Lawyers, Guns and Money

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"Lawyers, Guns and Money"
Single by Warren Zevon
from the album Excitable Boy
ReleasedJuly 1978
GenreHard rock
Songwriter(s)Warren Zevon

"Lawyers, Guns and Money" is a song by Warren Zevon, and the closing track on his 1978 album Excitable Boy. An edited version of the song was released as a single and this edited version is on the A Quiet Normal Life best of compilation on the physical CD and LP. The digital download and streaming version of the compilation use the album version.


The song was first covered by Rick Derringer on the 1978 album If I Weren't So Romantic, I'd Shoot You and was released as a single. It was later covered by The Wallflowers on the album Enjoy Every Sandwich: The Songs of Warren Zevon in 2004. It was also a hit for Hank Williams Jr. in 1983 (from his album Five-O) and is regularly played live by Widespread Panic.

The song also lent its title to a light-hearted radio program on the Melbourne community radio station 3RRR which looked at the legal fraternity in the city. The program started in 1985 and ran for several years hosted by the pseudonymous duo "Donoghue & Stevenson" - Dennis Connell and Ross Stevenson. The song was used as both intro and exit music for the program.[1]

Though the version employed was technically not a cover, the song was used in the opening titles of the show Justice, with Victor Garber, in 2006.


  1. ^ Peter Wilmoth (30 June 2002). "Ross and shine". The Age. Retrieved 19 April 2013.