"Lawyers, Guns, And Money" as written by and Warren Zevon....
I went home with a 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

An innocent bystander
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

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...


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"Lawyers, Guns and Money" as written by Warren William Zevon

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  • +2
    General CommentThe Wallflowers version says :-
    "Warren, won't you get me out of this".
    It's on youtube (Letterman show) and sounds almost as great as the master's. His son guests as a vocalist.
    chrisb1on March 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI heard Warren talking about this song on TV a while back and the story of how he came to write this song goes someting like this.

    Warren was in Cuba with his manager and they were being driven somwhere in a taxi. The driver says, I gotta make a quick stop. He pulls into a house and a few minutes later comes running out with his sister, who had apparently been kidnapped.

    They jump in the taxi and take off while being chased by the kidnappers. Warren turns to his manager and say's 'call my dad and tell him to send some lawyers'. and his manager says 'yeah, and some guns and some money."

    that's warrens explaination
    bradec9on October 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthearing the real story behind this song is great, but i think there is some global truth in this song. i don't exactly see a diplomat in this song as the commenter above did. it sounded like a twenty something american in cuba, living it up and representing the typical boarish american stereotype, not to mention WZ's typical understanding of a rock and roll lifestyle. his assertion that lawyers guns and money (the staples of american living) and his father will get him out of trouble is a sardonic but probably astute observation.

    when i hear this song i think of that american kid who got nailed spray painting cars in china and got caned for it, as america looked on, helpless and enraged. no matter the crime, american politics will never willingly let a citizen be punished for a crime in a foreign country.
    scumbagstyleon February 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLawyers, guns, and money... What else do you need in American society? (Maybe sex, but that's what the waitress that he went home with is all about). I think this song boils down American society to all that is deemed to be important, at least by 90% of the morons that comprise it. As long as you have those 3 things, do whatever you want! You deserve it, it's your birth right, you're American damnit. The hell with the rest of 'em.
    descendenton May 07, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHuh. Always thought he was saying "Lawyers, Guns, and Money; can't get me outta this." As in he's screwed, nothing can get him outta this situation XD
    Burningledon August 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics are self-explanatory, an American diplomat who gets set-up and blackmailed by the Russians while gambling and whoring overseas.
    The last verse is great, it actually starts:-
    "I'm hiding in Honbduras....."
    In Australia life imitated art when in the late 1990's Robert "Dolly" Dunn, a notorious pedophile, on the run from the law was caught hiding in Honduras. I immediately thought of this song when I heard the (good) news.
    And what a great guitar riff!
    chrisb1on January 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWarren had said that this song was, essentialy, his take on typical American foreign policy in developing nations. It does kinda sum it all up doesn't it?
    magpi1on January 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat's an interesting conclusion, that it's about a diplomat. Where'd you get that? I was thinking more like some rich kid who gets to slack off and have fun, but gets in over his head and has to call Dad for help. Sounds about right, though. I guess it's a personal sort of "Sierra Hotel Tango Foxtrot" (SHTF), whereas should such impact happen on the national level, the lawyers will probably be rounded up and executed, and the money won't be worth anything. Why Honduras? Extradition laws or lack thereof? Or cigars that supposedly equal (overrated?) Cubans?
    wsteeleon March 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLawyers, Guns, and Money. They'll get me out of this.

    Haha, isn't that how everyone feels these days? You can get away with murder as long as long as you've got a good lawyer. Warren is so sardonic and hilarious. I love him, it's too bad he didn't get more credit for being a ballsier Bruce Springsteen.
    woobinon June 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLawyers, Guns, and Money. They'll get me out of this.

    Haha, isn't that how everyone feels these days? You can get away with murder as long as long as you've got a good lawyer. Warren is so sardonic and hilarious. I love him, it's too bad he didn't get more credit for being a ballsier Bruce Springsteen.
    woobinon June 29, 2006   Link

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