Sunday, March 18, 2012

125 – Johnny Cash – Don’t take your guns to town (1959)

Trata-se de uma canção escrita e gravada por Johnny Cash em 1958. Teve como lado B do compacto que saiu em janeiro de 1959 a canção I still miss someone. Compacto esse lançado pela Columbia Records.

A música conta a história de um jovem cowboy chamado Billy Joe que, ignorando o conselho da sua mãe, arranja uma briga de revolver em um bar e é assassinado nessa briga. O compacto simples com essa música foi o quinto de Johnny Cash a chegar no número 1 dos charts country, ficando lá por seis semanas. Chegou também ao número 32 nos charts pop.

O U2 fez uma regravação da musica e lançou em um compacto simples em 2001, com Elevation.

A letra:

A young cowboy named Billy Joe grew restless on the farm
A boy filled with wonderlust who really meant no harm
He changed his clothes and shined his boots
And combed his dark hair down
And his mother cried as he walked out

[Chorus]

Don't take your guns to town son
Leave your guns at home Bill
Don't take your guns to town

He laughed and kissed his mom

And said your Billy Joe's a man
I can shoot as quick and straight as anybody can
But I wouldn't shoot without a cause
I'd gun nobody down
But she cried again as he rode away

[Chorus]

Don't take your guns to town son
Leave your guns at home Bill
Don't take your guns to town

He sang a song as on he rode

His guns hung at his hips
He rode into a cattle town
A smile upon his lips
He stopped and walked into a bar
And laid his money down
But his mother's words echoed again

[Chorus]

Don't take your guns to town son
Leave your guns at home Bill
Don't take your guns to town

He drank his first strong liquor then to calm his shaking hand

And tried to tell himself he had become a man
A dusty cowpoke at his side began to laugh him down
And he heard again his mothers words

[Chorus]

Don't take your guns to town son
Leave your guns at home Bill
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 'round
And wondered at his final words

[Chorus]

Don't take your guns to town son
Leave your guns at home Bill
Don't take your guns to town


O grande Johhny Cash no seu prime., no fim dos anos 1950s com Don't take your guns to town:



Numa versão fantástica com Willie Nelson, já mais velho (somente áudio): 



Johnny Cash em 1993 no programa do David Letterman:

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