"Splendid Isolation" as written by and Warren Zevon....
I want to live alone in the desert
I want to be like Georgia O'Keefe
I want to live on the Upper East Side
And never go down in the street

Splendid Isolation
I don't need no one
Splendid Isolation

Michael Jackson in Disneyland
Don't have to share it with nobody else
Lock the gates, Goofy, take my hand
And lead me through the World of Self

Splendid Isolation
I don't need no one
Splendid Isolation

Don't want to wake up with no one beside me
Don't want to take up with nobody new
Don't want nobody coming by without calling first
Don't want nothing to do with you

I'm putting tinfoil up on the windows
Lying down in the dark to dream
I don't want to see their faces
I don't want to hear them scream

Splendid Isolation
I don't need no one
Splendid Isolation

Splendid Isolation
I don't need no one
Splendid Isolation


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"Splendid Isolation" as written by Warren Zevon

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    General CommentI love this song. When I'm felling lonely I listen to this song and it immediately makes me fell better. It takes me away to a nice peaceful place in the country where I can relax and forget about my worries while listening to Warren.
    Tmo2199on March 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, because New York is so like that. it is a cultural hub, a place where one can find anything to do and anyone to do it with. Yet every time i pay the 6 bucks for the train ride into the city, i always come out hating people. imagine living there! i'd go into hibernation too.
    scumbagstyleon February 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI wanna thank Warren for this song. I dont know that my thanks will count for much now, but oh well. Thanks Warren, sometimes I also feel like that. People are such a pain in the ass.
    LiquorLibrarianon February 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGreat sounding song instrumentally too. The harmonica sounds like Neil Young.
    Pete Yorn's cover version has a good sound to it also.
    chrisb1on February 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe song's meaning is self-explanatory. The demand for a hermit-like existence.
    Educational also - the UK had a policy of "Splendid isolation" last century. Georgia O'Keefe was an artist. Thanks "wikipedia".
    The harmonica is similar to Neil Young's on his acoustic version of "Keep on rockin' in the free world". Does anyone have the harmonica tabs? Guitar is easy being Em C G D chords.
    chrisb1on March 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI don't think this is at all like the previous poster said, nor is it a "People are pains in the ass, go away." I'd say the song is about being unable to cope with life, so you lock yourself away and bury yourself in fantasy (Michael Jackson), or art, Georgia O'Keeffe.

    If it was written for a girlfriend, for example, why would you put tinfoil over the windows, or live in the desert? Without some sort of Neuroses, it's very easy to live by yourself in civilization, without completely isolating yourself in the manner of schizoids, avoidants, and addicts.

    With how troubled Mr. Zevon supposedly was, it's very simple to see how this song could be about addiction, self-loathing, and inability to cope.
    piccolo14on January 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentMichael Jackson in Disneyland
    Don't have to share it with nobody else
    Lock the gates, Goofy, take my hand
    And lead me through the World of Self

    One of my favorite lines in any song ever.
    TheThornBirdson March 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI thought I had commented on this before. The mood completely changes here

    I'm putting tinfoil up on the windows
    Lying down in the dark to dream
    I don't want to see their faces
    I don't want to hear them scream

    I'm not sure what it means but it's how Warren would end this song.
    bkabbotton January 10, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI think it's a sarcastic piece very similar to Simon and Garfunkel ' s "I am a Rock". A song that shows how lonely it could be be by one's self and that we all really do need people in our lives to be happy.
    j104502766on October 15, 2014   Link
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    General Commenti live in india , where there aren't many people who listen to country music..... but country music is just so amazing and honest.... just like this song.... i can relate to each and every word in this song....zevon was indeed a great entertainer since he touched on so many topics through his songs....
    parvez1106on March 05, 2016   Link

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