Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner

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Warren Zevon

Warren William Zevon /ˈziːvɒn/ (January 24, 1947 – September 7, 2003) was an American rock singer-songwriter and musician noted for including his sometimes sardonic opinions of life in his musical lyrics, composing songs that were sometimes humorous and often had political or historical themes. more »

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.

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  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.

Written by: WARREN WILLIAM ZEVON, DAVID ERIC LINDELL

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