You Can't Get a Man with a Gun

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"You Can't Get a Man with a Gun" is a song from the 1946 musical Annie Get Your Gun, by Irving Berlin. It was originally performed by Ethel Merman.[1]

In the song, Annie Oakley sings about how a girl with talent as a sharpshooter nevertheless finds that her abilities do not help her attract men. She introduces herself with: "I'm quick on the trigger/with targets not much bigger/than a pinpoint I'm number one." The song is humorous in that she imagines different scenarios in which shooting a man will not make him fall in love with you, e.g. "A man may be hot/but he's not/when he's shot/oh, you can't get a man with a gun!" and "But you can't shoot a lover,/and use him for a cover/oh, you can't get a man with a gun!"



  1. ^ Magee, J. (2012). Irving Berlin's American Musical Theater. Broadway Legacies. Oxford University Press. p. 436. ISBN 978-0-19-991163-9. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Annie Get Your Gun (Original London Cast Recording) – Original London Cast, AllMusic, Overview". Ann Arbor, USA: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Suzi Quatro Timeline". Bristol, USA: Suzi Quatro Rocks – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Mission. Retrieved 11 May 2012.