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"Excitable Boy" was written by LeRoy Marinell and Warren Zevon, and was performed by Zevon (Piano), Waddy Wachtel (Guitar), Bob Glaub (Bass), Russell Kunkel (Drums), Jim Horn (Sax), Linda Ronstadt, Jennifer Warnes, & Waddy Wachtel (Harmony Vocals).

About the Song Edit

The song is about a juvenile sociopath and his many misadventures. This begins with mild occurrences such as messing himself up with food and escalates higher and higher until downright slaughter. His first descent into violence described is of biting an usherette's leg whilst lighting was poor at a public performance; and the stated gender also seems to illustrate the juvenile's descent into misogynistic attacks. Going to the junior prom with "Little Susie", the heroine of Zevon's former employers, the Everly Brothers', signature tune "Wake Up Little Susie", his urges quickly overcome him leading to rape and murder - only to then bring the corpse home as a trophy. After spending ten years "in the home" his uncontrollable behaviour is far from sated as he returns to Suzie's grave and digs up her bones to make into a cage.

Like most of Zevon's darker ballads, the narrative is an attempt at humour rather then plain horror. This is achieved through the irony of, no matter how vile the charge, the adults around the "excitable boy" in question merely dismiss the rowdy behaviour as "well, he's just an excitable boy", with a chorus emphasizing this idea. Arguably this song, more then his more well known "Werewolves of London", helped cement Zevon's persona as a macabre songwriter. The song is also famously self-referential in many aspects in that it refers to Zevon himself and his restlessness. The anecdote about the pot roast for example was literally something that Zevon actually did, as described in I'll Sleep When I'm Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon. Zevon was later diagnosed as having obsessive compulsive disorder; a shared condition that lead to his friendship with Billy Bob Thornton. This condition likely also contributed to his alcohol and drug addictions and other problems.

LyricsEdit

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Well, he went down to dinner in his Sunday best

Excitable boy, they all said

And he rubbed the pot roast all over his chest

Excitable boy, they all said

Well, he's just an excitable boy


He took in the four A.M show at the Clark

Excitable boy, they all said

And he bit the usherette's leg in the dark

Excitable boy, they all said

Well, he's just an excitable boy


He took little Suzie to the Junior Prom

Excitable boy, they all said

And he raped her and killed her, then they took her home

Excitable boy, they all said

Well he's just an excitable boy


After ten long years they let him out of the home

Excitable boy, they all said

And he dug up her grave and built a cage with her bones

Excitable boy, they all said

Well he's just an excitable boy

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