What does Happiness is a Warm Gun mean?

Search Login

Beatles: Happiness is a Warm Gun Meaning

Tagged: Suicide [suggest]

Song Released: 1968

Get "Happiness is a Warm Gun" on MP3:

Get MP3 from Amazon

Happiness is a Warm Gun Lyrics

She's not a girl who misses much
Do do do do do do- oh yea!
She's well acquainted with the touch of the velvet hand
Like a lizard on a window pane

The man in the crowd with the multicolored mirrors
On his hobnail boots
Lying with his eyes...


    click a star to vote
    Feb 19th, 2009 2:22pm report

    it's about his prick. metaphorically, but quite literally at times. say happiness is a warm gun. now say it again, but drop the h. maybe it's about drugs and his wang doodle. sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, right? maybe he shot H into his appeniss. haha. ouch! what i don't understand is the mother superior part. maybe some stab a religion for it's stand against sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. but i love this song. mostly for it's ambiguity. do you think paul would know what it's all about? i mean saint, not sir. or is that the other way around?

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


    click a star to vote
    Feb 18th, 2009 2:17am report

    The song uses the title of a then-popular book by "Peanuts" creator Charles Schultz, "Happiness is a Warm Puppy" to satirize the American obsession with guns. The other verses simply combine various ideas for another song.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


    click a star to vote
    Jan 27th, 2009 1:36pm report

    its about being happy until something important and special is suddenly taken from you, your never ready for a major change. when your content and happy with something you dont think about loosing it. a warm gun - meaning a gun just shot off, a sudden change that your not ready for. its like dying, you suffer but your happiness is still inside. and eventually you find something new to 'live' for.

    i can understand the reference to drug use, like a lot of their other songs the beatles did like to write about drugs but i think this song has much more meaning behind it. john lennon being the brilliant man that he was put codes into his lyrics. he wanted his songs to be a mystery.


    click a star to vote
    Nov 26th, 2008 11:17pm report

    This song is undoubtedly about heroin/morphine addiction. "A warm gun" refers to the filled syringe, when injected, gives a warm feeling throughout the limb as the drug travels through the bloodstream. It refers to the addicts that came back from Vietnam during the war, who used the drug to help cope with the unbearable conditions of the front. If you saw the Beatles-Inspired musical, Across the Universe, it also draws on this effect as one of the main characters sings this song while in the hospital, waiting for the nurse (played by Salma Hayek) to come give him a shot.

    "I need a fix, because Im going down..." also a reference to a drug fix. Mother Superior "jumping the gun" refers to addicts who OD and slip in and out of consciousness, often appearing dead, and then gasping for air as a result of the opiods on the cardiovascular system.

    Finger on the trigger, this refers to the relief one would feel knowing that they are about to shoot up (the trigger being the plunger of the syringe). To anyone with knowledge of the historical background and experience with the drug itself, this song rings clearly as HEROIN.


    click a star to vote
    Nov 9th, 2008 11:10pm report

    i think that the song is talking about how happiness comes with hardship and sometimes loss. like saying the gun is still warm from shooting it at someone, but youre happy because of it. like happiness cant come with out loss or pain


    click a star to vote
    Oct 14th, 2008 10:45am report

    I think this song is in parts(two for sure maybe three). From reading what other think though I can make a guess on what the song could mean. I think the first part is either about a guy cheating on his wife then left. The second part is the "I need a fix" referring to gun use. The next part is sketchy. It is either once again on drug use or war. Last part is the happiness is a warm gun this time making fun of war, on the love affair thing,drug use or comparing a happiness to a warm gun like the title says. For people who don't know stuff about guns, as a gun heats up it because inaccurate because of it pushing against the forearm or the gun in different places (A timbit of info that may be useless to you but whatever) Anyway it has what I'm getting at is that you never know when you are going to be happy it is not like you wake up everyday planning you are going to be happy and it happen. Sometimes you get that bad day. No did John know that or mean for a person to think that was the meaning. Who knows? but I think there could be weirder out looks on this song


    click a star to vote
    Aug 28th, 2008 8:59pm report

    It's about shooting heroin.


    click a star to vote
    Aug 3rd, 2008 8:08am report

    My mother told me that a "Warm Gun" refers to an erection!!
    NO JOKE!

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


    click a star to vote
    Apr 26th, 2008 4:52am report

    I don't try to pretend what John was meaning, if anything.

    But to me the beginning is about seeing the girl he loves being in love with an undeserving prick...

    the second part seems like just some cool lines like people have said

    the last part is the realization that in order for someone to feel on top of the world, someone else must feel an equal amount of pain and sadness (karma, yin and yang, etc.)


    click a star to vote
    Apr 25th, 2008 4:46am report

    This song is about the men going to war in vietnom, and bassically-leaving their wives and not getting ANY sex.

    happiness is a warm gun-haPENIS is a warm gun
    bang bang (sleary banging a girl) shoot shoot (cuming)
    in the military soldiers would often refer to their penis as their gun.

    the first verse I'm not too sure about, but I think itz about the military wives having to loose their husbands

    The man in the crowd with the multicoloured mirrors
    On his hobnail boots = just 1 of the man soldiers in his military uniform.

    Lying with his eyes while his hands are busy
    Working overtime = a soldier is finally getting a chance to relax and masturbate.

