Al Hovden

Al Hovden

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Rock - General | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Song Description

A protest song against gun violence in the US especially school shootings.

Story Behind the Song

I keep waiting for someone to write a song protesting the school shootings in the US and the maddening lack of action by government. I thought it was time to write one.

Lyrics

AMERICAN GUNS
Al Hovden

The breaking news in 99
Said 13 down in Columbine
Then 32 dead at Virginia Tech
Oh how the nation wept

But worst of all was Sandy Hook
At Newtown in Connecticut
6 teachers shot and in the end
20 kids from six to seven

He rode the BART to Oikos U
With a .45 that he bought brand new
He was sent from God to kill amen
And send them all to heaven

She came to Hazard from the town
Of Happy to the college grounds
Instead of leaving with her son
She died by the preacher's gun

CHORUS (HALF)
American guns
American guns
How many must die
Til the killings all done?
Run from the bullets
Run from the guns
Run from American guns

In Rosenberg they got the call
A 911 from Snyder Hall
16 down in a hail of lead
With 9 reported dead

After Sandy Hook they began to shout
The Parkland kids yelled vote them out
Enough's enough no never again
Make the madness end

And all the children sing
Can't we stop this thing

CHORUS (FULL)
American guns
American guns
How many must die
Til the killings all done?
Run from the bullets
Run from the guns
Run from American guns

American guns
American guns
The nation cries
But nothing is done
Run from the bullets
Run from the guns
Run run run

BRIDGE
The president is promising
To make this country great again
Put a weapon in the hand
Of every teacher cross the land
Does he love his freedom more than kids
Why can't he do what others did
Put away those guns for good
Oh - those guns

The problem's not the guns to some
It's when hearts without a God become
Deaf to the voice that sings the Psalm
That teaches right from wrong

But the kids all fear the school P.A.
Their afraid the voice they'll hear will say
Run like the devil run for your lives
May god be on your side

And all the children say
Put your guns away

CHORUS (FULL)

He got his first gun when he was nine
Daddy said I'm so proud of that son of mine

Song Length
4:25
Genres
Rock - Americana, Rock - Americana
Tempo / Feel
Slow (71 - 90)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Moods
Troubled, Outraged

Subject Matter
Liberal, Progressive, Violence

Similar Artist
Foo Fighters, Kid Rock, Steve Earl, Neil Young
Language
English
Era
2000 and later

Lyric Credits Al Hovden
Music Credits Al Hovden
Producer Credits Al Hovden
Performance Credits Al Hovden, Vocals by Supreme Tracks and Al Hovden