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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------##
From: mrubin@amanda.dorsai.org (mark rubin)

Ken Key uploaded this song originally but I think these cords are closer to
the recording on Excitable Boy.  I left Ken's lyric formatting and just
changed the cords . key@cs.utk.edu

Mark Rubin 
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 Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner
 Warren Zevon


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


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

 F          C                    G    Am
 Roland the Thompson gunner...
 F          C                    G    Am
 Roland the Thompson gunner...


     Am               C                            F
 His comrades fought beside him - Van Owen and the rest
 F                        C                      G
 But of all the Thompson gunners Roland was the best
        Am     C                       F
 So the CIA decided they wanted Roland dead
 F                       C    G                 Am
 That son-of-a-bitch Van Owen blew off Roland's head


 Chorus:                                      Harmony:
 C          G                 F        Am
 Roland the headless Thompson gunner         (Time, time, time
 D                A                           For another peaceful war
 Norway's bravest son                         But time stands still for
                                              Roland
                                              'Til he evens up the score)

 G        Am     G      C         G    F                    Am
 They can still see his headless body stalking through the night
        C               G                 Am
 In the muzzle flash of Roland's Thompson gun
        C               G                 F        Am
 In the muzzle flash of Roland's Thompson gun

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

 F                   C                    G    Am
 Roland the headless Thompson gunner...
 F                   C                    G    Am
 Roland the headless Thompson gunner...
 F                   C                    G    Am
 Roland the headless Thompson gunner...

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


All the A cords can be played as a regular A or  O O 2 2 O O,  [I forget
the name of this cord]

            
            
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