10 July 2010

Desperados Under the Eaves

Warren Zevon wrote much of the soundtrack to my life. Through humour, commentary, honest self reflection and beautiful melodies, he demonstrated what great song writing is all about.

Here are the lyrics to one of the best songs I think he ever wrote, the music starts out with a signature riff that Mr. Zevon used in several songs.

Desperados Under the Eaves

I was sitting in the Hollywood Hawaiian Hotel
I was staring in my empty coffee cup
I was thinking that the gypsy wasn't lyin'
All the salty margaritas in Los Angeles
I'm gonna drink 'em up

And if California slides into the ocean
Like the mystics and statistics say it will
I predict this motel will be standing until I pay my bill

Don't the sun look angry through the trees
Don't the trees look like crucified thieves
Don't you feel like Desperados under the eaves
Heaven help the one who leaves

Still waking up in the mornings with shaking hands
And I'm trying to find a girl who understands me
But except in dreams you're never really free
Don't the sun look angry at me

I was sitting in the Hollywood Hawaiian Hotel
I was listening to the air conditioner hum
It went mmmmmm..
........................... Look
(Look away down Gower Avenue, Look away....)

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