"Wild Bill Donovan" as written by and Ridgway....
In a time between two wars
When a slip could get you killed
A man appeared with a master plan
And they called him Wild Bill

He talked you 'round in circles
When he was done, yeah, you knew less
And he started up the company one
From what was left of the O.S.S. two

[Chorus:]
Wild Bill, Wild Bill
The secrets that he'd hold
Wild Bill, Wild Bill
He slept out in the cold

Now he was there in '45
When the good war had wound down
The enemy had all been caught
But some could not be found

The price of information
Sometimes takes a sacrifice
A secret traded for a life
But someone pays the price

[Chorus]

The world was on fire for Bill
He had to take control
The enemy was close at hand
The tanks were told to hold

But deep inside Bill's massive head
A master plan did bloom
Buy the information out
By sellin' a brand new tune

[Chorus]


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    General CommentIt's about William "Wild Bill" Joseph Donovan. The "company" = the CIA, and the "O.S.S." = Office of Strategic Services.
    Heaton August 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentRidgway wound up recording the song "Don't Box Me In" for tyhe Rumble Fish soundtrack with Stewart Copeland, whose father was a high ranking station chief in the CIA
    bafflewiton August 20, 2008   Link

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