Song of the Day #3,851: ‘Giving Up the Gun’ – Vampire Weekend

It’s been six years since Vampire Weekend’s last album, the extraordinary Modern Vampires of the City.

Lots has happened since then, including the departure of key band member Rostam Batmanglij and a relationship between frontman Ezra Koenig and one of my celebrity girlfriends, Rashida Jones, which resulted in the birth of their first child last summer.

But the biggest news is that the band has finished their fourth album and will release it sometime in 2019. Definitely my most anticipated release of the year, though I’m a bit nervous about what the loss of Batmanglij will mean for the band’s sound.

In the meantime, here’s a track from 2010’s Contra, the band’s sophomore effort.

[Chorus]
Your sword’s grown old and rusty
Burnt beneath the rising sun
It’s locked up like a trophy
Forgetting all the things it’s done

And though it’s been a long time
You’re right back where you started from
I see it in your eyes
That now you’re giving up the gun

[Verse 1]
When I was 17
I had wrists like steel
And I felt complete

And now my body fades
Behind a brass charade
And I’m obsolete

But if the chance remained
To see those better days
I’d cut the cannons down

My ears are blown to bits
From all the rifle hits
But I still crave that sound

[Chorus]
Your sword’s grown old and rusty
Burnt beneath the rising sun
It’s locked up like a trophy
Forgetting all the things it’s done

And though it’s been a long time
You’re right back where you started from
I see it in your eyes
That now you’re giving up the gun

[Verse 2]
I heard you play guitar
Down at a seedy bar
Where skinheads used to fight

Your Tokugawa smile
And your garbage style
Used to save the night

You felt the coming wave
Told me we’d all be brave
You said you wouldn’t flinch

But in the years that passed
Since I saw you last
You haven’t moved an inch

[Chorus]
Your sword’s grown old and rusty
Burnt beneath the rising sun
It’s locked up like a trophy
Forgetting all the things it’s done

And though it’s been a long time
You’re right back where you started from
I see it in your eyes
That now you’re giving up the gun

[Interlude]
I see you shine in your way
Go on, go on, go on
I see you shine in your way
Go on, go on, go on
I see you shine in your way
Go on, go on, go on
I see you shine in your way
Go on, go on, go on
I see you shine in your way
Go on, go on, go on
I see you shine in your way
Go on, go on, go on
(I see you shine in your way
Go on, go on, go on
I see you shine in your way
Go on, go on, go on)

[Chorus]
Your sword’s grown old and rusty
Burnt beneath the rising sun
It’s locked up like a trophy
Forgetting all the things it’s done

And though it’s been a long time
You’re right back where you started from
I see it in your eyes
That now you’re giving up the gun

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,851: ‘Giving Up the Gun’ – Vampire Weekend

  1. Dana says:

    Looking forward to the new album–and I hope there isn’t too much of a drop off in quality. VW at 3/4 strength though is still better than most bands.

  2. Maddie says:

    This is one of my favorite Vampire Weekend songs. Definitely the one I return to most often. Excited for their new album and hope for the best!!

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