"Don't Let Us Get Sick" as written by and Warren Zevon....
Warren Zevon, Zevon Music BMI

Don't let us get sick
Don't let us get old
Don't let us get stupid, all right?
Just make us be brave
And make us play nice
And let us be together tonight

The sky was on fire
When I walked to the mill
To take up the slack in the line
I thought of my friends
And the troubles they've had
To keep me from thinking of mine

Don't let us get sick
Don't let us get old
Don't let us get stupid, all right?
Just make us be brave
And make us play nice
And let us be together tonight

The moon has a face
And it smiles on the lake
And causes the ripples in Time
I'm lucky to be here
With someone I like
Who maketh my spirit to shine

Don't let us get sick
Don't let us get old
Don't let us get stupid, all right?
Just make us be brave
And make us play nice
And let us be together tonight






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"Don't Let Us Get Sick" as written by Warren William Zevon

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    General CommentI love the line "who maketh my spirit to shine"
    Warren was a remarkable songwriter and a remarkable guy
    He truly lived every moment as if it were his last and he lived a better and more fulfilling life for it
    We could all learn a thing or two from him.
    Rest in peace, Warren Zevon, we miss you
    TheThornBirdson March 17, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA song once more that Warren speaks on so many levels that it is hard to see them all sometimes. Largely though, is seems a song of one who tries to always be there for others, "take up the slack in the line", in the pure hopes that someday they will be there for them. Attempting to hide one's own troubles so that they do not have to think of them, pretend the are not there and lessen them by helping others, in hopes that while you pretend they are not there, someone else will recognize, come to your aid, and share them to lessen your load.

    The moon is a common theme of Warren, representing an ideal, that always seems unreachable. Most notable on that is probably "They moved the moon". But that dream also disturbs attempts at peace without reaching it, always calling and making lesser things not enough: Lake being a kind of serenity in life but all through time disrupting it with ripple, calling for more. Why can't he be happy with the good things he does have, why must he want more? Why must people fights and do stupid, hurtful things, rather than mutually support those that support them. Comfort in each other.

    That is one level, and yet you look at exactly the same words, and you read something different, and Zevon meant those things as well. The one that I find especially shaking though, is this is one of several songs he did that were pure and straight forward about not what he had faced, but what he would face. This is partially about his fear, and as it were, precognition of what would happen to him, long before he had to actually save it. The fact that he saw such things are almost as haunting as his voice.

    grheon August 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOn the rare occasion that someone asks me to say grace before a meal, I will recite the chorus to this song. It really is a beautiful prayer. I change one word, though--instead of "Don't let us get old" I'll say it "Don't let us get sick." Warren got his wish--he didn't get old, did he? And that is a tragedy I do not want to see repeated among the other people I care about.
    marymcon November 22, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. I love that it's about everybody's hopes and fears and just wanting everything to be okay. We can all relate, but it's still intensely personal.
    DustyMurphyon September 17, 2007   Link

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