Last edit on Aug 05, 2014. It tells a twisted little ghost story about Roland, a Norwegian machine-gunner: Roland travels with mercenaries in Africa who, the song explains with a typically Zevonian cynicism, “killed to earn their living—and to help out the Congolese.” Roland’s skill with the Thompson gun attracts negative attention from the CIA, which convinces his comrade Van Owen to blow his head off, as the song’s chorus transitions from singing the praises of “Roland the Thompson gunner” to the titular monstrosity. *Septegram*Talk*Contributions* 22:21, 25 April 2016 (UTC), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_of_the_midnight_sun, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Talk:Roland_the_Headless_Thompson_Gunner&oldid=974095846, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 21 August 2020, at 02:36. Jesse James, “Frank And Jesse James” and “Poor, Poor Pitiful Me” (from Warren Zevon, 1976)Throughout his career, singer-songwriter Warren Zevon penned ballads and rockers grounded in specific types: the outlaws, addicts, creeps, and misguided romantics he often ran with himself. as the idea, or "bought it" , as in "bought the farm"? Zevon wrote a lot of songs that could serve as his epitaph—including the nakedly personal “Keep Me In Your Heart,” his final song on his final album—but if you’re looking for a handy way to encapsulate The Zevon Doctrine, look to a song on his self-titled album. depending on how drunk & raucous the crowd was, replete with 'outrage', threats, sing-along chorus, v. heavy drinking etc. It was first released on Zevon's 1978 album Excitable Boy. Zevon performed this song in Siges, Spain in an expat English/Irish Pub in the late summer of '73 or 4. I've heard, but can't be certain that Roland and Van Owen were real men, but the story fits the Headless Horseman and Song of Roland mold pretty well, too. 15. Mr. Bad Example, “Mr. Roland was a warrior from the Land of the Midnight Sun. While in real life, Mancini was (though blameless) stricken with remorse for his opponent’s death, Zevon gave the song an unrepentant swagger: “They made hypocrite judgments after the fact,” he snarls, “but the name of the game is be hit and hit back.” In spite of the album’s title, Zevon’s view of the sweet science was decidedly unsentimental, and the song has lived on long past the infamy of its subject, who’s now retired and working as a producer and fight consultant in Hollywood. Warren William Zevon (January 24, 1947 - September 7, 2003) was an American rock singer-songwriter and musician noted for including his unique and sometimes sardonic opinions of life in his… Exacting a horrible revenge on the treacherous Van Owen, Roland goes on to become a sort of wandering spirit of violence, appearing in a travelogue of hot spots (Ireland, Lebanon, Palestine, and Berkeley). Of course he didn't say a … Wild-ass speculation, I know. In his younger years, when he asked his bandmates why they never let him take guitar solos, one of them responded, “Warren, you have good ideas, but you’re just too excitable.”. Sweet, soulful rock ’n’ roll, blaring from the unlicensed radio station run by that saint among men, Mohammed. Other songs such as "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" and "Lawyers, Guns and Money" used deadpan humor to wed geopolitical subtexts to hard-boiled narratives. If the CIA and their puppet Van Own ( who is painted as less moral than Roland if only because he killed his comrade, just money and spent in drinking gin) then I see the listing of freedom fighters at the end as a group whom Roland continues to inspire, even if it doesn't always end well. The Excitable Boy, “Excitable Boy” (from Excitable Boy, 1978)By the time he released Excitable Boy in 1978, Zevon had already set the pattern for what his best songs would sound like: a classic rock ’n’ roll sound expertly played beneath freaky little character studies, delivered with a strong dose of black humor. Which just goes to show that even if people pay their money to see some antisocial idiot put on a show, said idiot still has the option to thrill them another way. Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner This song is by Warren Zevon and appears… on the album Excitable Boy (1978) on the compilation album A Quiet Normal Life - The Best Of Warren Zevon (1986) on the live album Learning To Flinch (1993) on the … Difficulty: intermediate. About 3 weeks ago. At first he’s harmless, dressing up for dinner and then smearing food all over himself, but later, he moves on to attacking theater employees, and finally becomes a grisly sex murderer. His best-known compositions include "Werewolves of London", "Lawyers, Guns and Money", "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner"… read more. 5 + Follow - Unfollow Posted on: Nov 27, 2020 . Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner (2007 Remaster) - YouTube The [Bm] deal was made in [D] Denmark on a dark and stormy [G] day [G] So he set out for [D] Biafra to j … Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed. There's a lot of poetic license in describing someone as a "Thompson Gunner." Roland the headless thompson gunner Norway's son won't stop till he sums up the score They can still see his headless body stalking through the night In the muzzle flash of Roland's thompson gun (2x) Roland searched the continent for the man who done him in He found him in Mombasa in a barroom drinking gin Roland aimed his thompson gun, he didn't say a word But he blew Van Owen's … 2. The result? David Lindley and his band El Rayo X recorded and performed several Zevon covers including lawyers guns and money and werewolves of London. No retribution is coming. “Frank And Jesse James” is the first song on Zevon’s self-titled 1976 album, but it isn’t the last time Jesse James gets mentioned on the record. From the very first question the song poses—“How you gonna make your way in the world, woman, when you weren’t cut out for working?”—“The French Inhaler” is a savage portrait of a drunk who wants to be an actress but knows she’ll never succeed. In short, he was just the kind of character that appealed to Zevon: smart, unconventional, and attracted to danger. Warren Zevon [Bm] Roland was a [D] warrior from the Land of the Midnight [G] Sun. The deal was made in Denmark on a dark and stormy day. --Davecampbell 23:46, 15 August 2006 (UTC), Total different situation and any reference would be a biased reach at best.Towers84 20:59, 21 July 2007 (UTC). Bruce Springsteen, “The Indifference Of Heaven” (from Learning To Flinch, 1993)First introduced on the 1993 acoustic live album Learning To Flinch, then reprised on the elegiac 1995 album Mutineer, “The Indifference Of Heaven” is a beautiful song about the deep ugliness that defines human existence. 