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|
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. 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.
Meat Loaf covered the song for his 1999 live album and DVD VH1: Storytellers.
Billy Morrison is an English guitarist, singer and actor who plays guitar with Billy Idol and performs with the Los Angeles-based cover band Royal Machines (and previously with Camp Freddy). Morrison previously fronted the hard rock act Circus Diablo and has been a member of The Cult, Stimulator, Doheny and Into a Circle.
Morrison co-hosted Indie 103.1's Camp Freddy Radio, with Dave Navarro, until its retirement in 2008.Carlos Díaz (actor)
Carlos Patricio Díaz (born July 21, 1970) is a Chilean-born Canadian film and television actor who appears in Rent-a-Goalie, The Dead Zone and The Line. Díaz and the cast of Rent-a-Goalie were nominated for a Gemini Award in 2007, 2008 and 2009 in Seasons 1 through 3 for "Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series".Donald Zilkha
Donald Elias Zilkha (born 1950/1951) is an American financier, the co-founder and managing partner of Sciens Venture Partners.Excitable Boy
Excitable Boy is the third studio album by American musician Warren Zevon. The album was released on January 18, 1978, by Asylum Records. It includes the single "Werewolves of London", which reached No. 21 and remained in the American Top 40 for six weeks. The album brought Zevon to commercial attention and remains the best-selling album of his career. A remastered and expanded edition was released in 2007."Excitable Boy" and "Werewolves of London" were considered macabrely humorous by some critics. The historical "Veracruz" dramatizes the United States occupation of Veracruz; likewise, "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" is a fictionalized account of former mercenary David Lindell's experiences in Africa. "Lawyers, Guns and Money" is a tongue-in-cheek tale of a young American man's adventures in Cold War-era Latin America. In addition, there are two ballads about life and relationships ("Accidentally Like a Martyr" and "Tenderness on the Block"), as well as the funk/disco-inspired "Nighttime in the Switching Yard".Five-O (album)
Five-O is a studio album by American country music artist Hank Williams, Jr. It was released by Warner Bros. Records in May 1985. "I'm for Love," "This Ain't Dallas" and "Ain't Misbehavin'" were released as singles, reaching No. 1, No. 4 and No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. The album reached No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart, becoming his second No. 1 album, and has been certified Gold by the RIAA.Along with its commercial success, Five-O garnered a great deal of recognition within the music industry. The Academy of Country Music nominated Five-O for Album of the Year and Williams for Top Male Vocalist. The Country Music Association also nominated Williams for Male Vocalist of the Year. At the 1987 Grammy Awards, Williams was nominated for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male for his version of "Ain't Misbehavin'".Greg Cosell
Greg Cosell is an NFL analyst and a senior producer at NFL Films. He is the nephew of iconic broadcaster Howard Cosell. Cosell is widely regarded by NFL insiders as one of the most knowledgeable and trusted football analysts.Born in Queens, New York, Cosell attended Amherst College where he played basketball. After applying for a job at NFL Films, he was interviewed by founder Ed Sabol at the company's New Jersey headquarters, and subsequently hired as a producer.
In 1984, Cosell with NFL Films President Steve Sabol created a show titled Monday Night Matchup (now known as NFL Matchup) which was initially hosted by Chris Berman. The show has grown to one of the most respected sports television programs in the industry and he currently co-hosts the show with Sal Paolantonio and Matt Bowen.
Cosell co-authored the book The Games That Changed the Game: The Evolution of the NFL in Seven Sundays.Cosell joins SiriusXM Fantasy Football Morning with John Hansen and Adam Caplan every Friday to break down the film for Fantasy Football fans. He comes into every segment with his theme song, Lawyers, Guns and Money by Warren Zevon.I'm for Love
"I'm for Love" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Hank Williams Jr.. It was released in May 1985 as the first single from the album Five-O. "I'm for Love" was Hank Williams Jr.'s seventh number one on the country chart. The single went to number one for one week and spent a total of fifteen weeks on the country chart.John Dahl
John Dahl (born 1956) is an American film and television director and writer, best known for his work in the neo-noir genre.Learning to Flinch
Learning to Flinch is a live solo acoustic album by American singer-songwriter Warren Zevon, recorded at various venues in the U.S., Europe and Australia and released in early 1993 (see 1993 in music). Zevon's second and final live set, it featured three new songs ("Worrier King," "Piano Fighter" and "The Indifference of Heaven"). While not an official MTV Unplugged title, the stripped-down format of the album is in line with the live acoustic trend that flourished in the early 1990s.
