My Father's Gun

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"My Father's Gun"
Song by Elton John
from the album Tumbleweed Connection
Released 30 October 1970
Genre Soft rock
Length 6:18[1]
Label Uni, DJM
Songwriter(s) Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Producer(s) Gus Dudgeon
Tumbleweed Connection track listing
"Son of Your Father"
"My Father's Gun"
"Where to Now St. Peter?"

"My Father's Gun" is a song by Elton John with lyrics by Bernie Taupin. It is the fifth track on his third studio album, Tumbleweed Connection.[1] The song tells the story of a young Confederate whose father has just been killed during the American Civil War. After burying his father in the South, he takes up his father's gun and goes off to rejoin the fighting, longing for a future after the victory of their cause. According to Elton, this was one of Bob Dylan's favourites when they first met in 1970. In live performances it was an extended ballad. John played the song in the same set as what became the 11-17-70 live album, though it has not been performed in concert since.

This song was also featured on the soundtrack to the film Elizabethtown, starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst.


  1. ^ a b "Tumbleweed Connection". Allmusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 

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