West Ryder Silver Bullet was written by Sergio Pizzorno and is the 7th track on West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum.


West Ryder Silver Bullet is a duet with actress Rosario Dawson, whom the band met at Isle of Wight Festival 2007.[1] When it came to recording the song Serge thought it sounded like a Serge Gainsbourg duet but didn't want to go the obvious way of getting an "English Rose" to sing on it and contacted Dawson via a mutual friend, not knowing if she could sing at all.[2] Around March 2008 he flew to Los Angeles to record her vocals - while Tom did his at home - reportedly instructing her to imagine herself and Tom on a mission, like Mickey and Mallory from Natural Born Killers.[3][4]

Serge has described the two characters in the song as "lovers that are destined to be together, but kinda hate each other as well, but they can't live without each other, so they just go around robbing and living in a car."[5] In an interview with Q Magazine he said: "The idea is that Tom is West Ryder and she's Silver Bullet and the two of them are speedheads going through America. It's a road movie, like Two-Lane Blacktop with Dennis Wilson."[6] Alternatively, they could be inmates of the eponymous asylum, planning to blow it up.[3]

The song starts with a spoken word sample from the 1983 film Sans Soleil and was initially considered to be the opening track of the album until Tom suggested Underdog.[6]


West Ryder Silver Bullet was first played at the HMV Forum, London in October 2009 and kept in the set throughout most of the European tour and the arena tour that followed. For several dates of the arena tour they were supported by Dark Horses, whose singer Lisa Lindley-Jones joined the band to sing the female parts of the song. This was reprised at Brixton Academy in August 2010, one of the last gigs of the West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum Tour.


"This was going to start the album but we realised it'd work better in the middle. I think a lot of psychedelic music is funny and it began as a laugh, sea shanty pirate riff that I used to play on the guitar when I was pissed. It stuck in my head so I did some work on it, and suddenly it went a bit Japanese but also Ennio Morricone. The I wrote the second melody and thought it sounded like a Serge Gainsbourg duet. So we got Rosario Dawson in."
— Serge (Q Magazine, December 2009)



Live ReleasesEdit



Mist covers the ground in the city
Engine rumbles quiet as we drift by
I wish you could see
Through my crooked eye
(Silence let me whisper)
Oh your beauty plays me just like a guitar string

I want your touch
Oh how I want you far too much
She's my baby
He's my baby

Days drift into one, it's so pretty
Travelling Wilburys police photo fits
And this stolen car
(Cool hand)
Is loaded with junk
(Silence let me whisper)
It's so dirty
You'll be the death of me but that's okay
(We are the dark silver bullets flying through)

I want your touch
Oh how I want you far too much
She's my baby
He's my baby


  1. Kasabian continue to build their Empire
  2. NME, 17 January 2009
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kasabian on West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
  4. NME, 30 May 2009
  5. The Story of Kasabian, BBC Radio 1
  6. 6.0 6.1 Q Magazine, December 2009
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