Saturday, March 13, 2010

Drivin N Cryin: Legal Gun

Drivin N Cryin- Legal Gun


Amsterdam in 81

Monty walks alone

Coming in a five fifty night

Disconnects the phone

Oct in 81

Sara-a-gue walks alone

Coming in another night

She disconnects the phone

Because he's just a legal gun

And she's just a legal whore

He just guns them down right

She just asks for more

Man and a Woman dine tonight

Stare in each others eyes

They met somewhere before

He asks her what she dose and she lies

Says he works in government

Says she works alone

But he finds out later tonight when he walks her home

Because he's just a legal gun

And she's just a legal whore

He just guns them down right

She just asks for more

He tells what he really does

She doesn’t have to tell him much

They walk along the avenue

Laughing at their good luck

Oct in '81 walking home alone

When a man steps out and guns him down

For thirty days she wasn't alone

For thirty days she wasn't alone

For thirty days she wasn't alone




I discovered Drivin'N'Cryin back in '90/ '91 when they had a couple of hit tunes on the charts from their Fly Me Courageous album. Working my way back through their catalog I discovered a band that was more than the hard rock group that I was hearing on the radio. Their sound was blue collar, working class, and as much folk and country as Rock and Roll. I could go on and on, but let's just stick with the fact that they stuck with me, and in particular a set of their songs stuck with me, and one of them Legal Gun from their Whisper Tames the Lion album is this months Crime Tune.


Above you will find best transcription of the lyrics, I am unsure of the names, but it's what I came up with. I know I have seen the lyrics somewhere before, but I wasn't able to track them down in time for this post (and of course as soon as I get home tonight I will find them). Anyway, the song has a marching hard rock drive and feel to it, with just a hint of darkness and tension in the instrumentation. The lyrics tell the straight forward Noir story of loneliness, love and loss. One can almost imagine the story cribbed from a Gold Medal paperback, if it weren't that we are given both the time, October 1981 and the place
Amsterdam. I think the inclusion of these facts give the song a grounding, one can visualize what people were wearing at the time, what their hair cuts were like. Also the whole aspect of the fact that even though our two loners are legally sanctioned they still somehow are outsiders.


The song was written prior to the formation of Drivin'N'Cryin' by Kevin Kenny, and an early recording appeared on the Kevin Kenny and Frank French album Everything Looks Better In The Dark. I really do need to go back and listen to that version of the song again, but as with all of the songs in this series, it is one that I would like to hear someone cover.



The Links:
http://www.frankfrench.com/EverythingLooksBetterInTheDark.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drivin_N_Cryin

www.drivinncryin.com


Thoughts, Comments, the corrected Lyrics?