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"I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" is a song from Warren Zevon's 1976 self-titled album.

About the Song Edit

I'llSleepWhenI'mDead

Compilation album

The song contains Zevon's trademark cynicism and morbid fascination. The song features a man refusing to rest from his damned deeds with the note that he'll sleep when he's dead. The song suggests that with life so short and with only so many Saturday nights to "raise a little harm" there is no time for sleep. It also notes that if he stops being able to keep up his act and starts "acting stupid" that he'll shoot himself. The studio version of the song also contains long streams of incomprehensible muttering by Zevon, though most other versions do not feature this.

The title of the song became one of Zevon's most frequently quoted and the title most ascribed to his personality. The title was later used as a compilation album name I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (An Anthology) and as the header for Crystal Zevon's biography of her late ex-husband I'll Sleep When I'm Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon. The song also appears on A Quiet Normal Life: The Best of Warren Zevon and on the live album Stand in the Fire.

Lyrics Edit

Note: the text of this song's lyrics is not under the same copyright license as the wiki's encyclopedic text, it is used under fair use/dealing.

Biography

Biography

So much to do, there's plenty on the farm

I'll sleep when I'm dead

Saturday night I like to raise a little harm

I'll sleep when I'm dead


I'm drinking heartbreak motor oil and Bombay gin

I'll sleep when I'm dead

Straight from the bottle, twisted again

I'll sleep when I'm dead


Well, I take this medicine as prescribed

I'll sleep when I'm dead

It don't matter if I get a little tired

I'll sleep when I'm dead


I've got a .38 special up on the shelf

I'll sleep when I'm dead

If I start acting stupid

I'll shoot myself

I'll sleep when I'm dead


So much to do, there's plenty on the farm

I'll sleep when I'm dead

Saturday night I like to raise a little harm

I'll sleep when I'm dead

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