Frequently I'm asked about some of the words
Warren uses in his songs. You'll probably never need a dictionary to
listen to anyone else's music. Here's a quick rundown, and if I've left
some out, please send mail
and I'll post a definition as soon as possible.
(WAR' en ZEE' vahn) I know this seems patronizing, but I get lots of
mail asking me the proper pronunciation of Mr Zevon's name. What's worse
is that I mispronounced his name for about a year when I first became a
(bru' sell O' sis) 1. Undulate fever. 2. A disease of cattle caused by
the bacillus Brucella Abortus and resulting in abortions in newly
infected animals. (Courtesy American Heritage Dictionary, Second College
(rej' ih SY' duhl) Referring to killing a royal figure, particularly a
(SO' bri kay) A nickname.
(GOON) A hockey term, referring specifically to a type of player whose
primary function is to defend his teammates with physical violence from
(KRISH' nah mur tee) A Hindu teacher and spiritual thinker of the early
And he's got a website.
(mo HAHM' med; Warren pronounces it mo HAM' ed) The main prophet and
teacher of Islam - note that Mohammed is not a god figure.
Persona non grata
(per SOH' nuh NAHN GRAH' tah) Not an acceptable person. An unwelcome
(mak GILL ih KUDD eez REEKS) One of the highest mountain ranges in
The Seven Deadly Sins
A Christian concept, instituted in the mid 1600's, along with the
Cardinal Virtues. In no particular order: Greed, sloth, wrath, lust,
gluttony, envy, vanity.
Chemin de fer
(shih MAN' deh FEHR') A variation of baccarat. Played with cards.
Hai'ina ia mai'ana ka pu'ana
(HI' eenah eeah my ee ah na KAH' poo ah nah) "Get to the point", or
"sing the chorus"
Requiescat en pace
(reh KWEE' es kaht en PAH' chay) Rest in peace.
Je ne sais quoi
(zheh neh SAY KWAH) Literally "I know not what" - denotes something
Heartbreak Motor Oil
(HART BRAYK MO tur OYL) It's unconfirmed, but an e-mail contributor
suggested it might be Guinness Stout. Any ideas?
Beef Chow Mein
(BEEF CHOW main) A Chinese dish containing steak, noodles, various
vegetables including but not limited to onions, carrots and bean
sprouts, garlic and soy sauce. A
recipe has been included.
(FATE uh KOM plee) Already accomplished, an outcome that's
(dih VAN) A sofa-like seating object, generally the size of a loveseat.
(pah lee VIE nil KLOR ide) A type of flexible plastic used in making pop
bottles and vinyl clothing, among other things.
Masai, Mau Mau
(muh SIGH, MAW-MAW) The Masai are a Western African tribe with a
warrior-like nomadic culture. They have been mostly resistant to
influence from the Western world. The Mau Mau was a Gikuyu secret
society which became a fighting force during the
Twilight of the Gods
(TWI lite uv the GODZ) The English title for the Gotterdammerung, an
opera by Richard Wagner, and the final opera in his Ring Cycle. Click
for a synopsis.
(MYOO tin EER) One who mutinies, i.e. bucks lawful authority, either
actively or passively.
(LAY mur sen AIR) there's a few options here, and I, a non-French
speaker, will simply have to direct you to a