SHOTGUN

Original Junior Walker & The All Stars version

I said, shotgun
Shoot 'em 'fore they run, now
Do the jerk, baby
Do the jerk, now
Hey!

Put on your red dress
And then you go downtown, now
I said, buy yourself a shotgun, now
We're gonna break it down, baby, now
We're gonna load it up, baby, now
And then you shoot 'em 'fore they run, now

I said, shotgun
Shoot 'em 'fore they run, now
Do the jerk, baby
Do the jerk, now
Hey!

Shotgun
Shoot 'em 'fore they run, now
Do the jerk, baby
Do the jerk, now
Hey!

Put on your high heels shoes
I said, we're going down here, listen to 'em play the blues
We're gonna dig potatoes
We're gonna pick tomatoes

I said, shotgun
Shoot 'em 'fore they run, now
Do the jerk, baby
Do the jerk, now
Hey!

I said it's Twine Time
I said it's Twine Time
I said it's Twine Time
Hey! What'd I say?


Page last updated: 15 Jan 2012

Info

SHOTGUN is a song written by Autry DeWalt and originally recorded by Junior Walker & The All Stars who released it on their 1965 album Shotgun (Soul Records, catalogue # SS 701).

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The above lyrics are transcribed from Junior Walker & The All Stars' version of SHOTGUN as released in 1965.

Springsteen's Version

Although he has never performed it in full, Bruce Springsteen has regularly played a snippet of SHOTGUN in the midsection of ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) in 1974, during The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle Tour. These were instrumental snippets, but he used some of the song's lyrics at least once. See the Live 06 Jan 1974 version of ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) for an example.

Credits

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake).