right i'd like
to dedicate this one to the draggin' scene that's goin' on all the soldiers
that are fightin' in chicago, milwaukee and new york... oh yeas, and all
the soldiers fightin' in vietnam. like to do a thing called 'machine gun'."

machine gun
tearing my body all apart

machine gun
tearing my body all apart

evil man make me kill ya
evil man make you kill me
evil man make me kill you
even though we're only families apart

well i pick up my axe and fight lik a bomber
(you know what i mean)
hey and your bullets keep knocking me down

hey i pick up my axe and fight like a bomber now
yeah but you still blast me down to the ground

the same way you shoot me down baby
you'll be going just the same
three times the pain
and your own self to blame
hey machine gun


i ain't afraid of your mess no more, babe
i ain't afraid no more
after a while your your cheap talk don't evern cause me pain
so let your bullets fly like rain

'cause i know all the time you're wrong baby
and you'll be goin' just the same
yeah machine gun
tearing my family apart
yeah yeah alright
tearing my family apart

don't you shoot him down
he's about to leave here
don't you shoot him down
he's got to stay here
he ain't going nowhere
he's been shot down to the ground
oh where he can't survive no no

yeah that's what we don't wanna hear any more, alright
no bullets
at least here, huh huh
no guns, no bombs
huh huh
no nothin', just let's all live and live
you know instead of killin'

Song & Lyrics Facts

The Commodores' "Machine Gun" is a funk/soul song from their 1974 album Machine Gun. It was written by the band's lead singer Lionel Richie and bassist Ronald LaPread, with lyrics about the Vietnam War.

The single peaked at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1975. The song has been covered by many artists including Eric Clapton and George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic. The Commodores have performed the song live numerous times over the years, often as an encore to close out their shows. The powerful lyrics of "Machine Gun" have resonated with audiences for decades, making it one of the most beloved songs in the Commodores' catalog.

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