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What is the Aerosmith song ''Janie's Got a Gun'' about?

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December 24, 2006 10:18PM

The song 'Janie's Got a Gun' portrays the sad story of an abuse victim (Janie) who turns the tables on her abuser (her father) by shooting him. It was released in 1989, which later won Aerosmith a Grammy.'s_Got_a_Gun Lyrical Interpretation The song is about a girl named Janie who takes out revenge on her father after being abused; it is one of the few Aerosmith songs to deal with a heavy social issue. Aerosmith vocalist Steven Tyler says that he came up with the title and melody before he knew what direction he wanted the song to take. It had taken nine months to finish the lyrics; after Tyler read a Newsweek article on gunshot victims, he was able to connect the song with the theme of child abuse/incest. The line "He jacked a little bitty baby" was originally "He raped a little bitty baby," but was changed for commercial purposes. In addition, the line "...and put a bullet in his brain" was sometimes changed to "...and left him in the pouring rain" for the radio airplay version.