//GORILLAZ SONGS//

Dirty Harry

The first complete and polished Gorillaz song to be heard in Phase Two: being released 20th January 2005 on a white label. Bits of the song itself are immediately recognised by the fans. It seems Gorillaz have made a song of a 2003 demo by Damon Albarn, 'I Need A Gun'. Damon released his solo album 'Democrazy' in a quantity of 5000 in November, 2003. He said that some of those songs were 'definately' ment for Gorillaz. Damon added some rap by rapper Booty Brown, Dangermouse added vocals of the 'San Fernandez Youth Choir', a violin part and that is what 'Dirty Harry' basically is. The lyrics remain the same as 'I Need A Gun' as well as the melody. When the song was first heard, it caused a lot of excitement within the Gorillaz fans community, but also angst. Some Gorillaz fans weren't used to rap by another artist but Phi Life Cypher or Del That Funkee Homosapien. These'd have to get used to it, since 'Demon Days' contained many rap tracks. Two other versions of the song, an a capella and a instrumental version, appear on certain 12" promos.


Official song credits

Written by Gorillaz and Bootie Brown
Performed by Gorillaz, rap by Bootie Brown, additional vocals by the San Fernandez Youth Chorus
Produced by Gorillaz, Dangermouse
Additional production by Jason Cox & James Dring
Mixed by Cox / Gorillaz / Danger Mouse at Pierce Rooms London
Engineered by Jason Cox
Programming by Danger Mouse / James Dring
Violins: Sally Jackson and Prabjote Osahn
Violas: Amanda Drummond and Stella Page
Cello: Isabelle Dunn
Double Bass: Al Mobbs and Emma Smith



Versions & availibility(Click links for exact discographical details)

Dirty Harry [3:49] - available on all versions of the album Demon Days (crossfades into 'Feel Good Inc')
Dirty Harry [3:49] - available on all versions of the album Demon Days and on the Dirty Harry single
Dirty Harry (Instrumental) [3:49] - available on the Dirty Harry single and on an instrumental version of the album
Demon Days
Dirty Harry (A Capella) [3:49] - available on the Dirty Harry single
Dirty Harry (Radio Edit) [2:42] - available on the a UK promo format of the Dirty Harry single only.
Dirty Harry (Live In Harlem) [?:??] - available on the exclusive iTunes EP of Dirty Harry



Live

Performed live at the 'Demon Days Live' residency at Manchester Opera House, UK, 1-5 November 2005. Also recorded live in session at Sarm Studios, weekend of 22-23 May 2005.



 
Lyrics:
 

I need a gun to keep myself from harm
The poor people are burning in the sun
But they ain't got a chance
They ain't got a chance
I need a gun
Cos all I do is dance
Cos all I do is dance

I need a gun to keep myself from harm
The poor people are burning in the sun
No, they ain't got a chance
They ain't got a chance
I need a gun
Cos all I do is dance
Cos all I do is dance

In my backpack
I got my act right
In case you act quite difficult
And your result
Weaken
With anger and discontent
Some are seekin
In search of
Like Nimoy
I'm a peace-loving decoy
Ready for retaliation
I change your whole location to a pine box six-under
Impulsive don't ask why or wonder
Orders given to me is
strike and I'm thunder with lightning fast reflexes on constant alert
from the constant hurt that seems limitless with no drop in pressure
Seems like everybody's out to test ya
'til they see you break
You can't conceal the hate
That consumes you
I'm the reason why you fill up your Isuzu
Chill with your old lady at the tilt
I got a 90 days extension
And I'm filled with guilt
From things that I've seen
Your water's from a bottle
mine's from a canteen
At night I hear the shots ring
So I'm a light sleeper
The cost of life seems to get cheaper
out in the desert
with a street sweeper
The war is over
So said the speaker with the flight suit on
Maybe to him I'm just a pawn
So he can advance
I remember when I used to dance
Man, all I want to do is dance

(Dance!)
(Dance!)
(Dance!)

I need a gun to keep myself from harm

 

 




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