"Dirty Life And Times" as written by and Warren Zevon....
Some days I feel like my shadow's casting me
Some days the sun don't shine
Sometimes I wonder what tomorrow's gonna bring
When I think about my dirty life and times

One day I came to a fork in the road
Folks, I just couldn't go where I was told
Now they'll hunt me down and hang me for my crimes
If I tell about my dirty life and times

I had someone 'til she went out for a stroll
Should have run after her
It's hard to find a girl with a heart of gold
When you're living in a four-letter world

And if she won't love me then her sister will
She's from Say-one-thing-and-mean-another's-ville
And she can't seem to make up her mind
When she hears about my dirty life and times

Some days I feel like my shadow's casting me
Some days the sun don't shine
Sometimes I wonder why I'm still running free
All up and down the line

Gets a little lonely, folks, you know what I mean
I'm looking for a woman with low self-esteem
To lay me out and ease my worried mind
While I'm winding down my dirty life and times

Who'll lay me out and ease my worried mind
While I'm winding down my dirty life and times


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"Dirty Life and Times" as written by Warren William Zevon

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  • +2
    General CommentThere is no reason anybody should have to "get past" his American Folk Pop idiom and faux country style.
    If they don't like it right away they're missing something and will probably never appreciate Zevon the way he ought to be.
    It's the specifically Zevon style that makes him so great and so original, and there is nothing "aquired" about the taste
    some have for him. You either have it or you probably never way. I for one fell in love with this song the minute I heard it.

    Now that that's out of the way, I agree with the rest of what you said scumbagstyle. You obviously do know a lot about Warren and it's good to hear your thoughts on the song, too. Great user name, too, scumbagstyle.
    TheThornBirdson March 17, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is admittedly an aquired taste. In it he takes his American Folk Pop idium to an almost ridiculous faux country level. If one can get past that, the song remains an important centerpiece for the final chapter of WZ's career. In a catalogue of albums recounting his fast lifestyle, and an unabashed recognition of where it would get him, he finally sees death hunting him down for using his life up faster than others. He knows he is to be punished for his transgressions but he feels no remorse. He wants his last cigarette and his last lay so he doesn't have to fear death. It is a very powerful song.
    scumbagstyleon February 03, 2007   Link

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