Flash Pan Hunter (demo version)


The flash pan hunter sways with the wind
And his rifle is the sound of the morning
Each sulfureous bullet may have its own wit
And each cartridge comes with a warning
Beware of elaborate telescopic meats
They will find their way back to the forest
Wilhelm can’t wait to be Peg Leg’s crown
As the briar is strangling the rose back down

His back shall be my slender new branch
It will sway and bend in the breeze
As the devil does his polka with a hatchet in his hand
As a sniper in the branches of the trees
As the vulture flutters down, the snake sheds his dove
Wilhelm’s cutting off his fingers so they’ll fit into the glove
For Wilhelm can’t wait to be Peg Leg’s crown
And the briar is strangling the rose back down
The briar is strangling the rose back down


Words by William Burroughs
Music by Tom Waits
©1990 Jalma Music, Inc. / Nova Lark Music (ASCAP)



Recorded by Gerd Bessler in Hamburg in 1990


Track 7 on the bootleg album ‘Black Rider Outtakes’
Track 4 on the bootleg ‘Tales from the Underground Vol 4’