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Shot by Both Sides (3:59)

"Shot By Both Sides" is a song written by Howard Devoto and Pete Shelley and performed by the English post punk band Magazine, which appeared on their debut album Real Life in 1978 and was released as a single in the same year, reaching #41 on the UK charts.

The name of the song comes from a political argument between Devoto and his girlfriend, in which she said to him: "Oh, you'll end up shot by both sides."


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Magazine - Shot by Both Sides Lyrics


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  • Compared to the other 8 excellent songs on Real Life I find this song disappointing. Just a standard 3 chorus track for me. On the other songs I like the clever songwriting and even more the great lyrics.
  • You will never hear this for the first time ever again. How does that feel?
  • classic tune (2)
  • Fabulous. Havent heard this for such a long time.
  • that climax is ridiculous
  • dat riff
  • So glad I caught these guys live.
  • classic tune, seen them live. woo hoo!
  • has sub3000 organized a flashmob yet?
  • Even Muse ripped this off.

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