From what I know about alcoholism, I'd say there's nothing romantic, nothing grand, nothing heroic, nothing brave -- nothing like that about drinking. It's a real coward's death.
Quoted in Paul Nelson, "Warren Zevon's Resurrection: How he saved himself from a coward's death", Rolling Stone (1981-03-19)
I write songs about things that I'm simultaneously trying to not think about.Warren Zevon
It just sort of happened. I wrote like what I'd always read and what was in the movies... I'm sure popular music is supposed to be like this.Warren Zevon
Sickness, doctors, that scares me, not violence -- helplessness. That's why I turn to violent stories.Warren Zevon
I wrote my songs despite the fact that I was a drunk, not because of it.Warren Zevon
Well, first of all, let me say that I might have made a tactical error in not going to a physician for 20 years. It was one of those phobias that really didn’t pay off.Warren Zevon