Warren Zevon opened the music on this hump day with “Carmelita”. A dark song about someone struggling with a heroin addiction.

In this early/original version he sings. “I pawned my Smith & Wesson”, and it was changed to “I pawned my Smith Corona” in most of the other versions. I wonder if the recording label forced that change.   

What do they think he meant by “pearl handled deck”, he wasn’t playing cards, he was either playing or contemplating playing russian roulette.  “Smith Corona” works for the 70′s/80′s, but the firearm reference fits the song so much better.  It sounds to me like Warren encountered a couple of those record people Tom Petty has ranted about here and there. 

Favorite Line:

I hear Mariachi static on my radio
And the tubes they glow in the dark
And I’m there with her in Ensenada
And I’m here in Echo Park

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