Warren Zevon ‘Werewolves of London’

Warren Zevon ‘Werewolves of London’

Werewolves of London

Warren Zevon 'Excitable Boy'

If I had to pick a thing that I love most in the world, it would be music. Life without music would NOT be good! To me, the epitome of tragedy is a musician who goes deaf.

I’ve been listening to a lot of music lately because of hours of driving – back and forth to Brisbane (a good 4 hour trip by car, one way).  I would go a bit stir crazy if I couldn’t listen to music in the car.

Well anyway, on my last trip I pulled out Warren Zevon’s Excitable Boy. The lyrics to Werewolves of London get me every time. The beginning of the song with

I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand …’

uses that classic technique of juxtaposing two unlikely subjects to make you sit up in surprise.

and the second last line:

I saw a werewolf drinking a piña colada at Trader Vic’s
His hair was perfect‘.

The song is not really about werewolves is it. Gotta love an extended metaphor.

Have a listen.

As far as I’m concerned there is not a bad song (well maybe one is not as brilliant as the rest) on this album.

25 thoughts on “Warren Zevon ‘Werewolves of London’

  1. It’s funny you should talk about this because I had a very bad bout of the blues last week and it was music that pulled me out of it. I listened to my holy musical trinity – Mozart, Coltrane and Hendrix. Such brilliance always restores me.

    For dessert I listened to some 1940s bottleneck blues. Those guys sure could fingerpick. Stripped down and raw – it is the stuff of life!

  2. I didn’t delve any deeper – just took it on superficial value & put it down to a legacy of the rock life………brain pickled by hallucagenics ( ? spelling )

  3. LOVE that song lol! I feel that way about music too. I walk and when I walk I plug in my mp3 player. Aside from writing it is my biggest stress relief.

    1. It is a great stress relief. Thanks Dee for the info on widgets – I think I’ll leave it this time (maybe my columns are too narrow) – I’ve done them before with no problems but this time – blah!

  4. Man I love that song and howling along with it. Every time I hear that annoying Kid Rock song that stole its tune I get mad because for a moment I think it’s Werewolves of London then it’s not 😦

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