TAKE THE GUNS AWAY

by Nicolette Aubourg

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JUST RELEASED! TAKE THE GUNS AWAY is a cry for gun control and a tribute to victims and survivors of mass shootings and gun violence. I finished recording it a few hours before the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting, just six days before the El Paso & Dayton shootings.

Production by Erik Eldenius (drummer for Billy Idol) weaves a poignant and haunting tapestry of piano with acoustic guitar and vocals (Nicolette Aubourg), before culminating in the powerful rhythm section of bassist Jorgen Carlsson (of Gov't Mule) and drummer Eldenius which invokes the chaos, terror and tragedy of the final verse’s list of mass shootings.

The cover painting is by Dina Farris Appel ©

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Take the Guns Away (lyrics and music by Nicolette Aubourg ©)

We’re calling out to you who never hear them cry,
We’re calling out to you who never see them die,
We’re calling to you: take the guns away.

Is the right to use a gun more sacred than a life?
No consequence enough to make you change your mind?
The bullets ricochet the same way every day.
Take the guns away.

Echoes in the schools, through hallways and classrooms,
gunfire in theaters and places of worship,
‘cause when a man holds a gun, it is Fate that he becomes.
It was never meant to be - this sabotage of Destiny.
Take the guns away.

Columbine High School, Colorado, thirteen
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, thirty-two
Binghamton Civic Center, New York, thirteen
Fort Hood Military Base, Texas, thirteen
Aurora theater, Colorado, twelve
Sandy Hook elementary school, twenty-seven
Washington Navy Yard, D.C., twelve
San Bernardino Christmas party, fourteen
Orlando night club, forty-nine
Las Vegas music festival, fifty-eight
Sutherland Springs Baptist church, twenty-six
Douglas High School, Parkland, seventeen
Santa Fe High School, Texas, ten
Tree of Life synagogue, Pittsburgh, eleven
Border Bar, Thousand Oaks, twelve

To be continued...
To be continued...

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released August 21, 2019
Music & Lyrics by Nicolette Aubourg ©2019
Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Erik Eldenius
Mastering Engineer: Steve Holroyd
Nicolette Aubourg: vocals and acoustic guitar
Erik Eldenius: drums, piano, electric guitar
Jorgen Carlsson: bass
(P) Syresham Music/Nicolette Aubourg (ASCAP)
℗© Nicolette Aubourg 2019

Original painting by Dina Farris Appel ©

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Singer-guitarist Nicolette Aubourg was born in South Africa where she studied music and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and English Literature before moving to Los Angeles. Nicolette has released 3 albums and 4 singles. Her songwriting covers a variety of subjects including social justice and she has won many songwriting awards. ... more

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