Excitable Boy Album

Artist(s): Warren Zevon

Cover Art

Warren Zevon Excitable Boy Cover Art

Tracklist

Johnny Strikes Up the Band

length: 2:53
producer: Waddy Wachtel and Jackson Browne
piano: Warren Zevon
engineer: Greg Ladanyi and Dennis Kirk
guitar family: Waddy Wachtel
bass: Leland Sklar
percussion: Danny Kortchmar
drums (drum set): Russ Kunkel
background vocals: Waddy Wachtel
lyricist: Warren Zevon
composer: Warren Zevon

Dry your eyes my little friend
Let me take you by the hand
Freddie get ready Rock steady
When Johnny strikes up the band

They'll be rocking in the projects
Walking down along the strand
Freddie get ready Rock steady
When Johnny strikes up the band
Johnny strikes up the band
When Johnny strikes up the
When Johnny strikes up the
When Johnny strikes up the band

And Johnny is my main man
He's the keeper of the keys
He'll put your mind at ease
He's guaranteed to please
Back by popular demand

Look around, my little friend
Jubilation in the land
Freddie get ready Rock steady
When Johnny strikes up the band
Johnny strikes up the band
When Johnny strikes up the
When Johnny strikes up the
When Johnny strikes up the band

Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner

length: 3:48
producer: Jackson Browne and Waddy Wachtel
engineer: Greg Ladanyi and Dennis Kirk
bass: Bob Glaub
organ & piano: Warren Zevon
drums (drum set): Russ Kunkel
background vocals: The Gentlemen Boys
writer: David Lindell, Warren Zevon
Roland was a warrior
From the Land of the Midnight Sun
With a Thompson Gun for hire
Fighting to be done

The deal was made in Denmark
On a dark and stormy day
So he set out for Biafra
To join the bloody fray

Through '66 and 7
They fought the Congo War
With their fingers on their triggers
Knee-deep in gore
The days and nights they battled
The Bantu to their Knees
They killed to earn their living
And to help out the Congolese

Roland the Thompson Gunner
Roland the Thompson Gunner

His comrades fought beside him
Van Owen and the rest
But of all the Thompson Gunners
Roland was the best
So the CIA decided
They wanted Roland dead
That son-of-a-***** Van Owen
Blew off Roland's Head

Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner
Time Time Time for another week of war

Norway's bravest son
Time stands still for Roland til he evens up the score

They can still see his headless body
Stalking through the night
In the muzzle flash of Roland's Thompson Gun
In the muzzle flash of Roland's Thompson Gun

Roland searched the continent
For the man who'd done him in
He found him in Mombassa
In a bar room drinkin' Gin
Roland aimed his Thompson Gun
He didn't say a word
But he blew Van Owen's body
From there to Johanasburg.

Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner
Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner
Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner
Talkin about the man
Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner

The eternal Thompson Gunner
Still wanderin through the night
Now it's ten years later
But he still keeps up the fight
In Ireland, In Lebanon
In Palastine and Berkley
Patty Hurst
Heard the burst
Of Roland's Thompson Gun
And bought it.

Excitable Boy

length: 2:42
producer: Jackson Browne and Waddy Wachtel
piano: Warren Zevon
engineer: Greg Ladanyi and Dennis Kirk
guitar family: Waddy Wachtel
bass: Bob Glaub
saxophone: Jim Horn
drums (drum set): Russ Kunkel
background vocals: Waddy Wachtel, Linda Ronstadt and Jennifer Warnes
writer: LeRoy P. Marinell, Warren Zevon
Well, he went down to dinner in his Sunday best
Excitable boy, they all said
And he rubbed the pot roast all over his chest
Excitable boy, they all said
Well, he's just an excitable boy

He took in the four a.m. show at the Clark
Excitable boy, they all said
And he bit the usherette's leg in the dark
Excitable boy, they all said
Well, he's just an excitable boy

He took little Suzie to the Junior Prom
Excitable boy, they all said
And he raped her and killed her, then he took her home
Excitable boy, they all said
Well, he's just an excitable boy
After ten long years they let him out of the home
Excitable boy, they all said
And he dug up her grave and built a cage with her bones
Excitable boy, they all said
Well, he's just an excitable boy

Werewolves of London

length: 3:28
producer: Waddy Wachtel and Jackson Browne
piano: Warren Zevon
engineer: Greg Ladanyi and Dennis Kirk
guitar family: Waddy Wachtel
bass: John McVie
drums (drum set): Mick Fleetwood
writer: Warren Zevon, LeRoy P. Marinell, Waddy Wachtel
I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand
Walking through the streets of Soho in the rain
He was looking for a place called Lee Ho Fook's
Gonna get a big dish of beef chow mein

Aaoooooo!
Werewolves of London!
Aaoooooo! (Repeat)

If you hear him howling around your kitchen door
Better not let him in
Little old lady got mutilated late last night
Werewolves of London again

Asoooooo!
Werewolves of London!
Aaoooooo! (Repeat)

He's the hairy-handed gent who ran amuck in Kent
Lately he's been overheard in Mayfair
Better stay away from him
He'll rip your lungs out, Jim
I'd like to meet his tailor

Aaoooooo!
Werewolves of London!
Aaoooooo! (Repeat)

Well, I saw Lon Chaney walking with the Queen
Doing the Werewolves of London
I saw Lon Chaney, Jr. walking with the Queen
Doing the Werewolves of London
I saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's
And his hair was perfect

Aaoooooo!
Werewolves of London!
Aaoooooo! (Repeat)
Draw blood...

