Jason Robert Brown Responds to Orlando Shootings With Original Song

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Hear him perform “A Song About Your Gun.”
Jason Robert Brown
Jason Robert Brown

In response to the June 12 mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL, Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown posted a recording of himself playing and singing his original tune, ”A Song About Your Gun.“

The composer of The Last Five Years, The Bridges of Madison County and Honeymoon in Vegas said he started to write the song in December 2015 after a previous gun massacre, but said, “I couldn’t really figure out how to finish it. The second verse came to me with startling clarity in April, on a day when gun violence had temporarily receded from the front pages.”

He recorded this performance at the Greenwich Village club SubCulture April 23 and posted it on his own website June 16. The lyrics are below.

Here are the lyrics:

”A Song About Your Gun“
Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown

Who’s gonna sing a song about your gun?
Who’s gonna sing a song about the way you feel protected
When you hold it in your arms when day is done?
Who’s gonna sing that song, sir?

Who’s gonna sing a song about your gun?
Who’s gonna tell the world that you feel grounded and connected
When you wrap your hands around your Remington?
Who’s gonna sing a song about your gun?

All those people at the rodeos and ranges
Putting Freedom First and nothing else above –
Surely one of them could play a couple changes
And then write a verse in praise of what you love.
Someone’s gotta think it would be fun
To sing a little song about your gun, sir.

I can’t sing a song about your gun.
I’ve got twenty-seven other jobs that I’ve neglected,
And in fact, right now I kinda gotta run,
So I can’t sing a song about your gun.

See, I’m too busy singing songs about my daughters
And the news I have to hide from them today.
I’m too tired from reading stories about slaughters
In some little town a half an hour away
By some kid who looks a little like your son,
So I can’t sing a song about your gun, sir.

I’m not interested in your justifications
Or the patriotic sermons that you preached.
Pardon me, sir, but I ran right out of patience
Sitting waiting for consensus to be reached.
So honestly, the odds are one-to-one
That I don’t give a shit about your gun, sir.

Who’s gonna sing a song about your gun?
Who’s gonna tell the world you’ve been maligned and disrespected
And you’re never understood by anyone
Who wouldn’t sing a song about your gun?

Copyright 2016 Jason Robert Brown
All rights reserved.

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