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Shoot From the Hip

Gunslinger talk for being honest but not being bullied!  Scotty (guitar) and I (vocal) would trade licks in the middle which was always fun live…It seems like a rarity today.  This track was live-off-the-floor so is essentially a live recording.  I had previously tried recording the song with Randy Bachman.  For the gunshots, we actually took a pistol (Randy's studio was in rural U.S. outside of Linden, Washington) and ran a mic cord and headphone feed all the way out into the adjacent field.  Everytime it came to the "shot" we fired off the gun.  When we went back into the studio and listened, the real gun sounded like a child's cap gun so we replaced it with a wood block banged on the stairs.  As we were doing this, we were notified that the State troopers were at the security gate demanding entrance and to know what was going on.  Apparently we had been disturbing the neighbours cows with concern it would affect their milk.  We apologized.  It was a waste of time.  So next time you hear "guns" in a movie, you can be sure they are enhanced.

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Shoot From the Hip
(Frank Ludwig)
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Hey! What’s the matter
why are you running scared?
Do like my daddy told me,
you won’t get caught if you’re prepared
& He said, “Son, as you go through this life,
Son, take a little advice,
Always play fair, and always play clean,
But if you run into trouble,
let ‘em know what you mean

Shoot from the hip. You gotta shoot from the hip
Be a straight shooter but don’t get burned
Don’t wait ‘till your back is turned just shoot from the hip
You gotta shoot from the hip”

Hey! Life’s a gamble, why live it all in fear
Do like my Daddy told me,
and your worries will disappear.
& He said, “Son, as you go through this life,
Son, take a little advice,
Always play fair, and always play clean,
But if you run into trouble,
let ‘em know what you mean

Shoot from the hip, you gotta shoot from the hip
Good guys don’t finish last, if they aim straight
and they shoot fast
They shoot from the hip
Be a straight shooter but don’t get burned
Don’t wait ‘till your back is turned, just shoot from the hip
You gotta shoot from the hip”

Hey what’s the difference,
when your back’s to the wall
You gotta come out fighting,
gotta come out standing tall
And I say “Son, as you go through this life,
Son, take a little advice,
Always play fair, and always play clean,
But if you run into trouble,
let ‘em know what you mean.
Shoot from the hip”

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