Accidentally Like a Martyr

length: 3:44
producer: Waddy Wachtel and Jackson Browne
piano: Warren Zevon
engineer: Dennis Kirk and Greg Ladanyi
bass: Leland Sklar
background vocals: Karla Bonoff, The Gentlemen Boys, Karla Bonoff and The Gentlemen Boys
guitar: Waddy Wachtel
drums (drum set): Russ Kunkel
bass guitar: Leland Sklar
lyricist: Warren Zevon
composer: Warren Zevon
By Warren Zevon
c. 1978 Zevon Music/BMI

The phone don't ring
And the sun refused to shine
Never thought I'd have to pay so dearly
For what was already mine
For such a long, long time

We made mad love
Shadow love
Random love
And abandoned love
Accidentally like a martyr
The hurt gets worse and the heart gets harder

The days slide by
Should have done, should have done, we all sigh
Never thought I'd ever be so lonely
After such a long, long time
Time out of mind

We made mad love
Shadow love
Random love
And abandoned love
Accidentally like a martyr
The hurt gets worse and the heart gets harder

Nighttime in the Switching Yard

length: 4:19
producer: Waddy Wachtel and Jackson Browne
engineer: Greg Ladanyi and Dennis Kirk
background vocals: The Gentlemen Boys
guitar: Danny Kortchmar
synthesizer: Warren Zevon
bass guitar: Bob Glaub
guitar family & synthesizer: Waddy Wachtel
cowbell: Greg Ladanyi
percussion & drums (drum set): Jeff Porcaro
writer: Jorge Calderón, Waddy Wachtel, David Lindell, Warren Zevon
Nighttime in the switching yard
Get it out on the mainline
Listen to the rhythm of the train go by
Listen to the train whistle whine
Nighttime in the switching yard

See that train...
The midnight train runs both ways

Do it
Doot dat doot dat doot dadoot
Listen to the train whistle whine
Listen to the train
Listen to the track

Veracruz

length: 3:33
producer: Jackson Browne and Waddy Wachtel
piano: Warren Zevon
engineer: Greg Ladanyi and Dennis Kirk
guitar: Waddy Wachtel
other vocals & background vocals: Jorge Calderón
recorder: Jim Horn
harp: Arthur Gerst
Spanish acoustic guitar: Manuel Vasquez and Luis Damian
drums (drum set): Rick Marotta
bass guitar: Kenny Edwards
writer: Jorge Calderón, Warren Zevon
I heard Woodrow Wilson's guns
I heard Maria crying
Late last night I heard the news
That was dying
Veracruz was dying
Someone called Maria's name
I swear it was my father's voice
Saying, "If you stay you'll all be slain
You must leave now - you have no choice
Take the servants and ride west
Keep the child close to your chest
When the American troops withdraw
Let Zapata take the rest"
I heard Woodrow Wilson's guns
I heard Maria calling
Saying, "Veracruz is dying
And Cuernavaca's falling"
Aquel dia yo jure (On that day I swore
Hacia el puerto volvere To the port I will return
Aunque el destino cambio mi vida Even though destiny changed my life
En morire In I shall die
Aquel dia yo jure On that day I swore)
I heard Woodrow Wilson's guns
I heard them in the harbor
Saying, "Veracruz is dying"

Tenderness on the Block

length: 3:59
producer: Waddy Wachtel and Jackson Browne
piano: Warren Zevon
engineer: Dennis Kirk and Greg Ladanyi
guitar family: Waddy Wachtel
background vocals: The Gentlemen Boys
drums (drum set): Rick Marotta
bass guitar: Kenny Edwards
writer: Warren Zevon, Jackson Browne
Mama, where's your pretty little girl tonight?
Trying to run before she can walk, that's right
She's growing up, she has a young man waiting
She's growing up, she has a young man waiting

Wide eyes, she'll be street-wise
To the lies and the jive talk
But she'll find true love
And tenderness on the block

Daddy, don't you ask her when she's coming in
And when she's home don't ask her where she's been
She's going out, she has a young man waiting
She's going out, can't keep her young man waiting

She'll be okay, let her have her day
'Cause it's a long way, it's a long walk
But she'll find true love
And tenderness on the block

I know how much it hurts to see her go
She has a mind of her own, you know
She's all grown up, she has a young man waiting
She's all grown up, she has a young man waiting

She was wide-eyed, now she's street-wise
To the lies and the jive talk
But she'll find true love
And tenderness on the block

She'll find true love
And tenderness on the block

Lawyers, Guns and Money

length: 3:31
producer: Waddy Wachtel and Jackson Browne
piano: Warren Zevon
engineer: Greg Ladanyi and Dennis Kirk
guitar family: Waddy Wachtel
bass: Kenny Edwards
guitar: Waddy Wachtel
drums (drum set): Rick Marotta
bass guitar: Kenny Edwards
writer: Warren Zevon
Written By Warren Zevon
c. 1978 Zevon Music/BMI

I went home with the waitress
The way I always do
How was I to know
She was with the
Russians, too?

I was gambling in Havana
I took a little risk
Send lawyers, guns and money
Dad, get me out of this hyeah

I'm the innocent bystander
Somehow I got stuck
Between the rock
and a hard place
And I'm down on my luck
Yes I'm down on my luck
Well I'm down on my luck

I'm hiding in Honduras
I'm a desperate man
Send lawyers, guns and money
The shit has hit the fan

All right
Send lawyers, guns and money
Huh!
Uh...
Send lawyers, guns and money
Uhh!
Send lawyers, guns and money
Hyah!
Send lawyers, guns and money
Ooh!
Yeah!
Yeah
Yeah...
Uh!