“Ballad of a Well Known Gun” is the opening track from Elton John’s loose-concept album from 1970, Tumbleweed Connection. The song’s bluesy account of a weary fugitive coming… Read More 




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I pulled out my Stage Coach TimesAnd I read the latest newsI tapped my feet in dumb surpriseAnd of course I saw they knewThe Pinkertons pulled out my bagsAnd asked me for my nameI stuttered out my answerAnd I hung my head in shameNow they've found meAt last, they've found meIt's hard to runFrom a starving familyNow they've found meWell, I won't runI'm tired of hearingThere goes a well-known gunNow I've seen this chain gangLord, I say let me see my priestI couldn't have faced your desert sandOld burning brown backed beastThe poor house they hit me for my kinAnd claimed my crumbling wallsNow I know how Reno feltWhen he ran from the law
Now they've found meAt last, they've found meIt's hard to runFrom a starving familyNow they've found meWell, I won't runI'm tired of hearingThere goes a well-known gunNow they've found meLord I say at last they've found meIt's hard to runFrom a starving familyLord, I say now they've found meWell, I won't runI'm tired of hearingThere goes a well-known gunLord, I say, now they've found meAt last they've found meIt's hard to runFrom a starving familyNow they've found meAnd I won't runI'm tired of hearingThere goes a well-known gun
“Ballad of a Well Known Gun” is the opening track from Elton John’s loose-concept album from 1970, Tumbleweed Connection. The song’s bluesy account of a weary fugitive coming to grips with his inevitable capture introduces the album’s ongoing theme of perspectives from the American Wild West.

When Elton and Bernie Taupin first met Bob Dylan, on a staircase at the Fillmore East shortly after Tumbleweed Connection’s release, Dylan made a point to express that he “really liked the lyrics to ‘Ballad of a Well-Known Gun.”


John performing “Ballad of a Well-Known Gun” at his 60th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden. Until then the song had not been performed live since 1971.
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Ballad of a Well Known Gun by Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley & Now They've Found Me (Ballad Of A Well Known Gun) by Silver Metre


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