Tommy’s Got a Gun

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Written by Ric Albano and Hunter S. Thompson Song Length: 3:09
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Lyrics
The Hunter could not stand it no more,
Couldn’t stand his Aspen slums
He pranced about like a dignitary
But his heart paled to that of a bum
It was so easy to travel the “Heming” way

He reached out with both arms and he embraced surrender
For he could see no solace in yet another cheap bender
No longer was it easy to face the setting sun

So Tommy got his gun, away from life he chose to run
Project him towards the setting sun in six months

The Hunter could not fake it no more,
He could not shift the blame
For football season is over now,
There will be no more games
No more bombs, no more walking, no more fun
Tommy’s got a gun

You are getting greedy now, act your old age

17 more than we needed, 17 more than we wanted
Relax, this won’t hurt…

Composition © 2005 Ric Albano and Hunter S. Thompson
Publication © 2009, 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Composed on February 25, 2005
Recorded starting on August 10, 2009
at Saturation Acres (II), DuPont, PA
Produced by Ric Albano
Engineered by Bret Alexander
Mixed and Mastered in 2009
at Cygnus Wave Studios
Released: September 9, 2009
on Imaginary Lines 33

Performers
Ric Albano
Piano, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Erik Trabert
Electric Guitars
Ron Simasek
Drums
Listener Guide
Grade

Analysis: A simple but haunting song with lyrics that were fused together from different sources and points of view. Writer Hunter S. Thompson shot himself on February 20, 2005 and Ric Albano composed the original part of this song a few days later in response. Months later, the contents of Thompson’s suicide were revealed and much of that was lifeted ver batim for the ending of this song, including the final, chilling line; “relax, this won’t hurt”.

Song Trivia
Although Hunter S. Thompson has several music credits, mostly in the spoken word and “gonzo” genres, he is credited for composing songs for only two musical acts – Warren Zevon and Imaginary Lines.

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Imaginary Lines 33

Imaginary Lines 33Released on September 9, 2009

Imaginary Lines 33 is a compilation album which is actually three albums in one. It includes the entirity of two previous releases, Imaginary Lines I in 2005 and Imaginary Lines II in 2007, plus several new and previously unreleased tracks. In all, its 33 songs have a combined running time of nearly two and a half hours.

This album came together when the project’s producer, Ric Albano, decided to abandon the originally-planned “trilogy” of albums because he did not feel there was enough quality material to make an adeguate Imaginary Lines III. Instead the focus shifted to enhancing previously released material and developing the better songs of the unreleased music.

Disc One Writer(s) Previously Composed
 1. Crimson, White, & Indigo     Ric Albano Unreleased 02/03/06
 2. Sister Josephine Ric Albano Unreleased 08/08/08
 3. Rubicon Ric Albano Unreleased 03/01/09
 4. Princess of Pearl Avenue Ric Albano Unreleased 06/07/06
 5. 999 Escape Ric Albano Unreleased 11/03/08
 6. Tommy’s Got a Gun Ric Albano /
Hunter S. Thompson    
Unreleased 12/25/05
 7. Can’t Get My Mojo Risin’ Ric Albano Unreleased 07/02/09
 8. Ashes Ric Albano Unreleased* 10/09/08
 9. The Phoenix Ric Albano Imaginary Lines I     12/10/04
10. Good Friday Ric Albano Imaginary Lines I

03/22/02
11. Perfect Light Ric Albano Imaginary Lines I 06/23/04
12. Lorelei Ric Albano Imaginary Lines I 06/14/04
13. 33 Flames for Mary Ric Albano /
Ron Simasek
Imaginary Lines I

