Lawyers, Guns and Money

"Lawyers, Guns and Money" is a song by Warren Zevon, the closing track on his 1978 album Excitable Boy.

The lyrics describe going home with a waitress who is "with the Russians, too". The narrative goes on to speak of "gambling in Havana", with the request that "Dad" send "lawyers, guns and money " to "get me out of this". The lyrics then claim that the speaker is an "innocent bystander" who is down on his luck. Finally, the narrative relates that the speaker is "hiding in Honduras" and that he is a "desperate man." The lyrics repeat the refrain to "send lawyers, guns and money", with the final comment that "the shit has hit the fan."

"Lawyers, Guns and Money"
Single by Warren Zevon
from the album Excitable Boy
GenreHard rock
Songwriter(s)Warren Zevon


The song was first covered by Rick Derringer on the 1978 album "If I Weren't So Romantic, I'd Shoot You" and was released as a single. It was later covered by The Wallflowers on the album Enjoy Every Sandwich: The Songs of Warren Zevon in 2004. It was also a hit for Hank Williams Jr. in 1983 (from his album Five-O) and regularly played live by Widespread Panic.

The song also lent its title to a light-hearted radio program on the Melbourne community radio station 3RRR which looked at the legal fraternity in the city. The program started in 1985 and ran for several years hosted by the pseudonymous duo "Donoghue & Stevenson" - Dennis Connell and Ross Stevenson. The song was used as both intro and exit music for the program.[1] The chorus was changed to "send robots, bears and Lincolns" in a parody song set to past sketches on the Late Night With Conan O'Brien show.

Though the version employed was technically not a cover, the song was used in the opening titles of the show Justice, with Victor Garber, in 2006.

Meat Loaf covered the song for his 1999 live album and DVD VH1: Storytellers.


  1. ^ Peter Wilmoth (30 June 2002). "Ross and shine". The Age. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
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Zevon's most famous compositions include "Werewolves of London", "Lawyers, Guns and Money", "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" and "Johnny Strikes Up the Band", all of which are featured on his third album, Excitable Boy (1978), whose title track is also well-known. He also wrote major hits that were recorded by other artists, including "Poor Poor Pitiful Me", "Accidentally Like a Martyr", "Mohammed's Radio", "Carmelita", and "Hasten Down the Wind". Along with his own work, he recorded or performed occasional covers, including Allen Toussaint's "A Certain Girl", Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door", Leonard Cohen's "First We Take Manhattan" and Prince's "Raspberry Beret".

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"Werewolves of London" is a rock song performed by American singer-songwriter Warren Zevon. It was composed by Zevon, LeRoy Marinell and Waddy Wachtel and was included on Excitable Boy (1978), Zevon's third solo album. The track featured Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood and John McVie on drums and bass respectively. The single was released by Asylum Records and was a top 40 US hit, the only one of Zevon's career, reaching No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 that May.

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