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(YouTube)   Warren Zevon, one of the world's most legendary singer-songwriters, died ten years ago today. Here's a live performance of Gorilla You're a Desperado   ( divider line
    More: Sad, Warren Zevon, Los Angeles Zoo, gorillas  
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Warren Zevon - Gorilla You're A Desperado - Fridays TV Show, 1980.

Show aired on May 9, 1980. A rare & amazing version of a special song! Enjoy!

"Gorilla, You're a Desperado" is a track from Warren Zevon's 1980 album Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School.

About the Song:
It's a comedic account of the narrator's visit to the Los Angeles Zoo, where a gorilla took his car keys, and proceeded to invade his life, leaving him in the zoo to take his place. Zevon's "gorilla" theme is not unique to this piece, in fact, a song called "Gorilla" was included on his first ever album back in 1969. To quote Warren's son Jordan, "Dad had obsessions with certain things. He had an obsession with gorillas, and he had an obsession with skulls. There was a plastic gorilla thing that had wire-rimmed glasses on, and he had a song called, 'Gorilla', on his first album, Wanted Dead or Alive." Similar themes echo to a certain extent in songs such as "Leave My Monkey Alone" from 1987's Sentimental Hygiene.

Lyrics: Written by Warren Zevon 1980 Zevon Music BMI

Big gorilla at the L.A. Zoo
Snatched the glasses right off my face
Took the keys to my BMW
Left me here to take his place

I wish the ape a lot of success
I'm sorry my apartment's a mess
Most of all I'm sorry if I made you blue
I'm betting the gorilla will, too

They say Jesus will find you wherever you go
But when He'll come looking for you, they don't know
In the mean time, keep your profile low
Gorilla, you're a desperado

He built a house on an acre of land
He called it Villa Gorilla Now
I hear he's getting divorced
Laying low at L'Ermitage, of course

Then the ape grew very depressed
Went through Transactional Analysis
He plays racquetball and runs in the rain
Still he's shackled to a platinum chain

Big gorilla at the L.A. Zoo
Snatched the glasses right off my face
Took the keys to my BMW
Left me here to take his place

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