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Warren Zevon – Lawyers, Guns, and Money

An evening pause: Recorded live April 1980. This seems appropriate for today.

Hat tip Cotour.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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  • Love me some Warren Zevon. I have this album (Excitable Boy 1978),and I think that is one of his best songs. Had the opportunity (privilege, really), to see Mr. Zevon in a nightclub setting in the early 90’s.. Just him, a guitar, and about three dozen people. I don’t think I touched my drink the whole time. Thanks for sharing.

  • Milt

    As Bruce Springsteen observed in his induction speech for Jackson Browne , Warren Zevon represented the darker side of the California Dream, and his songs were like something channeled from Raymond Chandler or Nathanael West. Moreover, he had the voice — dear God, the man could sing — and the chops to carry it off, and nobody else “got” the lower registers of life in the Golden State quite the way that he did.

    Today, with the quality of life in California literally disintegrating before our eyes, it is hard not to see Mr. Zevon as something of a prophet, but I am not sure that he would have seen himself in quite this light. On a day when a lot of us are feeling like “desperados under the eves,” let’s just say that Warren was ahead of his time.

  • wayne

    Warren Zevon –
    “My [expletive] [expletive] Up”
    May 2000

    “……has to happen to the best of us, and the rich folks suffer like the rest of us,
    it’ll happen to you…”
    “….that Amazing Grace, sorta passed you by, and you wake up every day, hang your head and cry.
    Yeah, ya’ want to die, but ya’ just can’t quit,
    let me break it on down, that’s some [expletive] up [expletive.]”

  • wayne

    Good stuff!

    Robert Earl Keen —
    “Blow You Away”
    Bigger Piece of Sky 1993

  • eddie willers

    Kinda funny, but if I printed the lyrics, I’d be violating our comments rules here.

    My favorite line in his canon: “….and his hair was perfect!”

  • wayne

    very good! (i did not know that was a real thing…)

    Warren Zevon
    I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead
    Capitol Theatre (Passaic, NJ) 4/18/80

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