Special Tribute To Fallen Friends

In August 2003, Billy Bob Thornton lost three very dear friends within the span of one week. Well-known Los Angeles poet and Planet Billy Bob denizen Scott Wannberg wrote the following two poems to mark the passing of the inimitable and irreplaceable Johnny Cash, John Ritter, and Warren Zevon

Warren Zevon

shake it baby
his last days with us
all encompassing
death warrant of inoperable lung cancer regardless
gonna keep the light on for a spell



The Soiree Takes You Somewhere

for Johnny Cash and John Ritter

had a bag full of wildernesses
demanding they get tamed
don't know about all that civilization
could be overrated
the Man in Black sails across the lighting here
he's gonna tell me this story
that just has to raise its hand
the other John, his daddy was a Tex
they sit in the cantina
near the beginning of time and space
and roll some dice with some musical first names
I roll wounds into a smokeable thing
light my way through the confusion of human
the Man in Black wants me to listen to this new song
I keep the world outside for a bit
we all stand up when the earth begins to hum
they got music coming from all corners of the room
and the music says
you just keep swaying baby
one of these days the sky is going to finally see you
and smile

for Johnny Cash and John Ritter


In September, 2003
, the members of the Planet Billy Bob fan newsgroup raised and donated $500 to Billy Bob's favorite charity, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, in memory of Warren Zevon, Johnny and June Carter Cash, and John Ritter.


The ultra-prolific Scott Wannberg is the author of numerous poetry collections, including Juice! The Musical, The Electric Yes Indeed, Mr. Mumps, Amnesia Motel, Equal Opportunity Sledgehammer, and Nomads of Oblivion. You can join Scott's lively politics, poetry, and art newsgroup Ongoing Dancers by visiting and subscribing to OngoingDancers. You can write Scott at




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