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Vol. 5, Iss. 2
February 10, 2016

The Greatest Song Ever About Lawyers And Love


When it comes to great songs about lawyers and love, you would think that Jackson Browne’s classic, “Lawyers in Love,” gets top honors. Well, think again. The song, in fact, has nothing to do with lawyers. At least not as far as I can tell. Check out the lyrics. If you see something I’m missing, please let me know.

[I reached out to Jackson Browne’s manager, Cree Miller, requesting to speak to Jackson, to ask him what “Lawyers in Love” has to do with lawyers. She replied that he is not available while on his solo tour. Come to think of it, a doctor, in "Doctor My Eyes", seems an unusual choice to lament one's hardships. Jeez, what’s up with this guy?]

But there is a great song that is unquestionably about a lawyer (and a Philadelphia one at that) and love. Check out these wonderful lyrics of Woodie Guthrie’s 1937 “Reno Blues:”

Way out in Reno, Nevada
Where romance blooms and fades
A great Philadelphia lawyer
Was in love with a Hollywood maid.

“Come, love, and we will wander
Down where the lights are bright
I'll win you a divorce from your husband
And we can get married tonight.”

Wild Bill was a gun-totin’ cowboy
Ten notches were carved in his gun
An’ all the boys around Reno
Left Wild Bill’s maiden alone.

One night when he was returning
From ridin’ the range in the cold
He dreamed of his Hollywood sweetheart
Her love was as lasting as gold.

As he grew near her window
A shadow he saw on the shade
‘Twas the great Philadelphia lawyer
Makin’ love to Bill’s Hollywood maid.

The night was as still as the desert
And the moon hangin’ high overhead
Bill listened a while to the lawyer
He could hear ev’ry word that they said...

“Your hands are so pretty and lovely
Your form’s so rare and divine
Come go with me to the city
And leave this wild cowboy behind.”

Now back in old Pennsylvania
Among the beautiful pines
There’s one less Philadelphia lawyer
In old Philadelphia tonight...

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