The Jazz Butcher


Olof Palme
Western Europe's still a civilized place
Despite those Americans all over the place
But just the other week, i saw it take a little dive

I have always believed that if you're lucky enough
To have a leader who is friendly, decent, honest and just
And not a Tory
You'd better keep him alive

So why'd they go and shoot Olof Palme
Why'd they go and gun that good man down.

Well, you didn't read about him in the English papers much
But he used to govern Sweden with a magic touch
Everybody liked him even though the liquor prices were high
And my god are they high

But all the taxation helped to pay the bills
For stuff like better work conditions and the curing of ills
It made sense, and ladies and gents that's why...

That's why I think we ought to have a drink for Olof Palme
Yes I think we ought to drink one to his name
( Pat Fish : Everyone except Max, who's playing guitar)
( Max Eider : Oh Gawd!)

Oh, what'd they have to go and shoot him for
Plenty of Prime Ministers deserve it much more
He was only coming home from the Cinema
And they shot him

Well, I don't know much about your politics
I only pick up stupid little bits that stick
But I wish they hadn't shot Olof Palme
Oh yes I wish they hadn't shot Olof Palme
Oh yes I wish they hadn't shot a good man down.

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VA: Abigail's Birthday Party
Contribution: Olof Palme

The Jazz Butcher contribution coincided with the release of The Gift of Music. Here again, this compilation-tape came with a fanzine and was also available as a limited package with the "Uncle Arthur's Pop Parlour" compilation-tape in addition.

Credit: Perfection As A Hipster 2000-10-10 (Tuesday, 10th of October 2000 - 22 years 243 days ago)

1984, my friend Dave Seabright bought the ‘Marnie’ 7” and I bought the 12”. ‘Butch’ became my first musician ‘mate’. I don’t mean we used to hang out and drink together but for a while we corresponded regularly: letters and postcards, long phone calls and we’d swap tapes and suggest bands that each other should listen to.

When Dave Driscoll and I decided to put the ‘Abigail’s Birthday Party’ tape together, we approached a number of bands asking for contributions. There were a lot of no replies and a lot of "nothing to spare" messages which put a huge dent in our confidence. Then we received a tape from Pat with about half a dozen songs to choose from! That’s how we ended up with ‘Olof Palme’, an exclusive at that time!

Credit: Tony Jenkins 2021-12-18 (Saturday, 18th of December 2021 - 1 year 169 days ago)
[VA: Abigail's Birthday Party cover thumbnail]

Live Stats

26 documented performances (click to explore)
1985 1 (JBC)
1987 16
2 (Pat Solo)
14 (JBC)
1988 2 (JBC)
1989 4 (Pat Solo)
2017 1 (JBC)
2020 1 (Pat Solo)
2021 1 (Pat Solo)


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  • Olaf Palme
    me[at] - Thomas in Zion, IL
    27Feb2022 4:29 PM (1 year 98 days ago)
    Has anyone worked out the chords for Olaf Palme? I was working on it this morning - nice changes!
  • Olaf Palme on YT
    garym[at] - Gary M, Ohio
    15Oct2021 5:12 AM (1 year 233 days ago)
    Turns out that this track is on good old YouTube (spelt Olof Palme) but a nice clean version.

    At least as of Oct 2021

    Maybe Olaf and Pat are enjoying some high-priced spirits somewhere now?

    Rest in Peace gents
  • Anna Lindh
    Fishboy - NN1, Old Europe
    15Sep2003 6:30 AM (19 years 268 days ago)
    Can't believe this has happened again.

    Not so long ago Goran Persson was joking with the UK press. "Yes, send us your anti-Euro campaigners. They are all mad and good for the "yes" vote. Come on, Britain, send us your loonies."
    Well, I imagine he feels a bit stupid about that now.

    And now we all know how the anti-Euro lobby behaves.

  • Tab for Olaf Palme ??
    steve.hyde[at] - Oxford, UK
    12Sep2003 3:54 PM (19 years 271 days ago)
    Can anyone help a terrible tone deaf guitarist (me) play the
    greatest song of all time ?

    Tab or chords would help
  • Palme is nice
    Yensnaps[at]-remove- - Marcus Kallbrandt
    30Mar2003 9:00 PM (20 years 72 days ago)
    Palme was a good man.
  • Olof Palme
    2Aug2002 3:46 PM (20 years 312 days ago)
    I'm amazed how much history I learn through the JB. Should I be embarrassed?
  • olof palme
    ecl[at] - oxford-esque
    25Feb2002 9:50 AM (21 years 105 days ago)
    This remains my fav JBC song. I have had in my head for the last 11 years, I think. I even once quoted the lyrics in a comparative politics lecture.
  • Why?
    pollymix[at] - Visby, SWEDEN
    25Oct2001 4:45 PM (21 years 228 days ago)
    Why doen´t anybody like this song? Well... it´s nice, but looking for OLOF Palme, you wouldn´t find it, because that´s his name...