play Cary Grant, Esther Williams, Angelina Jolie & The Romance Of The Gun by Christine Lavin and Brian Bauers

CARY GRANT, ESTHER WILLIAMS, ANGELINA JOLIE & THE ROMANCE OF THE GUN

© 2013 Christine Lavin ASCAP

When Cary Grant made movies
Men wanted to be like him
When Esther Williams made movies
We all lined up to learn how to swim
When Fred Astaire made movies
The whole world learned to dance
When Catherine DeNueve made movies
We all wanted to move to France

When Julia Child was on TV
We all learned how to cook
When “I Love Lucy” was a hit
So was the red head look
Yet when Angelina Jolie makes a movie
and her co-star is a gun
We’re supposed to believe violent images
Don’t influence anyone

Are you kidding me?
Are you kidding me?
Are you kidding me?

There’s 315 million Americans
4 million in the NRA
that’s 1.26 percent of us
who bully to get their way
they want everybody packin’ pistols
in churches, bars, and schools
but if all of us carry weapons
all of us are fools

98.74% of us
are not in the NRA
311,000,000 of us
want to live to see another day
but in the last 24 hours
82 more Americans were killed with a gun
In gun deaths how to we compare to the world?

We’re Number One
We’re Number One
We’re Number One  
We’re Number One

Are you kidding me?
Are you kidding me?
Are you kidding me?

Whoever thought we’d see the day
You couldn’t smoke in restaurants?
We put limits on behaviors
That sometimes curb our personal wants

We do it for the greater good
What is best for ALL
This is a civilized democracy
Not a Wild West barroom brawl

There’s 300 million firearms
from sea to shining sea
Some say it’s too late to do anything
But I disagree

When they do gun buybacks in California
They run out of money before they run out of guns
History has taught us
Some wrongs can be undone

So please do not sit silently
Tell everybody how you feel
Let’s strengthen our collective backbones
Let’s be that squeaky wheel

We’ll do it for the children of Newtown
Aurora Colorado, too
For Columbine, Virginia Tech
And for you and you and you and you

We can do this  
together we can do this
together we can do this

together we can do this
together we can do this
together we can do this
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Credits:

Christine Lavin:  vocal and guitar
Brian Bauers:  vocal, percussion, bass
Ashley Madison:  vocal and percussion

©2013 Christine Lavin ASCAP

updated: 3 years ago