Desperados Under the Eaves


"Desperados Under the Eaves" is a song written and performed by Warren Zevon from his eponymous 1976 album1

The song describes the narrator's growing alcoholism "Cooped up in his shitty motel room with The Shakes, a drink-desperate Zevon wittily narrates his frustration with LA's refusal to give anyone a free pass Even if it sinks into the ocean oh, and it will, the city will still get its due You may hate it here, but you can’t escape 'Heaven help the one who leaves' so long as you’re empty-handed"2

This song features background vocals from Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys When conducting the string section for this song, Zevon kept the veteran players "on his side" with pre-written humor3 Zevon has said in interviews that this is one of his most personal songs

The LA Weekly listed the song as number 10 in its list of "The 20 Best Songs Ever Written About LA"2

Referencesedit

  1. ^ Desperados Under the Eaves at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b "The 20 Best Songs Ever Written About LA", LA Weekly, 15 October 2014
  3. ^ I'll Sleep When I'm Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon by Crystal Zevon, 2008 pp109-111


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