View Full Version : Opinions of Gil Scott-Heron's "Gun"

Hot Diggity
April 13, 2008, 21:17
Poets, Music Critics, Political analysts,

Has anybody listened to, or read the lyrics to GilScott-Heron's "Gun"?


I've done both today, as well as reading and listening to lots of interviews and commentary on the web. Other people seem to be of the opinion that Gun was written about gun control. After listening to the author talk on other subjects I'm not convinced that that's true. In interviews he stressed personal responsibility, and independence, and I wonder if he wasn't misunderstood...again.

Opinions? Anybody? I suppose I could correspond with him in prison, since I believe that's where he is now... again. Interesting man.


April 13, 2008, 22:23
I lived in the apartment above Gil for a year or so in DC.



Everything at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil_Scott-Heron is 100% consistent with my observations. I can remember his "man on the street" out in the alley behind the apartment yelling up at the window,
"Yo Geee-uhlllllll!!!!"

It was a big Dilaudid neighborhood.

Gil is out of prison for the time being.

He'll be at the 9:30 club this Saturday.
$30 for a "seated show."

Hot Diggity
April 14, 2008, 06:56
Not only do I find somebody who know's 'of' Gil Scott-Heron, I find a former neighbor here on the FAL Files! Who says it isn't a small world.

I enjoyed watching an interview he did for a British TV show. Interviewer kept trying to steer him the way she expected with her questions, and he
just wouldn't cooperate. He have articulate answers that seemed to be anything but what she expected. I liked his answer when she asked if he'd do cocaine again. "Probably."


Survey Punk
April 14, 2008, 07:05
"I know you think you're cool,
If they bus your kids to school."


April 14, 2008, 16:20
Home is where the hatred is.

I have most of GSH on vinyl and about 4 CD's. I have always loved listening to him since a friend turned me on to him in 71.

I may not agree with all of his lyrics but the man has always had a powerful message that has softened over time.

I saw him once in 75 or so and missed him when he came to denver in 96?

I would love to see him again.