A Camper Van Beethoven ode
, about fifteen years after the fact, to the woman
who was, briefly, America's beloved revolutionary sweetheart
, Patricia Hearst
. After her kidnapping
by the Symbionese Liberation Army
, her "eyes were opened", and she joined the struggle against The Man
yadda yadda yadda, even participating in a bank robbery
(for indeed she was "Photographed in fifteen second intervals / In a bank in San Leandro"; the security cameras caught her holding a machine gun
, but debate raged over whether or not the gun was actually pointed at anyone) and other assorted activities. Her new revolutionary
name was "Tania"; she ditched that "fascist insect" (obscure Doonesbury
reference), well-scrubbed collegiate-looking fiancé
Steven Weed, for one of her SLA compadres, William "Cujo
" Wolfe (Sorry, comrades, she's taken!
). Wolfe later died in a house fire, presumably started by the FBI
, and the SLA released a tape of Patty/Tania delivering a eulogy
, of sorts, to her fallen comrade/amour.
See also: SLA tape, 24 April 1974.