"Gorilla, You're a Desperado" as written by and Warren Zevon....
Big gorilla at the L.A. Zoo
Snatched the glasses right off my face
Took the keys to my BMW
Left me here to take his place

I wish the ape a lot of success
I'm sorry my apartment's a mess
Most of all I'm sorry if I made you blue
I'm betting the gorilla will, too

They say Jesus will find you wherever you go
But when He'll come looking for you, they don't know
In the mean time, keep your profile low
Gorilla, you're a desperado

He built a house on an acre of land
He called it 'Villa Gorilla Now'
I hear he's getting divorced
Laying low at L'Ermitage, of course

Then the ape grew very depressed
Went through Transactional Analysis
He plays racquetball and runs in the rain
Still he's shackled to a platinum chain

Big gorilla at the L.A. Zoo
Snatched the glasses right off my face
Took the keys to my BMW
Left me here to take his place

Lyrics submitted by Morgan191919

"Gorilla, You're a Desperado" as written by Warren William Zevon

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    General CommentThe character in the song is as much a prisoner as the the Gorilla in the zoo but, instead, a prisoner of the material world, spritually caged by the spoils.
    hankoon February 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI would only expect Zevon to rhyme "zoo" with "BMW"
    (That's a complement, Warren)
    Amarzing song
    So refreshing to hear a song like this.
    It's like a musical lifeboat in an ocean of second-rate pop singles crap.
    Great vocal deliver.
    Amazingly original lyrics.
    What more can someone say? It's classic Warren Zevon.
    TheThornBirdson March 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's about having diarrhea in the back of a tour bus.
    OddLeggedOswldon May 31, 2016   Link
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    General CommentGeorge Gruel - WZ's "road manager and best friend" is also referred to time to time as Gorilla Gruel. He has also published books about WZ under the imprint Big Gorilla books, so I'm going to go out on a limb, pun intended, and say that the song is about him.
    edward1032on September 01, 2016   Link

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