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Friday, July 27, 2012

When Knights Rule The Day With Guns Ablazing

Updated posting on Friday, December 14th, 2012:
(Another gunman's meaningless killing of 20 school children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Connecticut USA.)

Previous posting:
The Colorado, USA shooting incident at the Century 16 multiplex in Aurora a few days ago where the movie The Dark Knight Rises is showing reminds me of songs with a gun theme and there are many to check out on the Internet. 

There was one Western series I remember which was produced in the 50s and shown on our local television in the mid-60s. The theme song with rough and tumble actor Richard Boone in sombre but dashing black outfit attracted many of us to the living room to watch Have Gun Will Travel (image). I loved Paladin known as the "gentleman gunfighter" but was more interested in the opening sequence, melody and lyrics than the show itself.

The first verse of *Ballad of Paladin explains his purpose for selling his service,  "Have Gun Will Travel reads the card of a man/A knight without armor in a savage land/His fast gun for hire/A soldier of fotune..."

The second verse extolls him as, "A chess knight of silver is his badge of trust/There are campfire legends that the plainsmen spin /Of the man with the gun called Paladin..."

The ingredients are all there and have been there a long time ago, soldier of fortune, knight, black outfit, savage land and guns!  Yes, the knight rules the day with guns ablazing as history repeats itself? But perhaps with a different purpose?

PS:
BTW, the nearest I came to finding any Asian song or record image with a gun theme is the vinyl cover below. Do you have any gun song or record cover to share?


(*Ballad of Paladin: by Johnny Western, Richard Boone, and Sam Rolfe. Performed by Johnny Western).

Images: Google Collection.
You Tube video by: firsthighlander1
Original article: Andy Lim.

10 comments:

ANON said...

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Andy Lim* said...

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GUN VIOLENCE said...

SONGS DEALING WITH GUN VIOLENCE:

I Shot The Sheriff - Bob Marley/Eric Clapton

Gunsmoke - The Outlaws

Happiness Is A Warm Gun - The Beatles

Hurricane - Bob Dylan

I Don't Like Mondays - The Boomtown Rats

I Just Shot John Lennon - The Cranberries

I'm Gonna Get Me A Gun - Cat Stevens

Janie's Got A Gun - Aerosmith

Love Is A Good Thing - Sheryl Crow

Ohio - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

UPTIGHT said...

Just a fun western. Nothing serious. Why compare it to the cinema hall killing?

CARL DUKE said...

When I was a kid I used to think the lyric was a knight without HONOR in a savage land, which didn't make much sense.

Also as kids we used to sing Paladin, Paladin where do you roam, upstairs and downstairs and all through the

Andy Lim* said...

Well, like they say, everyonehas a point to make.

DOUG'S DARKWORLD said...

The first shooting incident like this in the USA was in 1949.

There have been dozens since then. Make of this what the gentle reader wants.

BOB said...

Comics, rock’n'roll, heavy metal, TV, video games, internet, all have been blamed to instigate violence over the years...

Comment from 'Doug's Darkworld'.

Andy Lim* said...

Updated posting on Friday, December 14th, 2012:

Another gunman's meaningless killing of 20 school children and 6adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Connecticut USA.

Question: When will it ever end?

Andy Lim* said...

America's worst shooting incidents:

1 Virginia Tech - 2007, 2 Amish Killings - 2006, 3 Columbine - 1999,4 Luby's Massacre - 1991, 5 Going Postal - 1986, 6 McDonald's Massacre - 1984, 7 Texas Tower Shooting - 1966.