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.

Learning to Flinch
Warren Zevon - Learning to Flinch
Live album by Warren Zevon
Released April 13, 1993
Recorded June 24, 1992 – October 13, 1992
Genre Rock
Length 75:40
Label Giant Records
Producer Warren Zevon,
Duncan Aldrich
Warren Zevon chronology
Mr. Bad Example
Learning to Flinch
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars link
Robert Christgau(dud)[1]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars link

Track listing

All tracks composed by Warren Zevon, except where indicated.

  1. "Splendid Isolation" – 4:20
  2. "Lawyers, Guns and Money" – 3:22
  3. "Mr. Bad Example" (Jorge Calderón, Zevon) – 3:08
  4. "Excitable Boy" (LeRoy Marinell, Zevon) – 2:41
  5. "Hasten Down the Wind" – 3:41
  6. "The French Inhaler" – 4:22
  7. "Worrier King" – 4:05
  8. "Roland Chorale" (David Lindell, Zevon) – 1:30
  9. "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" (Lindell, Zevon) – 11:18
  10. "Searching for a Heart" – 3:05
  11. "Boom Boom Mancini" – 3:18
  12. "Jungle Work" (Calderón, Zevon) – 4:53
  13. "Piano Fighter" – 4:08
  14. "Werewolves of London" (Marinell, Waddy Wachtel, Zevon) – 4:10
  15. "The Indifference of Heaven" – 4:12
  16. "Poor, Poor Pitiful Me" – 9:38
  17. "Play It All Night Long" – 3:49



Producers: Warren Zevon, Duncan Aldrich



Year Chart Position
1993 Billboard 200 198


  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Warren Zevon". Robert Christgau.

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