Gimme Back My Bullets

Album: Gimme Back My Bullets (1976)
  • According to Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington in a 1992 Goldmine interview, this song is about the bullets Billboard charts use to signify a song is moving quickly up the chart. If a song is "#12 with a bullet," it is at #12 but will probably go higher next week. Skynyrd had not had a hit in a while and this was a message that they wanted to get back on the charts.
  • This song was about regaining dominance on the music charts, but Gimme Back My Bullets was the weakest selling album of Skynyrd's career to that point. It was their fourth release, and the first produced by the famous Atlantic Records engineer Tom Dowd, who was allowed to produce two bands outside of Atlantic every year (Skynyrd was on MCA).
  • This was never released as a single. The only single from the album was the non-charting "Double Trouble."
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded this with only two lead guitarists: Allen Collins and Gary Rossington. Third lead guitarist Ed King had left just before making this album. When this album didn't sell as well as expected, another guitarist, Steve Gaines, was brought in.
  • Fans started throwing bullets and other objects on stage when they performed this. They had to take it out of their set list because they were afraid someone was going to get hurt.

Comments: 10

  • G Ronstadt from TucsonOur cover band just decided to introduce some Skynyrd to our set list. This song is so dynamic, funky, recognizable but not overplayed and has a deeper meaning than one might expect from first listen. Love this song and it is lot of fun to play!
  • Joe from Plant City, Florida Nick, glad you are on board with Skynyrd. Listen to more of their stuff. If you like this song there are MANY others I know you’ll like too. Growing up in Florida in that era was the best. Lynyrd Skynyrd was always on the radio. Rock legends for sure!
  • Nick from Fresh Meadows, Nythis song is easily one of the best rock songs ive heard and im really big with the 90's, i actually just heard it for the first time the other day, my cousin told me about it and i took it for granted, but i finally heard it and its instant favorite who cares if the album didnt go platinum they've been around so long who do they have to impress, these young mindless rock stars we have these days, rock music went downhill faaast after the 90's, so its nice to hear something good
  • Nuthin Fancy from Cleveland, OhThis album was the only Skynyrd album that did not go platinum
  • Andy from Calgary, AbInteresting note: Leon was on record as being very unsatisfied with the mix on this song. I agree as the trebly sound of Pyle's cymbals take away from the rest of the song...
  • Sue from Cleveland, OhWeedeater does an excellent cover of this song.
  • Pete from Pleasant Mount, PaThis is a great album.
  • Ograstamon from Newkirk, OkJohnny: Why don't you take the confusing grammar and 'doubt' of the facts to a Republican or Christian forum where they'll be more at home?

  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaThe weakest selling! I doubt it, including their new albums.
  • Zac from Charlotte, NcThis is easily my favorite Skynyrd song
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