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...
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.
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.
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!
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me[at]-remove-thomascray.com - Thomas in Zion, IL
27Feb2022 4:29 PM (278 days 5 hours 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]-remove-usa.com - Gary M, Ohio
15Oct2021 5:12 AM (1 year 48 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
Fishboy - NN1, Old Europe
15Sep2003 6:30 AM (19 years 83 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]-remove-ndcls.ox.ac.uk - Oxford, UK
12Sep2003 3:54 PM (19 years 86 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-188.8.131.52 - Marcus Kallbrandt
30Mar2003 9:00 PM (19 years 252 days ago)
Palme was a good man.
2Aug2002 3:46 PM (20 years 127 days ago)
I'm amazed how much history I learn through the JB. Should I be embarrassed?
ecl[at]-remove-hotmail.com - oxford-esque
25Feb2002 9:50 AM (20 years 285 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.
pollymix[at]-remove-hotmail.com - Visby, SWEDEN
25Oct2001 4:45 PM (21 years 43 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...