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Uncommonly good song lyrics



I went to the Henley Regatta
Intending to put out to sea
They pronounced me persona non grata

— Warren Zevon, from "Lord Byron's Luggage," from the album My Ride's Here.

This is not a particularly noteworthy song, nor is the album exceptional. But Zevon was an intelligent man, and his lyrics frequently contain words and phrases you won't hear from other artists. I can't think of another songwriter who has ever used the phrase "persona non grata."

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nodressrehersal
Aug. 8th, 2014 12:46 am (UTC)
Very cool. On my ride down to Allegany last weekend, I was listening to the Counting Crows cd, "This Desert Life" and frequently thought, "Man, that's some good writing, that right there."
patrick_vecchio
Aug. 8th, 2014 01:13 am (UTC)
How is that album? And do you have a final verdict on the first two War on Drugs CDs?
anita_margarita
Aug. 8th, 2014 05:46 am (UTC)
Pickle-ickle-ickle.
patrick_vecchio
Aug. 8th, 2014 01:11 pm (UTC)
I didn't catch that one at first. Yeah. Not one of his finer moments. But he was dying, so he gets a pass.
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