"I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" as written by and Warren Zevon....
So much to do, there's plenty on the farm
I'll sleep when I'm dead
Saturday night I like to raise a little harm
I'll sleep when I'm dead

I'm drinking heartbreak motor oil and Bombay gin
I'll sleep when I'm dead
Straight from the bottle, twisted again
I'll sleep when I'm dead

Well, I take this medicine as prescribed
I'll sleep when I'm dead
It don't matter if I get a little tired
I'll sleep when I'm dead

I've got a point three-eight special up on the shelf
I'll sleep when I'm dead
If I start acting stupid
I'll shoot myself
I'll sleep when I'm dead

So much to do, there's plenty on the farm
I'll sleep when I'm dead
Saturday night I like to raise a little harm
I'll sleep when I'm dead


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"I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" as written by Warren Zevon

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    General CommentDidn't Bon Jovi rip-off this song?
    chrisb1on February 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a great Warren Zevon track. One of my favorites.

    Obviously about a love of having a good time.

    Favorite part has to be:

    If I start acting stupid
    I'll shoot myself

    I just like how he says it.
    Acidmotheron January 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentagreed, it definitely expresses a love of the fast life, but what makes this song great are the subtle references to being stretched a little thin. much like his real life, WZ's speaker here is sick, and the medicine is keeping him alive long enough to party some more, and he will continue to party no matter how tired he gets. while he knows his lifestyle is killing him, he regrets nothing and that makes him my hero.
    scumbagstyleon February 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe meaning is rather simple to decipher. And still Zevon manages to show his cutting prose through it. He is an awesome artist and always wil be.
    OpinionHeadon June 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe title of one of his biographies, as well.
    TheThornBirdson March 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe delivers some lines with a sarcastic sneer. The guy was funny as hell, in addition to being a great artist.
    SD20912on June 20, 2014   Link

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