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TheEnvoy

Album cover

"The Envoy" is a song from Warren Zevon's 1982 album of the same name.

About the SongEdit

The song was inspired by veteran American diplomat, and special envoy to the Middle East, Philip Habib's shuttle diplomacy during Israel's Lebanon incursion of 1982. The song depicts such a diplomat being sent around the world to deal with various crises and to protect American interests. This involves various issues of nuclear armaments in the volatile Middle East and various tensions and conflicts between nations there as well as the also unstable, more so at the time of the song's release, Latin American region. The song talks about the envoy's talents and diplomatic immunity and says that whenever there is trouble he is sent out by the President. The song ends by suggesting that the singer, Zevon, is actually the envoy in question. In the liner notes for the 1996 I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (An Anthology), Zevon stated that after the song came out, Habib sent him "a very nice letter of appreciation on State Department stationery". The cover for the album features Zevon as a shuttle diplomat in a circumstance Zevon described as "wanting to play James Bond" to David Letterman. The song also appears on A Quiet Normal Life: The Best of Warren Zevon and I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (An Anthology).

LyricsEdit

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.

Nuclear arms in the Middle East

Israel is attacking the Iraqis

The Syrians are mad at the Lebanese

And Baghdad does whatever she please

Looks like another threat to world peace

For the envoy


Things got hot in El Salvador

CIA got caught and couldn't do no more

He's got diplomatic immunity

He's got a lethal weapon that nobody sees

Looks like another threat to world peace

For the envoy

Send the envoy

Send the envoy


Whenever there's a crisis

The President sends his envoy in

Guns in Damascus

Woa, Jerusalem


Nuclear arms in the Middle East

Israel is attacking the Iraqis

The Syrians are mad at the Lebanese

And Baghdad do whatever she please

Looks like another threat to world peace

For the envoy

Send the envoy . . .

Send for me

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