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Lurker
08-09-2003, 12:56:19
Warren Zevon died yesterday. I wouldn't pretend to know enough to argue where he sits in the pantheon of great singer-songwriters, but his music always struck a major chord with me. He was witty, often dark, but in an odd upbeat way, and irreverent. He rarely wrote a lyrically boring song.

As often happens, one's fondness for a particular artist is composed of more than just his songs. There is always the element of time and place you associate with the music. For me, I will never forget the tremendous, carefree feeling while riding in my old jeep, top down and doors off, on a warm summer night with "Mr. Bad Example" or "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" blaring over the wind.

Those days are gone. See you in Denver, Warren.

zmama
08-09-2003, 15:21:45
:cry:

He broke my "rule". Usually the artists whose songs I adore are shitty people in person. He was intelligent, kind and thoughtful and can never be replaced on this earth.

Funkodrom
08-09-2003, 15:23:26
Never heard of him.

zmama
08-09-2003, 15:28:33
I know that Rachel sent you his lyrics at the very least. And I believe a song or two.

Well, he went down to dinner in his Sunday best
Excitable boy, they all said
And he rubbed the pot roast all over his chest
Excitable boy, they all said


He took in the four a.m. show at the Clark
Excitable boy, they all said
And he bit the usherette's leg in the dark
Excitable boy, they all said
Well, he's just an excitable boy


He took little Suzie to the Junior Prom
Excitable boy, they all said
And he raped her and killed her, then he took her home
Excitable boy, they all said
Well, he's just an excitable boy
After ten long years they let him out of the home
Excitable boy, they all said
And he dug up her grave and built a cage with her bones
Excitable boy, they all said
Well, he's just an excitable boy

Funkodrom
08-09-2003, 15:33:56
Hmmm... Ok so is he famous as part of a band rather than on his own? I know, I could use google couldn't I.

Lurker
08-09-2003, 15:41:05
Carmelita

I hear mariachi static on my radio
And the tubes, they glow in the dark
And I'm there with you in Ensenada
And I'm here in Echo Park

(Chorus)
Carmelita, hold me tighter.
I think I'm sinkin' down.
And I'm all strung out on heroin
on the outskirts of town.

Well, I pawned my Smith and Wesson,
and I went to meet my man.
He hangs out down on Alvarado Street,
at the Pioneer Chicken stand

(back to chorus)

Well, I'm sittin' here playin' solitaire
with my pearl handled deck.
The county won't give me no more methadone
and they cut off your welfare check

(back to chorus)


Adam Duritz did an amazing cover of this on a CD called the I-10 Chronicles (or something like that).

zmama
08-09-2003, 16:43:32
All on his own...Tho he did a killer rendition of "Raspberry Beret" with a group called Hindu Love Gods.

Lawyers, Guns And Money

I went home with the waitress
The way I always do
How was I to know
She was with the
Russians, too?

I was gambling in Havana
I took a little risk
Send lawyers, guns and money
Dad, get me out of this hyeah

I'm the innocent bystander
Somehow I got stuck
Between the rock
and a hard place
And I'm down on my luck
Yes I'm down on my luck
Well I'm down on my luck

I'm hiding in Honduras
I'm a desperate man
Send lawyers, guns and money
The shit has hit the fan

All right
Send lawyers, guns and money
Huh!
Uh...
Send lawyers, guns and money
Uhh!
Send lawyers, guns and money
Hyah!
Send lawyers, guns and money
Ooh!
Yeah!
Yeah
Yeah...
Uh!

Warren was helpful and encouraging to friends of mine that opened for him. Most "stars" won't give you the time of day. And my friends weren't even fans of his...that is until they heard his concert. They had judged him on his *hit* "Werewolves Of London" as being a novelty kind of thing.

Lurker
08-09-2003, 17:09:34
I saw him about three years ago in a small venue in Manhattan. One of the things that I didn't realize was how good a pianist he was.

Funkodrom
08-09-2003, 17:42:01
I don't recall Rachel sending me any of his lyrics.

zmama
08-09-2003, 17:44:45
I remember her searching the house for his music... maybe it was just for posting and not sending

RedFred
09-09-2003, 03:31:02
He ranked up there with Frank Zappa and David Byrne for wonderfully funny offbeat lyrics:

Big gorilla at the L.A. Zoo
Snatched the glasses right off my face
Took the keys to my BMW
Left me here to take his place

I wish the ape a lot of success
I'm sorry my apartment's a mess
Most of all I'm sorry if I made you blue
I'm betting the gorilla will, too

They say Jesus will find you wherever you go
But when He'll come looking for you, they don't know
In the mean time, keep your profile low
Gorilla, you're a desperado

He built a house on an acre of land
He called it Villa Gorilla
Now I hear he's getting divorced
Laying low at L'Ermitage, of course

Then the ape grew very depressed
Went through Transactional Analysis
He plays racquetball and runs in the rain
Still he's shackled to a platinum chain

Big gorilla at the L.A. Zoo
Snatched the glasses right off my face
Took the keys to my BMW
Left me here to take his place

Lurker
09-09-2003, 12:16:58
Originally posted by zmama
All on his own...Tho he did a killer rendition of "Raspberry Beret" with a group called Hindu Love Gods.



I didn't realize it until reading one of his obits, but Hindu Love Gods are Warren with the REM band members other than Michael Stipe.

Accidently Like a Martyr

The phone don't ring
And the sun refused to shine
Never thought I'd have to pay so dearly
For what was already mine
For such a long, long time
We made mad love
Shadow love
Random love
And abandoned love
Accidentally like a martyr
The hurt gets worse and the heart gets harder

The days slide by
Should have done, should have done, we all sigh
Never thought I'd ever be so lonely
After such a long, long time
Time out of mind
We made mad love
Shadow love
Random love
And abandoned love
Accidentally like a martyr
The hurt gets worse and the heart gets harder

zmama
09-09-2003, 13:22:10
And the piano was from studying with Stravinsky
I'm still so sad :cry:

Lurker
09-09-2003, 14:38:49
Have you seen the show on VH1 about the making of his last album, I mean CD? They ran it again last night. It is excellent.

zmama
09-09-2003, 15:58:31
Damn...missed it again. I hope they run it again soon