Shot With His Own Gun

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How does it feel now you've been undressed
By a man with a mind like the gutter press
So disappointed to find it's no big sin
Lying skin to skin

Shot with his own gun
Now dad is keeping mum
Shot with his own gun

Now somebody has to pay for the one who got away

What's on his mind now is anyone's guess
Losing his touch with each caress
Spend every evening looking so appealing
He comes without warning
Leaves without feeling


On your marks, man, ready, set
Let's get loaded and forget

The little corporal got in the way
And he got hit by an emotional ricochet
It's a bit more now than dressing up dolly
Playing house seems so melancholy


Oh it's too sad to be true
Your blue murder's killing you


Shot With His Own Gun
Written byElvis Costello
Performed byElvis Costello
Produced byNick Lowe in association with Roger Bechirian
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal
Steve Nieve - piano
Recorded1980, DJM Studios and/or Eden Studios, London
ReleasedJanuary 1981
AlbumsTrust, 1981
PromosPunch The Clock, Trust & Get Happy!! Sampler, 2003

First known performance:
August 17, 1980, Edinburgh, Scotland
Last known performance:
     (171 known performances)

TrustTrust album cover large.jpg


Matt Brown Live performance uploaded to YouTube 2013 BandCamp YouTube
Steve Nieve and Vincent Segal performed live, 2010-01-29, Paris, France - instrumental version 2010 YouTube
Erich Sellheim home studio production, sung in German 2016 YouTube

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