"Seminole Bingo" as written by Carl Hiaasen and Warren Zevon....
Written by Warren Zevon and Carl Hiaasen
C. 1995 Zevon Music BMI

I'm a junk bond king
And I'm on the run
Me and a friend of mine
We were headed for the sunshine

I got my hands on the wheel
I got gas in the tank
I got a suitcase full of money
From a Luxembourg bank

We didn't stop 'til we got to Big Cypress
Wandered in to the Legion Hall
The sign outside said "Seminole Bingo"
Fell in love with the ping pong balls

And the SEC is far behind
Down in the swamp with the gators and flamingos
A long way from Liechtenstein
I'm a junk bond king playing Seminole Bingo

And my Wall Street wiles
Don't help me even slightly
'Cause I never have the numbers
And I'm losing nightly

I cashed in the last of my Triple be bonds
Bought a double-wide on the Tamiami Trail
I parked it right outside the reservation
Fifteen minutes from the Collier County Jail

And the SEC is far behind
Down in the swamp with the gators and flamingos
A long way from Liechtenstein
I'm a junk bond king playing Seminole Bingo

Well, the SEC is far behind
Down in the swamp with the gators and flamingos
A long way from Liechtenstein
I'm a junk bond king playing Seminole Bingo






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"Seminole Bingo" as written by Carl Hiaasen Warren William Zevon

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    General CommentBoth Liechtenstein and Luxembourg were at the time (less so today) well-known for secret bank accounts which very much fits the theme of the song. Roy Lichtenstein (spelled differently) doesn't seem to fit, unless it's a very indirect reference to this financier owning expensive art.
    isotopebluon December 21, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe line "A long way from Lichtenstein" refers to (I think) the pop artist Roy Lichtenstein
    {Whose art was usually enlarged acrylic-on-canvas copies of romance and war comic book panels or pages}
    I think he uses Lichetenstein as a metaphor for the city, fame, and the rewards of the artists' fame and glory
    And contrasts that to his new position with the gators & flamingos...
    TheThornBirdson March 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWith the line about the Luxemburg bank, I would assume Zevon is refering to Lichenstein, the place, as opposed to the artist.
    Much like his other song, "Mr. Bad Example", this is an amusing story of someone who did some bad stuff somewhere and is on the run and hiding out.

    All in all this song is pretty funny and rather infectous.
    Major Valoron May 24, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentZevon is all about ambiguity and critiquing modernity and society: the duality of the Lichtenstein reference is undoubtedly intentional. It wouldn't be the first reference to modern art in his work. He's brilliant, and careless word choice is rather uncharacteristic of him. But it is very true this song continues a theme in not only this album, but his greater oeuvre of man-of-his-wits on the run. Zevon and 'authority' never meshed well.
    teagenerouson November 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe fact that Carl Hiaasen would co-write a song with him shows how well respected Zevon's writing is.
    SuperstarMouseon September 22, 2015   Link

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