Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner

Warren Zevon

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  Roland was a  warrior from the Land of the Midnight  Sun  
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  With a Thompson gun for hire, fighting to be done  
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  The  deal was made in  Denmark on a dark and stormy  day  
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  So he set out for  Biafra to j oin the bloody  fray  

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  Through sixty-six and  seven they fought the Congo  war  
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  Fingers on their  triggers, knee-deep in  gore  
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  For  days and nights they  battled the Bantu to their  knees  
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  They killed to earn their  living and to h elp out the C ongolese  

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  Roland the  Thompson gunner...             
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  Roland the  Thompson gunner...             

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  His  comrades fought b eside him - Van Owen and the  rest  
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  But of all the Thompson g unners Roland was the b est  
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  So the  CIA dec ided they wanted Roland  dead  
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  That son-of-a-bitch Van  Owen  blew off Roland's  head  

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  Roland the  headless Thompson  gunner          (Time, time, time  
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  Norway's bravest son But time stands still for  
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  'Til he evens up the score)  

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  They can  still s ee his  headless b ody s talking through the n ight  
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  In the  muzzle flash of  Roland's Thompson  gun  
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  In the  muzzle flash of  Roland's Thompson  gun          

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  Roland searched the  continent for the man who'd done him i n  
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  He found him in  Mombassa in a barroom drinking  gin  
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  Roland aimed his  Thompson gun - he didn't say a  word  
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  But he blew Van Owen's  body from  there to  Johannesburg  

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  Roland the headless  Thompson gunner...             
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  Roland the headless  Thompson gunner...             
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  Roland the headless  Thompson gunner...             

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  The eternal Thompson  gunner, still wandering through the  night  
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  Now it's ten years  later but he still keeps up the  fight  
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  In  Ireland, in  Lebanon, in Palestine and  Berkeley  
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  Patty Hearst  heard the burst of  Roland's Thompson  gun  
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  And  bought it 

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