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Old October 13, 2018, 09:52   #1
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Roland the Headless Thomposon Gunner

How have I never heard this song until now? The original was by Warren Zevon but I like this version much better...




Lyrics:
Roland was a warrior
From the Land of the Midnight Sun
With a Thompson Gun for hire
Fighting to be done
The deal was made in Denmark
On a dark and stormy day
So he set out for Biafra
To join the bloody fray
Through '66 and 7
They fought the Congo War
With their fingers on their triggers
Knee-deep in gore
The days and nights they battled
The Bantu to their Knees
They killed to earn their living
And to help out the Congolese
Roland the Thompson Gunner
Roland the Thompson Gunner
His comrades fought beside him
Van Owen and the rest
But of all the Thompson Gunners
Roland was the best
So the CIA decided
They wanted Roland dead
That son-of-a-bitch Van Owen
Blew off Roland's Head
Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner
Time Time Time for another week of war
Norway's bravest son
Time stands still for Roland til he evens up the score
They can still see his headless body
Stalking through the night
In the muzzle flash of Roland's Thompson Gun
In the muzzle flash of Roland's Thompson Gun
Roland searched the continent
For the man who'd done him in
He found him in Mombassa
In a bar room drinkin' Gin
Roland aimed his Thompson Gun
He didn't say a word
But he blew Van Owen's body
From there to Johanasburg.
Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner
Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner
Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner
Talkin about the man
Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner
The eternal Thompson Gunner
Still wanderin through the night
Now it's ten years later
But he still keeps up the fight
In Ireland, In Lebanon
In Palastine and Berkley
Patty Hurst
Heard the burst
Of Roland's Thompson Gun
And bought it.
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Old October 13, 2018, 10:00   #2
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Old October 13, 2018, 10:04   #3
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Very nice rendition!
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Old October 13, 2018, 11:13   #4
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Great song ..

If you dont know the back story of this is Zevon was in a bar in Spain rumor was the owner was a ex merc from the bush war days and regaled him with tales of the dark lands and the wars there ..And thus this song


I like Mr bad example also ...
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Old October 13, 2018, 11:21   #5
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"Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" is the best song ever recorded, and anyone who says otherwise is wrong.
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Old October 13, 2018, 17:31   #6
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"Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" is the best song ever recorded, and anyone who says otherwise is wrong.
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Old October 13, 2018, 19:26   #7
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Old October 14, 2018, 08:53   #8
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It was the flip side of the single, "Werewolves of London". Was in the jukebox of the local bike bar that I sometimes frequented some 35 years ago. The locals, when sufficiently lubricated, would sing along at the tops of their lungs when it was played.
Good times!
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Old October 14, 2018, 13:57   #9
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Roland is great, but this is my favorite. RIP, Warren.

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Roland is great, but this is my favorite. RIP, Warren.

Yes I like that one as well. Very catchy tune and hilarious
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IIRC, Roland was the last song he did publicly before he died. Might have been Letterman.
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