Song du semaine: two versions of “Splendid Isolation”

This song is one of Warren Zevon’s best, with the melody conveying the sense of resignation in the lyrics. Like a lot of good Zevon songs, he’s both expressing and lampooning the same emotion and desire. Sometimes, we all want to withdraw, but viewed from afar, it seems rather silly, doesn’t it?

Here’s Zevon’s version:

Great stuff, and Pete Yorn does a good cover. I don’t see the studio version at YouTube, but this live version is close:

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4 Responses to Song du semaine: two versions of “Splendid Isolation”

  1. Neel Mehta says:

    This is probably a good time for people to (re-)discover Warren Zevon, as Kid Rock is currently pissing on his legacy.

  2. bdure says:

    I HEARD that Kid Rock song. That’s just disturbing. I’d like to see Jordan Zevon heckle him at a show somewhere.

  3. dslifton says:

    How friggin’ insecure do you have to be to pick on a dead cult hero?

  4. Beau says:

    Probably as insecure as you have to be to introduce yourself with “My name is Kiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiddd!”

    (Which actually isn’t a bad song.)

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