Carmelita
Murray McLauchlan Lyrics


Zevon

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
And they cut off your welfare check

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

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

Carmelita hold me tighter
I think I'm sinking down
And I'm all strung out on heroin

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Roe C.

Nice to come across the early recorded history of this song. Gotta admit, my first and favorite exposure to this song, years ago, was rendered by a true dirty rock n' roller--GG Allin. His music and lifestyle just fit the words of this song to a tee.

ArsenicFiend85

Same dude. First time I heard this song was in my "punk" days years ago. I always assumed GG wrote it cause like you said it fits his lifestyle. Then I was randomly listening to Warren Zevon stuff today and saw he had a version and thought the song was his. Now I stumble on this guy Murray McLauchlan and realize Warren wrote it but Murray recorded it 4 years before Warren. Crazy... Anyway great tune.

Jimiel Joseph

Had I not started with my list of artists like Linda Ronstadt doing this as well as a few others here on my list but I just happened to read that it was Murray McLaughlin that first recorded the song even though Warren Zevon wrote it 1972 and how's about that for some Canadian history, EH.

Stella Ercolani

How about stuck in 'Skagway' Alaska like that. Irony or what? !

Bob Allen

Murray really nailed this one! My favorite Warren Zevon tune..

Buzz Goodrich

Thanks for the post!!

Lunatic Fringe Fly Fishing

You guys are all right (kind of) Warren Zevon wrote it but Murray McLauchlin was first to record it in 72. 4 years later it was recorded by Warren himsel and the most popular version was recorded in 77 by Linda R.

scarface82us

I need Carmelita to hold me tighter :-(

Chris Biggar

jesus man, keep your negative opinions to yourself. i dont agree haha

Chris Biggar

i would like to remind you guys that this song is murray's version, lets not compare it to the original and appreciate it for what it is.

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