"Mr. Bad Example" as written by Warren Zevon and Jorge A. Calderon....
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    General Commentthis song, steeped in tongue in cheek hilarity, is a quite astute look at the life he really was living. he may not have a law degree, but he was the king of advantage taking (read: "Lawyers, Guns, and Money") and decadent living.

    The song smacks of late eighteenth, early twentieth century literature that featured the modern day American rake galavanting about Europe with a chip on his shoulder and a string of warrants and well satisfied ladies behind him. It speaks to WZ's informedness: this is not some long haired rock and roll goon bragging about his exploits. he is well read and, dare i say it? a philosopher, but a philosopher who asks noone to ascribe to his way of life. he is simply revelling in his own choices, and is so excited about them he expresses it in music. it is almost as if his music is secondary to and an extension of his life, his great talent mixing with his natural form of expression.
    scumbagstyleon February 04, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"I got a part-time job at my father's carpet store
    Laying tackless stripping and housewives by the score"

    Great line.
    lonedoggyon May 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGreat assessment once more, scumbagstyle.
    I'm an intruder in the dirt might be a metaphor for a job he had in his younger days as a coroner in colorado
    (A reference to the biblical concept that men are made of dust/dirt)
    I love the line: "I'm proud to be a glutton and I don't have time for sloth"
    There are a lot of food references in his songs, and the line "he rubbed the potroast all over his chest" in the song EXCITABLE BOY, is true...

    If you want to see a funny interview watch his first interview with David Letterman on youtube.
    TheThornBirdson March 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentHoly hilarity!
    mark36on June 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentlmao i
    petermelaon December 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhat a wicked sense of humour.
    I'm proud to see that he devotes the last 2 verses to Australia. He was no doubt aware of our convict past.
    chrisb1on February 14, 2008   Link

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