"For My Next Trick I'll Need A Volunteer" as written by and Warren Zevon....
Warren Zevon, Zevon Music BMI

I can saw a woman in two
But you won't want to look in the box when I do
I can make love disappear
For my next trick I'll need a volunteer

I can pull a rabbit out of a hat
I can pull it out but I can't put it back
I can make love disappear
For my next trick I'll need a volunteer

It's lonely up here
When the tricks have been played
And the spotlights have faded
And the plans that we made
Have fallen apart
It's lonely as hell
And there's no magic spell
For a broken heart

You can put me in chains and I will escape
Better not wait up 'cause I might be late
I can make love disappear
For my next trick I'll need a volunteer
It's lonely up here
When the tricks have been played
And the spotlights have faded
And the plans that we made
Have fallen apart
It's lonely as hell
And there's no magic spell
For a broken heart

I can saw a woman in two
But you won't want to look in the box when I do
I can make love disappear
For my next trick I'll need a volunteer






Lyrics submitted by hakimike, edited by darnfloor

"For My Next Trick I'll Need a Volunteer" as written by Warren William Zevon

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  • +3
    Lyric CorrectionWith apologies to hakimike, the line is "you won't wanna look in the box when I'm through", at least on the versions from the "Life'll Kill Ya" and "Reconsider Me" albums. That said, a good job of transcription.
    Retrogradeon February 08, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLOVE this song and especially that line.

    Warren was never actually a real coroner. He was given the title of coroner by a buddy who had the power to do it but he never acted as a coroner that I'm aware of. Odd story never the less.

    The meaning of this song for me is rather aparant and was Warren's inability to maintain a longterm healthy relationship.

    "It's lonely up here, when the tricks have been played, and the spotlight has faded and the dreams that we made, have fallen apart, it's lonely as hell, and there's no magic spell for a broken heart."

    and the line "Put me in chains, and I will escape, better not wait up, cause I might be late" tells the tale of his inability to remain faithful to any woman throughout his entire life.
    Okemoon May 22, 2012   Link
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    General Comment"...But you won't want to look in the bow when I do."
    Great Line!
    Warren used to be a coroner in Colorado before he made it as a rock musician
    So he probably saw a lot of thinks he didn't want to.
    TheThornBirdson March 17, 2009   Link

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