Aerosmith: Janie's Got a Gun Meaning
Get "Janie's Got a Gun" on MP3:Get MP3 from Amazon
Janie's Got a Gun Lyrics
Dum, dum, dum it's the sound of my gun.
Dum, dum, dum, honey what have you done?
Dum, dum, dum it's the sound
Janie's got a gun
Janie's got a gun
Her whole world's come undone
anonymous Feb 21st, 2:45pm report
My youngest sister was sexually abused by my father a police officer. She actually put a cocked 357 magnum to his head after hearing this song while he was asleep, but did not pull the trigger.Im so proud of her she didn't. No one would have ever believed her if she had. I believe is about a father sexually abusing his daughter.
anonymous Apr 8th, 2018 4:25pm report
This song is about a girl who shoots her father because he is sexually abusing her. Steven Tyler, explained in the Walk This Way autobiography: "That song is about a girl getting raped and pillaged by her father. It's about incest, something that happens to a lot of kids who don't even find out about it until they find themselves trying to work through some major f--king neuroses.
Tyler came up with the lyric "Janie's got a gun." He didn't turn write the song for months but in an interview with Rolling Stone he said, "I looked over at a Time magazine and saw this article on 48 hours, minute by minute, of handgun deaths in the United States. Then I got off on the child-abuse angle. I'd heard this woman speaking about how many children are attacked by their mothers and fathers. It was f---ing scary. I felt, man, I gotta sing about this. And that was it. That was my toe in the door."
anonymous May 7th, 2015 5:50pm report
Janie is the mother. From cradle to young adolescence, daddy ever-more-boldly molests his daughter until Janie can no longer neither deny nor ignore the child-rape crime regularly being committed. Ultimately Janie develops the tits to stop it with her gun, pumping one in the head and another in the body right after daddy again does his dirty deed. Janie then relocates the body to a railway location. Janie's daughter -- while suffering from a Stockholm complex -- ultimately rats her mother out, and Janie goes on the run.
Never a happy ending.
anonymous Jun 19th, 2014 6:41am report
A girl getting raped by her father.
You're all wrong. I know the real story behind the song with facts that can be verified. The initial idea for the song actually came from a letter received by Gene Simmons from a troubled teen in 1987. In it Jane describes her turbulent childhood & how she became the product of a broken home when her father left when she was 9. Jane sadly made it to age 10 before being molested by her Mother's boyfriend.("What did her Daddy do?”) He wasn't there to protect her! Janie wondered, if maybe a gun could've provided her protection & scare him straight & away altogether. She simply asked Gene to approach Steven Tyler about putting together a song that she could vent to.
anonymous Sep 17th, 2012 9:24pm report
Her father is sexually abusing her. He is an alchoholic. He is a " powerful person " politically, socially. Nobody believes her and the video confirms that it is her mom who finally comes to realize ( after years of just looking the other way, for whatever reasons)sees him for what he really is. ( a monster, lucifer, the devil, or whatever you want to call it)She( mom) finally sees it, yet HE still denies it to all three...wife, daughter and himself. Forcing mom to make it look like her daughter just ended it with a gun ( that she mysteryously found in her hand). MOM took him to the track where he was found run over by a train . ( train being mom really )
anonymous May 27th, 2012 5:13am report
i think it means that she is getting abused by her father and she took his gun and killed him because she wanted to end it then went to jail for murder because the cops didn't know about the abusing.
anonymous Apr 17th, 2011 4:36am report
A girl kills the man who raped her. Based on a true story.
jesslyn_marley Dec 9th, 2008 12:04pm report
This song is about a girl who is sexually abused by her father, and no one believes her. This is a very controversial song, because of the time it was released. When this song first aired the topic of rape and abuse was not something that people normally talked about. So to have a song out on the airwave was a real eye-opener.
anonymous Oct 21st, 2008 10:18pm report
The meaning is obvious,just thought I would let you know its not the first time Aerosmith wrote a song like that.Go back to Toys in the Attic,and listen to Uncle Salty.
We all pretty much agree, that this is a song about a girl who was sexually abused by her father, Steve Tyler and Joe Perry said so themselves. I think it's a serious subject for a band like Aerosmith to go on about considering their other stuff.
She gets a gun to end her pain, but I really don't know what she does with it, either commit sucide or kill her father.
I think this song is about a young woman who gets raped by her father, but no one believes her story, so she kills her father. This song actually remindsme of Nate Ybanez, a teenager who killed his mother. His parents were abusive, but no one listened to Nate, so Nate snapped and murdered hismother. So for this female protagonist, killing her rapist is the only way to, in the words of the song, "run away from the pain."
anonymous Feb 17th, 2007 2:32pm report
I think this song is about a girl being raped by her Dad and she gets tired of being helpless so she stands up to him and kills him so she can end the pain, and it seems like she asked for help but no one believed her. The song also kinda states that the abuse had been going on for some time (itty bitty baby, cradle-robbing, etc...) Go Janie!!!!!
More Aerosmith song meanings »
Submit Your Interpretation
|East Bound & Down||anonymous|
|Dancing On My Own||anonymous|
|War of Hormone||anonymous|
|Dancing On My Own||anonymous|
|Trouble is a Friend||anonymous|
|Burning Down the House||anonymous|
|Never Let Me Down Again||anonymous|
|Leave The City||anonymous|
|To Where You Are||anonymous|