Warren Zevon – Keep Me In Your Heart

The song can bring tears to your eyes while watching the video. Zevon recorded this when he knew he was dying and it is a touching song. The song was off of the album The Wind which peaked #12 in the Billboard 200 album charts in 2003.

This was the final song Zevon wrote and recorded before dying of mesothelioma (a form of lung cancer) in September of 2003. This was also the only song on Zevon’s final album The Wind that he wrote entirely after learning of his terminal illness. With the exception of the cover of “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,” all of the remaining songs on the album were songs Zevon had already at least started writing beforehand.

Zevon saved the recording of this song for last. His deteriorating health rendered him too weak to continue commuting to the studio where the other tracks had been recorded, so he had a makeshift studio set up at his home to record this song.



Keep Me In Your Heart

Shadows are fallin’ and I’m runnin’ out of breath
Keep me in your heart for a while
If I leave you it doesn’t mean I love you any less
Keep me in your heart for a while

When you get up in the mornin’ and you see that crazy sun
Keep me in your heart for a while
There’s a train leavin’ nightly called “When All is Said and Done”
Keep me in your heart for a while

Keep me in your heart for a while

Keep me in your heart for a while

Sometimes when you’re doin’ simple things around the house
Maybe you’ll think of me and smile
You know I’m tied to you like the buttons on your blouse
Keep me in your heart for a while

Hold me in your thoughts
Take me to your dreams
Touch me as I fall into view
When the winter comes
Keep the fires lit
And I will be right next to you

Engine driver’s headed north up to Pleasant Stream
Keep me in your heart for a while
These wheels keep turnin’ but they’re runnin’ out of steam
Keep me in your heart for a while

Keep me in your heart for a while

Keep me in your heart for a while

Keep me in your heart for a while





Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

22 thoughts on “Warren Zevon – Keep Me In Your Heart”

  1. That’s what I needed, a big fat cry on a Saturday morning. It’s hard to fathom he’s been gone over 15 years. Time speeds up as we get older, no doubt.

    Thanks for this, even though I’m still bawling!

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    1. I’m sorry! Wow I can’t believe it’s been 15 years… I know it still gets to me everytime I hear/watch it.


  2. I am ashamed to admit this is the first time I have heard this. I always liked him and remember Letterman doing something with him. I knew he had lung cancer, and had heard a few cuts from the album, but never this one. Pretty powerful in context!

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    1. No shame… it didn’t chart at all… it makes it that deeper of a song. It gets me when I see the video.


    1. He said he was afraid of going to the doctor and hadn’t been for years… you have a point… I don’t know


      1. I remember it was at our high school and the first year that I was about to start there they took it out thank goodness. We didn’t start until the middle of September…

        Oh yes they were built in the 70s right? It would have been full and when it came down…it probably went everywhere


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