"Mohammed's Radio" as written by and Warren Zevon....
Everybody's restless and they've got no place to go Someone's always trying to tell them Something they already know So their anger and resentment flow But don't it make you want to rock and roll All night long Mohammed's Radio I heard somebody singing sweet and soulful On the radio, Mohammed's Radio You know, the Sheriff's got his problems too He will surely take them out on you In walked the village idiot and his face was all aglow He's been up all night listening to Mohammed's Radio Don't it make you want to rock and roll All night long Mohammed's Radio I heard somebody singing sweet and soulful On the radio, Mohammed's Radio Everybody's desperate trying to make ends meet Work all day, still can't pay the price of gasoline and meat Alas, their lives are incomplete Don't it make you want to rock and roll All night long Mohammed's Radio I heard somebody singing sweet and soulful On the radio, Mohammed's Radio You've been up all night listening for his drum Hoping that the righteous might just might just might just come I heard the General whisper to his aide-de-camp "Be watchful for Mohammed's lamp" Don't it make you want to rock and roll All night long Mohammed's Radio


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"Mohammed's Radio" as written by Warren William Zevon

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    General CommentAccording to "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead", it was Halloween, and WZ saw a mentally challenged man dressed as an Arab with a radio to his ear. He wrote Mohammed's Radio right afterwards.
    hakimikeon April 22, 2008   Link
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    General Commentno comments? such a beautiful tune.

    in it he combines his predilection toward modern politics with a moving understanding of the struggles of the middle and lower classes. Just as in "Johnny Strikes Up the Band" he revels in the power music has to unite a community, despite their apparent hardships.

    The Robin Hood-esque nature of MOhammed's Radio in this circumstance reminds me a bit of the Christian Slater flick Pump Up the Volume. A renegade radio show that the authorities disapprove of, and yet it brings an entire community together because of its uplifting if brutal earnestness.

    And it speaks volumes about WZ that his powerful friends are so close to him that Stevie Nicks is willing to provide a minor background vocal for an album track. spectacular.
    scumbagstyleon February 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOkay, but why "Mohammed's Radio"?
    balbulicanon April 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMohammed being an inspirational figure to the Muslims - the religion is irrelevant (it isn't about religion) it could be anyone, just an inspirational figure. The fact its radio shows how updated they are.

    Then again, there's a lot of sadness in the song, and maybe that's what the title means: it is just that, a radio. No real hope.
    DrLorenzoon August 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGood assessment, DrLorenzo.
    TheThornBirdson March 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about televangelists
    ProfWagstaffon May 04, 2014   Link

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