Dwight Yoakam Lyrics

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

Carmelita hold me tighter
I think I'm sinking down
And I'm all strung out on heroin
On the outskirts of town

Well, I'm sittin' here playing solitaire
With my pearl-handled deck
The county won't give me no more methadone
They cut off your welfare check


Well, I pawned my Smith-Corona
And I went to meet my man
He hangs out down on Alvarado Street
By the Pioneer chicken stand

[Chorus: x2]

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Written by: WARREN ZEVON

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I get dope sick just listening this song

Pat Disaster

@Victoria Thomas my partner in crime says methadone clinic is an easy gig....I chip but don't wanna be chained....I'm cuffed ...that's bad enough

Irene Max

@Anomynous Hey Anomynous 😀 Was it hard to quit? How are you doing now? No pressure to respond to those questions, ok? Since I wrote that, I have tried to reconnect with my first love, alcohol, thinking that I’m not doing well, things couldn’t get any worse. But now I see that although I still love alcohol, it doesn’t love me. Makes my skin hurt, yuk.

Irene Max

It makes me crave also (this is my relationship with heroin since I was a youngster: people telling me, “you love drugs, so you will adore heroin. Here, try it.” And me saying, “no way! I’ll stick to the non addictive drugs, thank you. I grew up in a hovel, I have no desire to return to such a place!” But always craving, y’know, knowing I was missing out on the best highs, if only they didn’t come at such a cost. And then years later finding out that there’s no such thing as non addictive drugs, and having to give them all up, glad I didn’t have to break up with heroin, but still wistful, like, me and you, H, we coulda had some good times...)

Victoria Thomas

@dormie basne yeah, esp County won't give me no more methadone and they cut off yer welfare check. Sounds like 2020 for many souls.

dormie basne

I like Dwight's flat affect in his face. Absolutely suits the theme of the song's lyrics, here.

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john meyer

Dwight Yoakum was a good friend of WZ. He played on "The Wind". Warren Zevon's last album. Warren joked with Dwight about the Southern version of "Carmelita". But he loved it just the same. And Dwight was there with Billy Bob Thornton, and Bruce Springsteen, a week before he died.


I'm so glad to know they were with him then

Worstnme69420 Kammerer

I didn't know that

Harrison Westphall

Back when Country Music made you feel things.

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