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"Wanted Dead or Alive" is the title track from Warren Zevon's first album, Wanted Dead or Alive.

About the Song Edit

The song describes the actions of a criminal on the run from the law, apparently wanted for crimes in fifteen states. Try as the criminal might, he just cant find a peaceful place because everyone seems to recognize his outlaw face. In many ways this song foreshadows Zevon's later songs involving criminals and similar dark themes. Zevon revisited the theme of being sought out by the law twenty years later in "The Long Arm Of The Law" from his 1989 album, Transverse City.

The song is a part of soundtrack of the fourth season of Showtime TV-show "Californication".

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 am wanted dead or alive

I'm wanted everywhere

I've got to survive

They say I am a violent man

Only trying to do the best I can

Dig it?


I am wanted dead or alive

Fifteen states I've got to survive

I am wanted dead or alive

I'm a new kind of man

I've got to survive


Running a long way


I am wanted dead or alive

I'm wanted everywhere

I've got to survive

Now all I'm trying to do

Is find a peaceful place

But they say I have an outlaw face

My lord, I have an outlaw's face

I have an outlaw's face


They say I have an outlaw's face

My, my, yes I have an outlaw's face

I have an outlaw's face

I have an outlaw's face

Oh my lord, I have an outlaw's face

Sweet God almighty, I have an outlaw's face

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