Saturday, August 04, 2007
You Must Leave Now, You Have No Choice
The first time I've listened to this song in 20 years and it's killing me.
In fact, the whole album is killing me.
My best friend Toby turned me onto him. He used to give me the Zevon albums for my birthdays knowing hat I was never gonna buy them myself. I never really took Zevon seriously, I mean I knew Zevon was a good songwriter, but he was no Leonard Cohen.
My god, Toby was right. Zevon is one of the best songwriters of the Late 20th Century. How he ever got to record at all, I do not know (the answer is: Jackson Browne).
Zevon was not scared. And he wrote and sang about it. His lyrics are nothing but honest (or at least as honest as one can be about a headless Thompson gunner) and that's a rarity.
I am not jumping on the bandwagon of the "Oh he's dead, let's laud him" fucks.
Let's just say I have a new and profound appreciation for his work.
Thanks, Toby. Again.
This is Reby.
I have a profound appreciation for her too. I hope she gets home safely tonight from Chinatown...