Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner - chords, tab and comments

At the bottom you'll find a link to the complete lyrics.

From Warren Zevon's third album "Excitable Boy"(1978) : about mercenaries in the aftermath of the Congo Crisis during the late sixties, co-written by David Lindell, who actually had been there. The headless norwegian mercenary became Zevon's last performance before his death in 2003: on Late Show with David Letterman 30th of October 2002.
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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 join the bloody fray

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Roland the Thompson gunner

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... Roland the headless Thompson gunner
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Norway's bravest son ...

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... Patty Hearst heard the burst of Roland's Thompson gun
G    Am
and bought it
A minor
C major
F major
G major
F major seventh
Warren Zevon