It could well be a lament for a friend with similar ideals to yourself who then goes on to embrace precisely what you both used to oppose, ie, the swamp. Apparently it's actually a lament for the self-destructive lifestyle of the actor, Peter Lorre.
November 16, 2013
I did enjoy that Between the Hammer and the Anvil post on thread about Norman Geras's passing or more specifically on the passing of his blog, Normblog. Someone, Chris Y left the following comment: