Lawyers, Guns and Money

"Lawyers, Guns and Money" is a song by Warren Zevon, and the closing track on his 1978 album Excitable Boy.

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

Record World called it "rock 'n' roll at its angriest."[1]



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, although the lyrics on the rear cover are the full un-edited version. The digital download and streaming version of the compilation use the album version.[citation needed]



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. Meat Loaf covered the song on his 1999 live album VH1 Storytellers. It was later covered by The Wallflowers on the album Enjoy Every Sandwich: The Songs of Warren Zevon in 2004. It was also covered by Hank Williams Jr. in 1983 for his album Five-O and released as the B-side of his single "I'm for Love". and is regularly played live by Widespread Panic. It has also been covered by Micky & The Motorcars, with a recording of it on their "Live at Billy Bob's Texas" album.


The song 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.[2]

The song was used for the opening of the show Justice, with Victor Garber, in 2006. There is a blog called Lawyers Guns and Money.[3] The third episode of the HBO series The Staircase featured the song for its end credits.


  1. ^ "Single Picks" (PDF). Record World. March 21, 1981. p. 12. Retrieved 2023-02-26.
  2. ^ Peter Wilmoth (30 June 2002). "Ross and shine". The Age. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Lawyers, Guns & Money".