This album is the only time Zevon played a version of "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" that lasted more than the average 4 minutes on an album, although he did it frequently in live performances. This version of the song includes a piano solo at the beginning of the song and another between the last two verses. Also, this version of "Lawyers, Guns and Money" is played in the key of G major rather than A Major, the key in the studio version. "Mr. Bad Example" is played in E Major rather than F#Major as heard on the studio version.Michael Hayes (TV series)
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Paul F. Campos is a law professor, author and blogger on the faculty of the University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder. Campos received his A.B. (1982) and M.A. in English (1983) from the University of Michigan and in 1989 his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Campos worked at the law firm Latham & Watkins in Chicago from 1989-1990 and became an associate professor at the University of Colorado in 1990, where he teaches classes on property, punishment theory, jurisprudence and legal interpretation.Ross Stevenson (radio presenter)
Ross Stevenson (born Ross Campbell; 25 August 1957) is an Australia radio presenter on Melbourne station 3AW. The lighthearted breakfast news and gossip show, Breakfast with Ross & John, is one of Australia's most successful radio shows.The Bocephus Box
The Bocephus Box is a box set of songs recorded by country music artist Hank Williams, Jr.. Produced by Jimmy Guterman, it was originally released in 1992 by Capricorn Records, and re-released in 2000 by Curb Records, with a slightly different track list. The updated version replaces Guterman's liner notes with a set written by Williams.The Wallflowers discography
This is a comprehensive discography of official recordings by The Wallflowers, an American alternative rock band originally from Los Angeles.Unknown Armies
Unknown Armies (abbreviated UA), subtitled "A roleplaying game of power and consequences", is an occult-themed roleplaying game by John Scott Tynes and Greg Stolze and published by Atlas Games. The first edition was paperbound and published in 1998 (with the original subtitle of "A roleplaying game of transcendental horror and furious action"); the revised and expanded 2nd edition was published in a hardbound format in 2002 (with a second printing in 2004 and a third printing in 2007).
Greg Stolze announced that writing and arrangements for the revised 3rd edition were underway as of September 2014. After a successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign, the new edition of the game was released in early 2017 as a three-volume "Deluxe Set" including a wrap-around game-master's screen. A .pdf version is also available from Warehouse 23, and two additional volumes have also been announced.The game is set in a modern-day "occult underground," populated by loose networks of shadowy cabals and practitioners of magic. The style and setting of the game draw on a number of influences, including the fantasy novels of Tim Powers, the crime novels of James Ellroy, the films of David Lynch, the Illuminatus! Trilogy, and comic books such as Grant Morrison's The Invisibles. The game creates an extensive postmodern mythology of everyday weirdness and magic that lurks in the shadows of the mind.
Several supplements and adventure collections were released for the first and second editions of Unknown Armies:
One Shots: Five Stand-Alone Scenarios
Lawyers, Guns, and Money: The New Inquisition Sourcebook
Postmodern Magick: The Unnatural Sourcebook (usually abbreviated PoMoMa)
Statosphere: The Invisible Clergy Sourcebook
Hush, Hush: The Sleepers Sourcebook
Weep: Six Scenarios of Woe and Ruin
To Go: The Occult Roadtrip Campaign
Break Today: The Mak Attax Sourcebook
Thin Black Line: The Order of St. Cecil Sourcebook (free download)
The Ascension of the MagdaleneA licensed edition of Unknown Armies in German has been released in September, 2005, by Vortex Verlag under the SighPress Label. The German edition is hardbound, 440 pages, complete as the original, and also includes some additional information about weapon laws in German – to make it easier to use Germany as an alternative setting – as well as new artwork and layout from European artists and designers.Warren Zevon
Warren William Zevon (; January 24, 1947 – September 7, 2003) was an American rock singer-songwriter and musician.
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".
Initially successful as a band leader, Zevon struggled to have a solo career until his music was performed by Linda Rondstadt. This launched a cult following that lasted for 25 years with Zevon making occasional returns to album and single charts until his death from cancer in 2003. He briefly found a new audience in the 1980s by teaming up with members of R.E.M. in the blues rock outfit Hindu Love Gods.
Known for his dry wit and acerbic lyrics, he was a guest several times on Late Night with David Letterman and the Late Show with David Letterman.Warren Zevon discography
This article lists the discography of American Rock singer-songwriter and musician Warren Zevon.Werewolves of London
"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.