Short Story: The Time I Listened to Nothing but Warren Zevon for One Year Straight

Warren Zevon

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PLAYLIST FOR THOSE TIMES WHEN YOU WAKE UP WITH A MIGRAINE, HAVE AN ALL-DAY ASTHMA ATTACK, AND LEARN YOU NEED A ROOT CANAL.
    1. My Shit’s Fucked Up[1]
    2. Rub Me Raw[2]
    3. Poor Poor Pitiful Me[3]
    4. Something Bad Happened to a Clown[4]
    5. Sentimental Hygiene[5]
    6. Ain’t That Pretty At All[6]

 


[1] Your body breaks down on you, betrays you. You can’t do what you used to. People tell you you’re too young to be this way. But you are. What are you supposed to do about it?

[2] All the good stuff that makes you feel better—sex, drugs, whatever—is out for one reason or another. It’s illegal, it’s immoral, your neighbors don’t approve.

[3] If someone tied you up to the railroad tracks and left you for dead, would someone come rescue you? Would someone care? Or is this the kind of story where the train doesn’t even run anymore?

[4] “He used to honk his horn.” Maybe he wasn’t trying to make you laugh. Maybe he was trying to tell you something else.

[5] “It’s so hard to find it.” Don’t be too sad about the clown. Kids don’t even like clowns anymore, anyway. Also, driving, just driving around, windows down, helps a lot.

[6] If you spend your vacation getting your root canal, this is a good song to listen to. You can drive around, looking for your sentimental hygiene, while the numbness in your mouth wears off.


Keep reading this story in Permafrost Issue 38.2

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