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Bob Dylan's 'Early Roman Kings' debuts in 'Strike Back' trailer

Cinemax has unleashed a new "Strike Back"promo featuring a new song from music legend Bob Dylan.

Dylan's "Early Roman Kings" plays over scenes from the Emmy-nominated thriller's second season. The action drama focuses on members of a top-secret counterterrorism unit known as Section 20.

"Early Roman Kings" is one of two Dylan songs that will be featured in the new season. "Scarlet Town" will make its world premiere over the end credits following the back-to-back debuts of the first two episodes Aug. 17. The song will play after separate plays of both episodes, which will also be available from Max On Demand and Max GO.

Both previously unreleased songs appear on Dylan's upcoming album "Tempest," set to drop Sept. 11, marking his 50th anniversary as a recording artist and his 35th studio release.

The "Early Roman Kings" clip gives viewers a hint at all the sticky situations Sgt. Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) and Damian Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) will find themselves in the first four episodes, including a firefight in Mogadishu, a terrorist ambush and a parachute drop in the desert. 

It's a bit spoilery concerning Season 2 guest star Rhona Mitra's character, Rachel Dalton, but it's kind of difficult not to spoil Rachel's role in the guys' new challenges. We also see cast members Rhashan Stone and Michelle Lukes, as well as guest stars Charles Dance, Vincent Regan, Shane Taylor, Tim Pigott-Smith and Anthony Oseyemi.

The song is perfect for the series, as is the show's theme song, "Short Change Hero" by The Heavy. That song plays over the show's opening title credits, which was recently nominated for an Emmy.

"Strike Back" returns at 9 p.m. Aug. 17 on Cinemax. Below are the lyrics to "Early Roman Kings," according to the Facebook page for The Bob Dylan Fan Club.

All the early Roman kings
In their shark skin suits
Bow ties and buttons
High top boots
Drivin' the spikes in
Blazin' the rails
Nailed in their coffins
Top hats and tails
Fly away over
Fly away flap your wings
Fly by night
Like the early Roman kings
They're peddlers and they're meddlers
They buy and they sell
They destroyed your city
They'll destroy you as well
They're lecherous and treacherous
A-Hell bent for leather
Each of 'em bigger
Than all men put together
Sluggers and muggers
Wearin fancy gold rings
All the women going crazy
For the early Roman kings

Copyright © 2015, RedEye
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