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"Werewolves of London" is a song composed by LeRoy Marinell, Waddy Wachtel, and Warren Zevon and performed by Zevon. Included on Zevon's album Excitable Boy, it featured accompaniment by bassist John McVie and drummer Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac. The song is memorable for its humorous and macabre lyrics — e.g. "I saw a werewolf drinking a piña colada at Trader Vic's, his hair was perfect!" — and the refrain featuring a howled "a-hooo!!" It is the best known of all the Warren Zevon songs.


"Werewolves of London" is in the key of G Major. It is played at a tempo of 108 quarter beats per-minute. The chords D Major, C Major and G Major are constant throughout the song and a straight 4/4 drum beat. The songs most prominent instruments are the piano and a distorted electric guitar playing chords to back up the piano. There is also a guitar solo played using a slide mid-way through the song.


Note: the text of this song's lyrics is not under the same copyright license as the wiki's encyclopedic text, it is used under fair use/dealing.

I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand,

Walkin through the streets of Soho in the rain.

He was lookin for the place called Lee Ho Fooks, gonna get a big dish of beef chow mein.

Aaahoo, werewolves of London.


Aaahoo, werewolves of London,


Ya hear him howlin around your kitchen door, ya better not let him in.

Little old lady got mutilated late last night, werewolves of London again.

Aaahoo, werewolves of London,


Aaahoo, werewolves of London,


He's the hairy handed gent, who ran amok in Kent.

Lately he's been overheard in Mayfair.

You better stay away from him, he'll rip your lungs out Jim.

Huh, I'd like to meet his tailor.

Aaahoo, werewolves of London,


Aaahoo, werewolves of London,


Well, I saw Lon Chaney walkin with the queen, doing the werewolves of London.

I saw Lon Chaney Jr. walkin with the queen, doin the werewolves of London

I saw a werewolf drinkin a pina colada at Trader Vic's,

And his hair was perfect.

Ahhhooooo, werewolves of London,

Draw blood.


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