#19 Gunning for the Buddha

#19 Gunning for the Buddha – Shriekback

The first track in this playlist from one of the 2 best bands of all time. Written by Barry Andrews (why do “Barry”‘s make such great composers?), Gunning for the Buddha is the lead track on (I think the 4th Shriekback album) Big Night Music. Perhaps not a typical track (or typical album) for Shriekback, but highly enjoyable all the same. There seems to be some confusion as to what the lyrics of this song mean but whatever the truth may be, I prefer my own view (a view I’m sure I share with anyone who’s experienced Thailand’s wonderfully non-racist judicial system). If by any chance you’ve never heard of Shriekback, get hold of any albums/tracks you can (although this may be difficult as they don’t all seem to have made it to digital media!).

Lyrics

Mark and Danny in the Greek Hotel
Bold as badgers on a one-take Mission
Got their equipment from a dwarf outside
On the trail of any suspect wisdom
Pond-Life beneath a Southern sky
(They make their move then they head off to the border)
They don’t care as long as you can pay –
Whatever – whatever they say

We’re on the road and we’re gunning for the Buddha
We know his name and he mustn’t get away
We’re on the road and we’re gunning for the Buddha
It would take one shot – to blow him away…

Now’s the time to have some big ideas
Now’s the time to make some firm decisions
We saw the Buddha in a bar down south
Talking politics and nuclear fission
We see him and he’s all washed up –
Moving on into the body of a beetle
Getting ready for a long long crawl
He ain’t nothing – he ain’t nothing at all…

We’re on the road and we’re gunning for the Buddha
We know his name and he mustn’t get away
We’re on the road and we’re gunning for the Buddha
It would take one shot – to blow him away…

Death and Money make their point once more
In the shape of Philosophical assassins
Mark and Danny take the bus uptown
Deadly angels for reality and passion
Have the courage of the here and now
Don’t take nothing from these �-baked buddhas
When you think you got it paid in full
You got nothing – you got nothing at all…

We’re on the road and we’re gunning for the Buddha
We know his name and he mustn’t get away
We’re on the road and we’re gunning for the Buddha
It would take one shot…

Oh… we’re gunning for the Buddha
We know his name and he mustn’t get away
We’re on the road and we’re gunning for the Buddha
Saying something, saying something unsafe
We’re on the road
Oh… we’re gunning for the Buddha
(Yeah, Yeah)
We’re on the road
You know we’re gunning for the Buddha
You see him blow right there
We’re on the road
We’re gunning, we’re gunning,
We’re gunning on the road
We’re gunning, we’re gunning
We’re gunning for the Buddha
Gunning for the Buddha
Gunning for the Buddha
Gunning for the Buddha

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