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"Trouble Waiting to Happen" is a humorous song from the Warren Zevon comeback album, Sentimental Hygiene.

About the Song Edit

As the title would suggest, the song's theme is about the narrator describing various troubles that are facing him. These include the third and fourth world wars and being slandered in the Rolling Stone (With Zevon commenting on what he had supposedly done as sounding "like a lot of fun"). The line may be a reference to the fact that after disappointing sales of his The Envoy album, Asylum Records dropped Zevon, but never told him about what they had done. He found out in the end by reading the gossip column of the Rolling Stone. The song ends with a warning that trouble is waiting to happen to us all, and a repeated chorus of the songs title. The song is similar to another song on the album, "Bad Karma".

Song 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.

I woke up this morning and fell out of bed

Trouble waiting to happen

Should've quit while I was ahead

Trouble waiting to happen

I turned on the news to the Third World War

Opened up the paper to World War IV

Just when I thought it was safe to be bored

Trouble waiting to happen

Trouble waiting to happen


The mailman brought me the Rolling Stone

Trouble waiting to happen

It said I was living at home alone

Trouble waiting to happen

I read things I didn't know I'd done

It sounded like a lot of fun

I guess I've been bad or something

Trouble waiting to happen

Trouble waiting to happen


Trouble waiting to happen

Teardrops ready to start

Trouble waiting to happen to my heart


This just ain't gonna be my day

Trouble waiting to happen

Things just ain't gonna go my way

Trouble waiting to happen

My day was over by a quarter to ten

I climbed right back into bed again

I'd write this down if I could hold a pen

I might get better but I don't know when

So I'm gonna wait right here 'til then

Trouble waiting to happen

Trouble waiting to happen


Trouble waiting to happen

Teardrops ready to fall

Trouble waiting to happen to us all

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