Radio XLVIII, side B, track 5: “Werewolves Of London” by Warren Zevon

Warren Zevon - Werewolves Of LondonOh, Warren Zevon, from the first moment I heard this song, I’ve been fascinated with it.  Just like with Bigfoot, I was both drawn to and horrified by the idea of the werewolf.  And I can pretty much pinpoint where that started.  It was when I listened to the audio adaptation of an Amazing Spider-Man story called “The Mark Of The Man-Wolf!” (which you can listen to here.  If you dare. . .).  That record scared the shit out of me, Warren Zevon.  But I also couldn’t not listen to it.  The idea that there was somebody out there who could turn into a homicidal wolf-man was both terrifying and amazingly awesome all at once.  I didn’t want to think about it, but yet that’s all I wanted to think about.  The idea of hearing some creature snuffling right outside your door was delightfully thrilling.  Which is why I enjoyed the hell out of songs about slavering, baying creatures while I was at the exact same time screaming at myself to stop listening to them because I wouldn’t sleep for a week.

So you can imagine I was pretty enamored with this song, Warren Zevon.  For one thing, it had “werewolves” right in the title, so you knew right away you were in for something good.  But what I loved the most about this song is that it paints a picture of a world where werewolves are just a part of normal life.  Where you’ll see them hanging out doing pretty normal stuff like drinking a pina colada, but yet they’ll clearly rip your lungs out if given the chance.  The world of “Werewolves of London” is one where the horrific is humdrum.  Where reading about an old woman ripped apart by a beast is old hat.  Which makes it all the more scary.  Ah-hoooo indeed, Warren Zevon.

“Werewolves Of London”

<awesome Warren Zevon jam>

I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand

Walkin’ through the streets of SoHo in the rain

He was lookin’ for the place called Lee Ho Fooks

For ta get a big dish of beef chow mein

Ah-hooo, werewolves of London

Ah-hooooooooooooooo

Ah-hooo, werewolves of London

Ah-hooooooooooooooo

Ya hear him howlin’ around ya kitchen door

Ya better not let ‘im in

Little old lady got mutilated late last night

Werewolves of London again

Ah-hooo, werewolves of London

Ah-hooooooooooooooo

Ah-hooo, werewolves of London

Ah-hooooooooooooooo
Huh

<awesome Warren Zevon jam>

He’s the hairy-handed gent

Who ran amok in Kent

Lately he’s been overheard in Mayfair

You better stay away from him

He’ll rip your lungs out, Jim

Huh, I’d like ta meet his tailor

Ah-hooo, werewolves of London

Ah-hooooooooooooooo

Ah-hooo, werewolves of London

Ah-hooooooooooooooo

Well, I saw Lon Chaney walkin’ with the Queen

Doin’ the werewolves of London

I saw Lon Chaney Jr. walkin’ with the Queen
Uh

Doin’ the werewolves of London

I saw a werewolf drinkin’ a piña colada at Trader Vic’s

His hair was perfect

Na

Ah-hoooooooooooooooo

Werewolves of London

Huh, draw blood

Ah-hoooooooooooooooo

Werewolves of London

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