I'm Gonna Get Me a Gun

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"I'm Gonna Get Me a Gun"
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Single by Cat Stevens
B-side "School is Out"
Released 24 March 1967
Format 7"
Genre Baroque pop, folk pop
Length 2:16
Label Decca/Deram
Songwriter(s) Cat Stevens
Producer(s) Mike Hurst
Cat Stevens singles chronology
""Matthew and Son""
"I'm Gonna Get Me a Gun"
""A Bad Night""

"Matthew and Son"
"I'm Gonna Get Me a Gun"
"A Bad Night"

"I'm Gonna Get Me A Gun" is a song that Cat Stevens wrote, composed, and recorded in 1967, and was produced by Mike Hurst of Decca Records's recently added Deram Records label. It was released as a 45 in the UK, reaching number 6 in the UK Singles Chart,[1] and it was featured on U.S pressings of his debut album Matthew and Son.


  • Cat Stevens - vocals
  • Alan Tew - orchestral arrangements


The song's protagonist is a young man who means to obtain a gun, out of frustration with his grinding, unfulfilling work and the lack of respect he apparently receives from his co-workers. The selection can be perceived as a kind of sequel to "Matthew and Son."[citation needed]

“I'm Gonna Get Me a Gun” was written, composed, and originally released in the middle 1960s, years before workplace violence became a major problem in the United States.



Year Chart UK Chart Position
1967 UK Singles Chart[1] No. 6


  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 529. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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