Beatles: Happiness is a Warm Gun Meaning
Song Released: 1968
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Happiness is a Warm Gun Lyrics
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...
anonymous 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.
lostinwonderland 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.
anonymous 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
anonymous 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
anonymous Aug 28th, 2008 8:59pm report
It's about shooting heroin.
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.)
anonymous 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
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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!
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