February 3

Belated Happy Birthday to Warren Zevon

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In the hustle and bustle of getting ready and leaving for my golf outing in Mexico I forgot Warren Zevon’s birthday, which was Jan. 24, the day I left.
I’m not all that crazy about most of Zevon’s work, but I love Werewolves of London. It contains one of my two favorite lines in rock and roll.

I saw a werewolf drinking a Pina Colada at Trader Vics, and his hair was perfect.

My other favorite line comes from one of my all time favorite bands The Kinks.

My girlfriend’s run off with my car, gone back to her Ma and Pa, telling tales of drunkenness and cruelty.

It’s not just the words I like in both of these; it’s the syncopation.
At any rate, here is Warren doing his thing. Enjoy.
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  1. How about “a little old lady got mutilated late last night”?
    Zevon’s work is full of great lines. And I would think you would expecially like “My &%X’s *&#*ed Up.” I could go on forever.
    Right now I’m listening to his “Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School.” You want bittersweet romance? You’ve got “Empty-Handed Heart” (“and I’ve thrown down diamonds/in the sand”). Humor? “Gorrilla, You’re a Desperado” (“he bought a house on an acre of land/called it `Villa Gorilla’/Now I hear he’s getting divorced/Layin’ low at L’Hermitage, of course!”). Commentary? “Bill Lee” (“You’ve got to sit on your ass and nod at stupid things/Man, that’s hard to do”). A great rocker? “Wild Age.” (“You’ve seen him leaning on the streetlight/Listening to some song inside”).
    Take another listen — I don’t think you’ll be sorry.
    Hi Charlene–
    You’re right; those are all great lines.  Especially “A little old lady got mutilated late last night.”  Great alliteration.

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
    MRE 

  2. Save me, save me, save me from this squeeze.
    I’ve gotta big fat mama trying to break me.
    But I love to live so pleasantly
    Live this life of luxury
    Lazing on a sunny afternoon….
    I can’t get it out of my head now!!!
    From another Kinks fan
    Hi Suzique–
    I haven’t had it out of my head since I wrote the post.  I’m glad to hear that someone else is equally affected.

    Cheers–
    MRE 

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