"Terror Couple Kill Colonel" as written by Daniel Gaston Ash, Kevin Haskins, David Jay and Peter John Murphy....
His eyes were heavy
He carried a card
One couple question
The other discharged
Terror couple kill colonel
in his West German home
Three shots from three feet
Dragged himself to the phone

Terror couple kill colonel
Terror couple kill colonel

And as he lay there
Playing games with his pain
He felt his choice of jobs
Was such a mistake
He could have been a doctor
In a soft easy chair
In stead he chose three stars
A territorial affair

Terror couple kill colonel
Terror couple kill colonel

In his West German home
In his West German home
In his West German home


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"Terror Couple Kill Colonel" as written by David Jay Daniel Gaston Ash

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    General CommentHis eyes were heavy
    He carried a card
    One couple question
    The other discharged
    Terror couple kill colonel
    in his West German home
    Three shots from three feet
    Dragged himself to the phone

    Terror couple kill colonel
    Terror couple kill colonel
    (...etc...)

    -Bauhaus, from In The Flat Field (1980)

    And here, apparently, is the story behind this cryptic song. The revolutionary German Red Army Faction, led by the "terror couple" of Ulrike Meinhof and Andreas Baader, bombed a United States Army headquarters in Frankfurt on May 11, 1972.

    Lieutenant Colonel Paul Bloomquist was in the officer's mess when the explosion hit. A shard of glass flew from the shattered window and embedded itself in Bloomquist's throat. He lay mortally wounded on the floor, unable to staunch the blood gushing from his jugular vein. It's doubtful that he was the target of the attack; he just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, the only fatality among many lesser injuries inflicted by three pipe bombs.

    Bauhaus took plenty of liberties with the lyrics, but this has got to be the origin.
    neekonon October 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbauhaus did not "expand" very much on the story, they give it nearly verbatim. i have a friend who was an army brat in the 1970's and lived in the same neighborhood as this u.s. army intelligence colonel who was killed. the GSG9 came to my friend's house. wish i could remember more or find more details.
    to someone familiar with the military the supposed dying regrets of the colonel do not seem so compellingly ironic. VERY FEW people in the military have any connection at all with killing. i was in MI and my colonel was an paper-shuffling administrator like any other, a babysitter for a huge herd of air-head kids and a few wannabe bad-asses.
    definitely one of my favorite bauhaus songs.
    skinneron November 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commentits funny, i had a past lover who used to call my dick the colonel. through several months of mating, she had a boyfriend who knew nothing of me. supposedly he was a kuk sool won instructor and he looks like jean-claude van damme. anyway i always imagined them killing me to this song.
    fleshon January 29, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"And as he lay there
    Playing games with his pain
    He felt his choice of jobs
    Was such a mistake
    He could have been a doctor in a soft easy chair
    Instead he chose three stars
    A territorial affair"

    Ironic - A colonel who orders to kill, is being killed, and says to himself "Oh dear, what was I thinking when I took that Job..".
    comprehends just then that killing - just what he did most of his life - is probably not such a good thing after all.

    And my favourit Bauhaus song.
    JpnGhton March 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthey wrote this song from a headline in the newspaper that read "terror couple kill colonel", and just expanded on the story
    aldaon May 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou got it alda
    simoonon June 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe live version tears the studio version to shreds. "press eject and give me the tape" is great, so check it out!
    penitenziagiteon May 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFound poetry
    Qarlyon July 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"they wrote this song from a headline in the newspaper that read "terror couple kill colonel", and just expanded on the story"

    Yes, my thoughts exactly.
    Roseweaveon November 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti wrote a whole fictional piece about this song - scribd.com/doc/49122149/… - check it out
    fictionalmixtapeon December 27, 2011   Link

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