Friday, September 22, 2006

Lawyers, Guns and Money

As I write this I am listening to the music of Warren Zevon which I recently came across through the title music at the beginning of the TV series Justice. The song they use is 'Lawyers, Guns and Money', which is quite brilliant in its simplicity.

He also wrote a few other songs which you might have heard before, 'Werewolves of London' and the much covered 'Carmelita' being two notable examples. I acquired a copy of his album 'Genius: the Best of Warren Zevon' and I must say that I am enjoying it very much.

His style is very folk and country music inspired, but with lashings of early pop music thrown in, in essence 70's West Coast (peyote inspired?) experimental fusion. It is very 70's but that isn't a bad thing in this case. It is a very relaxing, comfortable listen with lyrics that will put a grin or a small smile on your face every now and again if you are paying attention.

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, ha

I'm the innocent bystander
But somehow I got stuck
Between a 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

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

Send lawyers, guns and money
Send lawyers, guns and money
Send lawyers, guns and money
Send lawyers, guns and money
- Warren Zevon

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