My best friend's a butcher, he has sixteen knives
He carries them all over the town at least he tries oh look it stopped snowing
My best friend's from Poland and oh he has a beard
But they caught him with his case in a public place that is what we had feared

from Interpol – Roland Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

His best friend is a butcher and carries the knives he uses for work everywhere with him, he’s been warned before that carrying a knife in a public place is an offense but he chose not to take this advice and the police have caught him with 16 knives.

Alternatively was this song set back during World War 2 and is this Polish butcher also Jewish hence the beard reference and it’s not the Police who’ve caught him in a public place but the Nazi’s

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