Top Ten Warren Zevon Songs: Searching for a Heart (#4)
By Four Walls
April 15, 2016 6:59pm CST
In addition to my top 20 Merle Haggard songs I'm also counting down my ten favorite songs by my all-time favorite rock songwriter, Warren Zevon. When you do something like this, the exceptional quality of so many songs makes it hard to put them in a certain order. Trust me, this was no easy list to put together! #4: Searching for a Heart They say love conquers all, you can't start it like a car, you can't stop it with a gun That is why Warren Zevon is my favorite songwriter. That's a line and a half. In fact, when David Letterman paid tribute to Zevon after his death in 2003 that was the first line he quoted from Zevon as an example of what a fine songwriter he was. This is one of Zevon's midtempo love songs that he never really got full credit for doing so well. Most people like to point to novelty songs like "Werewolves of London" or the "violent" songs on the Excitable Boy album (such as yesterday's entry, "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner") that earned him the inappropriate nickname "the Sam Peckinpah of rock and roll." Zevon had a softer side, too. Listen to "Tenderness on the Block," inspired by his baby daughter, on Excitable Boy for a great example of "the other side" of Warren Zevon. And this song fits that bill, too. It's about a man who's been hurt by love more than once and is trying to find that right person. Anyone who's been hurt by love or is trying to find love can identify strongly with this marvelous tune. Searching for a Heart Written by Warren Zevon From Mr. Bad Example, 1991
Live on Late Night with David Letterman, 1991. Searching For A Heart: Written by Warren Zevon 1991 Donna Dijon Music Publications/Zevon Music BMI Darkness in...
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• United States
16 Apr 16
They even tossed it aside when Don Henley covered it.
• United States
16 Apr 16
Yeah, there are a number of Zevon songs that I would like to have seen her cover. This is definitely one of them. I thought she did a superb job on "Carmelita," and my favorite Zevon cover by her is "Hasten Down the Wind." Have you heard the wonderful decant she sang on Zevon's "Empty Handed Heart," a song he wrote about his divorce? She sings the accusations behind his repeated "I've thrown down diamonds in the sand" brilliantly.
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