Warren Zevon

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Warren Zevon (1947-2003)

Songwriter and Musician


  • Well, first of all, let me say that I might have made a tactical error in not going to a physician for 20 years. It was one of those phobias that really didn’t pay off.
    • Interview on "Late Show with David Letterman", October 30, 2002
  • "I wrote my songs despite the fact that I was a drunk, not because of it"
  • Enjoy every sandwich
    • Advice, given by Warren on the David Letterman Show when he knew he had terminal Mesothelioma, October 30, 2002

Song Lyrics

"I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" (1976)

  • I'll sleep when I'm dead.

"Desperados Under the Eaves" (1976)

  • "Don't the sun look angry through the trees?/Don't the trees look like crucified thieves?"
  • "Don't the sun look angry at me?"

"Werewolves of London" (1978)

  • I saw a werewolf drinking a piña colada at Trader Vic's...his hair was perfect.

"Lawyers, Guns & Money" (1978)

  • Send lawyers, guns and money.

"Sentimential Hygiene" (1987)

  • "Every day I get up in the morning go to work and do my job whatever."- Sentimental Hygiene

"Long Arm of the Law" (1989)

  • "When I was young, times were hard. When I got older it was worse."

"Mr. Bad Example" (1991)

  • I'm very well acquainted with the seven deadly sins/I keep a busy schedule trying to fit them in/I'm proud to be a glutton and I don't have time for sloth/I'm greedy and I'm angry and I don't care who I cross — (Mr. Bad Example)

"Life'll Kill Ya" (2000)"

  • Life'll kill ya.

"My Shit's Fucked Up" (2000)"

  • My Shit's Fucked Up. It had to happen to the best of us. The rich folk suffer like the rest of us, it will happen to you.


  • "I got to be Jim Morrison a lot longer than he did."