It is a testament to Warren Zevon’s lyrical and musical genius that a song about a junkie in free fall could be so romantic. But this is more than just a sad love story about addiction, it’s also an ode to a seedy Los Angeles that still exists if you just squint your eyes and go in search of giving up. For those reasons and so many more—including the line about pawning his Smith-Corona typewriter in order to go score—Zevon’s “Carmelita” is probably one of the best short stories that I have ever heard anybody sing.
Read the lyrics for “Carmelita” by Warren Zevon right HERE.
Oh, and don’t forget to check out the slightly altered Linda Ronstadt version:
- Leonard Cohen—”Suzanne”
- The Descendents—”Clean Sheets”
- Jawbreaker—”Bad Scene, Everyone’s Fault”
- Pulp—”Common People”
- Marty Robbins—”El Paso”
S.W. Lauden is a writer and drummer living in Los Angeles. His short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Akashic Books, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published in 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published in 2016.