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"Guns & Gold" is an unreleased song by Poppy. The song is an outtake from the Bubblebath EP. It was leaked on August 9th, 2018.[1]

Background

When a snippet of the song was first leaked, Titanic Sinclair claimed that the snippet was fake in a now-deleted reply to a fan on Twitter, though most fans doubted this statement.[2] An uploader could also receive a copyright warning from Island Records if the snippet was uploaded on YouTube.

Singer-songwriters Cat Pierce and Christian Langdon both helped co-write the song.

Theme

"Guns & Gold" is a slow song that includes instruments not common in Poppy's music, such as violin and piano. The song tackles controversial topics such as pollution, gun violence and corrupt corporations. The repeated lyric "Guns, gold and control" is likely referring to things that make humans feel powerful, such as owning firearms, money and control over other people.

The song is also speculated to be inspired by Mars Argo's video titled "Everybody Wants It All", as well as Argo's gun in the video.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Are you gonna shape up?
It's coming up tomorrow
Emission's all they gave us, but you wanna follow
Running underneath the surface of a broken town
I can't breathe the air up there, I walk it underground

[Chorus]
Guns, gold and control
Scoopin' up more than you can hold
Everybody wants it all
Wake up, they're watching us fall
Seeing your life in a crystal ball
Everybody wants it all
Everybody wants it all
Whoa-oh
Everybody wants it all

[Verse 2]
Can you buy the sky?
Or can you own the ocean?
Maybe when you die, you'll find a new devotion
Will you recognize it when you see it face-to-face?
Could you hold the weight of the world on your shoulder blade?

[Chorus]
Guns, gold and control
Scoopin' up more than you can hold
Everybody wants it all
Wake up, they're watching us fall
Seeing your life in a crystal ball
Everybody wants it all
Everybody wants it all
Everybody wants it all

[Bridge]
And when you have it all
Will you be happy then?
When will you have it all?
And when you have it all
Will you be happy then?
When will you have it all?

[Outro]
Guns, gold and control
Scoopin' up more than you can hold
Everybody wants it all

Wake up, they're watching us fall
Seeing your life in a crystal ball
Everybody wants it all
Everybody wants it all
Everybody wants it all

Audio

Poppy - Guns & Gold

Poppy - Guns & Gold

Trivia

  • On October 19th, 2018, Poppy made an edit to the Genius song bio of "Guns & Gold", stating "This song was written in 2012".
    • Unlike other unreleased songs that she edited, she did not replace the bio with "This is not a Poppy song" or "This is not a song by Poppy".
  • The original filename of the song is "Guns and Gold_LEGRuff_031114".
    • The leaked version is most likely a demo due to the original .mp3 file having "ruff" in the title, which is likely an abbreviation for "rough demo".

References

  1. https://soundcloud.com/thatpoppyarchive/guns-gold
  2. https://web.archive.org/web/20180427194924/https://twitter.com/titanicsinclair/status/856943316809560064

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