05/11/03
14. Anthem Ric Albano Imaginary Lines I 04/07/03
15. Donovan’s Dread Ric Albano Imaginary Lines I 05/17/05
16. Peace Ric Albano Imaginary Lines I 03/08/05
17. One Ric Albano Imaginary Lines I 08/03/04
Disc Two Writer(s) Previously Composed
 1. The Fool’s Overture     Ric Albano Imaginary Lines II 05/07/07
 2. She Said Ric Albano Imaginary Lines II 05/31/06
 3. Keep Doing What You Do Ric Albano Imaginary Lines II 03/10/06
 4. The Last Man to Walk Alone     Ric Albano Imaginary Lines II 02/28/06
 5. You Sure Were Fun Ric Albano Imaginary Lines II 12/19/05
 6. 33 Shots at Louis Ric Albano Imaginary Lines II 09/26/06
 7. Believe Ric Albano Imaginary Lines II 09/12/06
 8. A New Religion Ric Albano Imaginary Lines II 08/25/06
 9. The Cup Ric Albano Imaginary Lines II     03/02/06
10. The Old Man In the Sea Sue Kovaleski /
Ric Albano
Unreleased 03/17/06
11. Twilight of Innocence Ric Albano Unreleased 05/19/97
12. Here On the Beach Ric Albano Imaginary Lines II 04/20/06
13. Naked Ric Albano Imaginary Lines II

04/18/06
14. Deuce Ric Albano Unreleased 08/25/06
15. Half Hearted Ric Albano Unreleased 12/07/07
16. Long Way Home Ric Albano Imaginary Lines II 12/03/07

Imaginary Lines II

Imaginary Lines IIOriginal Release: December 27, 2007

The Fool’s Overture
She Said
Keep Doing What You Do
The Last Man to Walk Alone
You Sure Were Fun
33 Shots of Louis
Believe
A New Religion
The Cup
Naked
Here On the Beach
Long Way Home

Enhanced versions of songs later included on Imaginary Lines 33

Imaginary Lines I

Imaginary Lines IOriginal Release: October 10, 2005

Side One
The Phoenix
Good Friday
Perfect Light
Lorelei

Side Two
33 Flames for Mary
Anthem
Donovan’s Dread
Peace
One

All songs later included on Imaginary Lines 33

Imaginary Lines Songs

   Song  Year Length Track
 33 Flames for Mary 2003  5:57   13
 33 Shots at Louis 2006  3:07   23
 999 Escape 2008  3:20    5
 A New Religion 2006  4:11   25
 Anthem 2003  4:39   14
 Ashes 2008  1:16    8
 Believe 2006  4:19   24
 Can’t Get My Mojo Risin’ 2009  2:14    7
 Crimson, White, & Indigo 2006  4:13    1
 The Cup 2006  4:18   26
 Dawning of Decadence 1998  2:18  Bonus
 Deuce 2006  5:29   31
 Donovan’s Dread 2005  3:16   15
 Donovan’s Dread (Live) 2005  2:09  Bonus
   Song  Year Length Track
 Elitist Lament 2000  6:41  Bonus
 The Fool’s Overture 2007  4:12   18
 Good Friday 2002  7:50   10
 Half Hearted 2007  4:52   32
 Here On the Beach 2006  3:00   29
 I Don’t Want to Live Without It 2004  3:13  Bonus
 Keep Doing What You Do 2006  5:04   20
 The Last Man to Walk Alone 2006  3:49   21
 Long Way Home 2007  6:03   33
 Long Way Home (Original Version) 2007  6:14  Bonus
 Lorelei 2004  6:30   12
 Naked 2006  4:35   30
 The Old Man In the Sea 2006  3:54   27
 One 2004  5:47   17
   Song  Year Length Track
 Paradise 2004  3:20  Bonus
 Peace 2005  4:45   16
 Perfect Light 2004  4:26   11
 The Phoenix 2004  3:56    9
 Princess of Pearl Avenue 2006  4:22    4
 Rubicon 2009  2:33    3
 Rubicon (Live) 2009  2:42  Bonus
 She Said 2006  3:09   19
 Sister Josephine 2008  4:32    2
 Song For Diane (Don’t Give Up) 2008  3:28  Bonus
 Speak No Evil 2004  2:45  Bonus
 Tommy’s Got a Gun 2008  3:09    6
 Twilight Of Innocence 1997  7:02   28
 Welcome Home 1998  3:17  Bonus
 You Sure Were Fun 2005  4:16   22

 
 

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