Please provide the details of your appeal, including why you believe this target has been incorrectly moderated. 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. Note - Autoplay has been disabled for this video. Afterward, he continues "wandering through the night". BitChute is a peer-to-peer content sharing platform. There is nothing in the song that indicates that Roland is specifically from Norway, its just as probable that he is from Sweden. The owner was David Lindell, an ex-merc (in Africa) - or so the mystique went. Anyway, I was as hammered as anyone so my accuracy here is suspect. An error has occurred whilst processing your request! Mercenaries. Roland is betrayed and murdered by a fellow mercenary, Van Owen, who blows off his head. If the issue persists, then please contact us at [email protected]. *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. Zevon often uses puns. I think the article describes the song as far too heroic in nature. David Lindley and his band El Rayo X recorded and performed several Zevon covers including lawyers guns and money and werewolves of London. It was the last song he performed in front of an audience, on The Late Show with David Letterman, before his death in 2003. "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" is a song composed by Warren Zevon and David Lindell and performed by Zevon. For a better BitChute user experience,Login or Register now! It was first released on Zevon's 1978 album Excitable Boy. Note: For copyright infringement counter claims see the Terms & Conditions. as the idea, or "bought it" , as in "bought the farm"? 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. The paragraph about mercenaries toward the end seems a bit of a digression - one which I'm happy to contribute to on this page. In Ireland, in Lebanon, in Palestine and Berkeley Given that Zevon specifies "blew his body," there seems to be an implication that he may not have blown the head. Roland becomes the phantom "headless Thompson gunner" and eventually has his revenge, when he catches Van Owen in a Mombasa bar and guns him down. A Thompson isn't exactly a crew-served weapon - it's a SMG, firing a pistol cartridge. 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 … Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner by Warren Zevon song meaning, ... not the Bantu. --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). Please provide the email address associated with your account to receive the password reset instructions. Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner 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 … Thoughts? David lindley was one of many fellow musicians playing with Warren onhis final public performance." It's a close-engagement weapon with little accuracy & before modern assault weapons that put the gunner at high risk, Although the Thompson was pretty much obsolete by the 1960s, Larry Devlin, CIA chief of station in Leopoldville from 1960-67, claims to have illicitly purchased one from a mutinous Congolese soldier. He earns a reputation as the greatest Thompson gunner, a reputation that attracts the attention of the CIA. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_of_the_midnight_sun. He earns a reputation as the greatest Thompson gunner, a reputation that attracts the attention of the CIA. It is, however, an excellent conception - maybe the only conception - of European mercenaries in Africa (including their assassinations by the CIA and hanging out drinking in bars). 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. Did Roland keep the head to replace the one Van Owen shot off? , I had always believed that this song was a modern reworking of The Song of Roland, the French epic poem. The video is of the Congo War. - Troutmasquerade, The paragraph about mercenaries toward the end seems a bit of a digression - one which I'm happy to contribute to on this page. Roland becomes the phantom "headless Thompson gunner" and eventually has his revenge, when he catches Van Owen in a Mombasa bar and guns him down. But in early August 1964 Stanleyville—present-day Kisangani, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo—fell to black magic. We will investigate and inform you of the outcome. Of course, I can't prove any of that; but isn't that the point? "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" is a song composed by Warren Zevon and David Lindell and performed by Zevon. There's a lot of poetic license in describing someone as a "Thompson Gunner." "and to help out the congelese" not violence for the sake of violence but ( earn a living) and help a cause. depending on how drunk & raucous the crowd was, replete with 'outrage', threats, sing-along chorus, v. heavy drinking etc. The eternal Thompson gunner Mike Westcott from Leprechaun wants a word with you. Check out: The song is a favorite of screenwriter David Koepp. Zevon performed this song in Siges, Spain in an expat English/Irish Pub in the late summer of '73 or 4. Anyone heard of this elsewhere, perhaps in a reliable source? As I recall, Zevon would occasionally transpose words e.g "That Son-of-a Bitch Dave Lindell blew off Roland's (or Zevon's) head". Please add any additonal comments that will help with the assessment of your report here. [Lyrics]Roland was a warriorFrom the Land of the Midnight SunWith a Thompson gun for hireFighting to be doneThe deal was made in DenmarkOn a dark and stormy daySo he set out for BiafraTo join the bloody fray, Through sixty-six and sevenThey fought t…, Through sixty-six and sevenThey fought the Congo warWith their fingers on their triggersKnee-deep in goreFor days and nights they battledThe Bantu to their kneesThey killed to earn their livingAnd to help out the Congolese, [Chorus]Roland the Thompson gunnerRoland the Thompson gunner, His comrades fought beside himVan Owen and the restBut of all the Thompson gunnersRoland was the bestSo the CIA decidedThey wanted Roland deadThat son-of-a-bitch Van OwenBlew off Roland's head, [Chorus]Roland the headless Thompson gunner(Time, time, time for another peaceful war)Norway's bravest son(But time stands still for Roland 'til he evens up the score)They can still see his headless bodyStalking through the nightIn the muzzle flash of Roland's Thompson gunIn the muzzle flash of Roland's Thompson gun, Roland searched the continentFor the man who'd done him inHe found him in MombasaIn a barroom drinking ginRoland aimed his Thompson gunHe didn't say a wordBut he blew Van Owen's bodyFrom there to Johannesburg, [Chorus]Roland the headless Thompson gunnerRoland the headless Thompson gunnerRoland the headless Thompson gunner(Talkin' about the man)Roland the headless Thompson gunner, The eternal Thompson gunnerStill wandering through the nightNow it's ten years laterBut he still keeps up the fightIn Ireland, in LebanonIn Palestine and BerkeleyPatty Hearst heard the burstOf Roland's Thompson gun and bought it, [Lyrics transcribed by The Ghost of Ian Smith in June of 2019]--A new version of the great song Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner by Warren Zevon and David Lindelhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roland_the_Headless_Thompson_GunnerIt is sung by Lauren O'Connellhttps://www.laurenoconnell.com/. To complete the login process, please enter the one time code that was sent to your email address. Moments later a bare-chested witch doctor walked up the street, chanting and waving palm branches to sweep the city of government troops—and it worked. Zevon & Lindell had great rapport. The song is "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" by Warren Zevon. It's interesting that the lyrics say he "blew Van Owen's body / From there to Johannesburg." Roland is betrayed and murdered by a fellow mercenary, Van Owen, who blows off his head. Patty Hearst heard the burst of Roland's Thompson gun and bought it, I think the article should be edited to make the ambiguous and often sarcastic nature of the song more obvious. 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.
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