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 Norway's bravest son Time, time, time For another peaceful war But time stands still for Roland … Thompson Gunners - Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner, Warren Zevon Vintage 1 Flag Banner Flags 3 * 5 In: Amazon.nl I just don't find him very interesting. It’s a slippery slope from protecting privacy to outright madness, and in “Splendid Isolation,” Jackson is on his way to the latter, and likely whistling a happy tune as he goes. A Thompson isn't exactly a crew-served weapon - it's a SMG, firing a pistol cartridge. 13. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 84.177.41.209 (talk) 16:59, 25 January 2008 (UTC), Bought "it". Pustelnik (talk) 01:41, 1 April 2009 (UTC), I believe that Zevon borrowed most of this song from an Army cadence that I know was in use in '73. Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner. 12. It’s extraordinary how little impulse there is to define oneself as a human being in Elvis’s life.”. Perhaps "shortly before his death" would be better? "and to help out the congelese" not violence for the sake of violence but ( earn a living) and help a cause. Zevon & Lindell had great rapport. David lindley was one of many fellow musicians playing with Warren onhis final public performance." I think the article describes the song as far too heroic in nature. 16. For example, most songs and stories about The James Gang focus on the moment when “that coward Robert Ford” gunned the outlaw Jesse James down, but Zevon goes back further, spending two of the three verses in “Frank And Jesse James” describing the boys’ days as Missouri bushwackers during The Civil War, and proposing that they went rogue by circumstance, because they chose to side with “the poor Missouri farmers” over The Union. Of course, I can't prove any of that; but isn't that the point? The owner was David Lindell, an ex-merc (in Africa) - or so the mystique went. - I had to Google up the Bar owner's actual name. In “Poor, Poor Pitiful Me,” Zevon compares a sadistic lady he meets in West Hollywood to Jesse James, implying that while she may be a bad girl, hey… she just can’t help it. Most performers do not perform after their deaths so this is not a bolt from the blue. In the Zevon cosmology, Mohammed is kin to Johnny in the 1978 rocker “Johnny Strikes Up The Band,” which is another song about a guy who just wants to chase away people’s problems with music that makes them feel good. Zevon and Mancini were friends, and for his 1987 LP Sentimental Hygiene, the singer penned a tune tracking the fighter’s career. 15 . Warren Zevon - Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner - YouTube 1,312 views, added to favorites 17 times. With a Thompson gun for hire, fighting to be done. Hier in een cover van Lauren O’Connell, met beelden uit een Italiaanse documentaire over huurlingen in … He gets knocked cold by a Finnish bruiser, but the puck goes in. G D Em Bm Roland the headless Thompson gunner...(talkin’ about the man) G D Em Bm Roland the headless Thompson gunner... [Verse 4] Bm D G … You write that Zevon used some poetic license regarding the dates; I wonder if it was meant more to emphasize the "hidden" nature of some of the operations that _must_ have been going on, especially with CIA involvement. From Warren Zevon's popular song, this Norwegian warrior lost his head, but is still fighting. The unnamed character in this 1976 song bears more than a passing similarity to Zevon’s stock male narrators: alcoholic, dissipated, broke, and delusional. It is the last song he ever performed in front of an audience, on The Late Show with David Letterman, before his death in 2003. That is, so long as you aren’t one of the helpless, gullible people that Mr. Bad Example leaves in the lurch—whom Zevon makes sure to cite. Buddy The Hockey Player, “Hit Somebody! The incongruity between the happy little tune and the dark content is what makes “Excitable Boy” one of Zevon’s most memorable songs, but typically, there’s a final twist: The title is actually Zevon’s nickname. View interactive tab. Zevon made up some of these; others were real. Showbiz site, Zevon said, “I’m being a little cute about it. 7 0 0. The Nameless NarratorIt’d be a mistake to consider all of Zevon’s first-person songs as autobiographical, but there does seem to be a connection between all the barflies and desperate characters who tell their stories through Zevon. The Gorilla, “Gorilla, You’re A Desperado” (from Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School, 1980)In one of Zevon’s most whimsical songs, a big ape snatches the glasses off the narrator’s face, then proceeds to take over his life: stealing his car, moving into his apartment, and making his wife miserable. Mohammed, “Mohammed’s Radio” (from Warren Zevon, 1976) & Johnny, “Johnny Strikes Up The Band” (from Excitable Boy, 1978)In an eerie evocation of our current cable-news-and-blog-addled condition, Zevon’s 1976 ballad “Mohammed’s Radio” begins by warning, “Everybody’s restless and they've got no place to go / Someone’s always trying to tell them something they already know / So their anger and resentment flow.” The remedy? 1. Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner (better) blinboi135. Given that Zevon specifies "blew his body," there seems to be an implication that he may not have blown the head. Philip Habib, “The Envoy” (from The Envoy, 1982) Although the name of the hard-nosed, multi-talented diplomat in Zevon’s 1982 song “The Envoy” is never mentioned, it’s an open secret that it was written to honor the Arab-American statesman Philip Habib. About 3 weeks ago. Lyrics to "Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner" by WARREN ZEVON: 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 / … 7. I'm pretty sure the meaning of the song is actually pretty sarcastic on a lot of levels - Roland is actually a pretty despicable figure, which I think is the actual point of the song. By then, Mancini was less famous for his title bouts than for his match against Korean boxer Duk Koo Kim, who died of brain injuries a few days after the two fought. , '' there seems to be taken of some of the Midnight [ ]! 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