    A soap impression of his wife which he ate
    And donated to the National Trust = kinda blah. possibly eating his wife out...and bassically giving her away when he goes to war....but not too sure on this one.

    I need a fix 'cause I'm going down
    Down to the bits that I left uptown
    I need a fix cause I'm going down = obviouse man needs to get laid, cheer him up, just feel GOOD. down to the bits that I left uptown, vietnon soldiers that he [saw] killed.

    Mother Superior jumped the gun
    Mother Superior jumped the gun
    Mother Superior jumped the gun
    Mother Superior jumped the gun
    this war wasn't needed, happened to soon.

    happiness is a warm gun(happiness is a warm penis)
    warm meaning pleasured in any way possible

    happiness is a warm gun momma (just an exspresion like woh momma that feels good!)

    When I hold you in my arms
    And I feel my finger on your trigger = missing wife for reasons of love....and sex such as fingering her.

    I know nobody can do me no harm = back at home where a soldier is safe from the war, with his wife, ect. (just being safe from the war)

    happiness is a warm yes it is...
    Gun!! cleary, cuming

    so there ya go, missing wifes and getting laid by them, some soldiers would cheat on their wifes, if they could find a woman around there anyway. and of course masturbation.

    this is not of heroin...though I suppose it could be, and knwoing the beatle they probably ment gun as a heroin boost for the soldiers as well.

    i cracked this before across the universe, but if you watch the happiness is a warm gun song, it completly focuses on the injured soldiers finally coming home, a bunch of sexy nurses, and their just happy to see a woman.

    there ya go
    im pretty confident with this one

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


    click a star to vote
    Mar 2nd, 2008 3:00am report

    It doesn't really have a meaning but the genius in it is that the lyrics have people thinking many things it is truly written by a musical genius as I have written many as well mhm


    click a star to vote
    Nov 29th, 2007 11:56am report

    Quite simple - it's about guns: Maybe a syringe, maybe a dick, whatever. And how it makes you feel alright.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


    click a star to vote
    Nov 15th, 2007 11:01pm report

    This song is about heroin addiction, and was cleverly mixed in with sexual innuendo involving masturbation and John Lennon's passion for Yoko. Very cleverly written indeed, perhaps the Violent Femmes' "Blister in the Sun" was inspired by this piece!

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


    click a star to vote
    Nov 5th, 2007 11:34am report

    This song is about a women who discovers her husband is cheating on her, so she kills him. She is the woman who doesn't miss much. The velvet gloves are to hide fingerprints. She is the lizard, observant but not observed. The man whose hands are working overtime is obviously infidelity, while his eyes are lying(to the wife).The man with glass on his hobnail boots was a real man who used mirrors to see up girls skirts in London. That man is her husband. He eats her soap impression, meaning he thinks she is unintelligent, and donates it to the national trust(slang for the toilet).

    Needing a fix in the next paragraph refers, after the murder of her husband, to her ever gnawing need for revenge. The uptown bits and Mother superior are one in the same, the womans husbands mistress, who got away.

    When the song says 'mama' after happiness is a warm gun, the speaker is speaking to her mother, and to the gun. Because throughout the relationship the woman found solace and power in her mother, whereas her husband could not hurt her, and so the gun becomes her mother because her mother dissaproves. Such is that the song was written from the betrayed woman to her mother.


    click a star to vote
    Aug 14th, 2007 8:32pm report

    Nobody touched on the beginning. "...The man in the back with the multicolored mirrors on his hobnail boots/Is lying with his eyes while his hands are busy working over time/A soap impression of his wife which he ate and donated to the national trust" This is about the Maharishi in India and John's disenchantment upon seeing him flirting, touching and doing other naughty business with a female follower. Mirrors on boots are to look up women's skirts. Lying eyes about what John felt were hypocritical actions based on his teaching. His hands fondling a woman other than his wife. The soap impression line is a little unclear and might have just been John having some fun with words.

    The rest of the song is a clear drug reference. Lennon was addicted to heroin. Needing a hit is blatent heroin use lingo. Holding the heroin in his arms because junkies shoot into arm veins, thus "hold it", not like a hug, even though it creates a bit of clever metaphor that the Beatles, especially John, are so well-known for doing. Heroin is an opiate, the same stuff that is used in morphine to take away pain, thus "Nobody can do me no harm". Just because Lennon did some drugs doesn't mean he should be despised. And just because he wrote some songs doesn't make him a saint. It's rock n roll, and he helped invent it. It's got to be low down and dangerous at times. LET IT BE!

More Beatles song meanings »


Submit Your Interpretation

[ want a different song? ]

Just Posted

Sit Still, Look Pretty anonymous
Blame Me anonymous
Stairway to the Skies anonymous
Ice Queen anonymous
Beam Me Up anonymous
I Am...I Said anonymous
Crazy In Love annnnnnnnn
4422 anonymous
Uninvited anonymous
Born This Way anonymous
Leave it All to Shine anonymous
Colors of the Wind anonymous
Rewrite The Stars anonymous
Rewrite The Stars anonymous
death bed anonymous

Get a weekly email update

(We won't give out your email)

Latest Releases

Curtis Waters
Snow On Tha Bluff
J. Cole
Don't Let Me Down
Milky Chance
Deep End
Like A Man
Dallas Smith
Wait No More
Scott Helman
Make It Rain
Pop Smoke
Shotta Flow 5
NLE Choppa