Well baby, there you stand
With your little head, down in your hand
Oh, my God, you can’t believe it’s happening again
Your baby’s gone, and you’re all alone
And it looks like the end.
And you’re back out on match.com!! 🙂
And you’re tryin’ to remember.
How do you start it over?
You don’t know if you can.
You don’t care much for a stranger’s touch,
But you can’t hold your man.
You never thought you’d be alone this far down the line
And I know what’s been on your mind
You’re afraid it’s all been wasted time
Another love has come and gone
And the years keep rushing on
I remember what you told me before you went out on your own:
“Sometimes to keep it together, we got to leave it alone.”
So you can get on with your search, baby, and I can get on with mine
And maybe someday we will find , that it wasn’t really wasted time
I love that song, one of the lesser known songs from The Eagles 1976 album Hotel California, desperately sad lyrics of lost love and struggling to move on.
I was a kid back then and The Eagles with their country rock sounds of love, loss, drugs and excess barely registered with this young wannabe-punk.
It may have been American Rock at its finest, but it was so dated compared with the UK punk and pop of the day with The Stranglers and Sex Pistols.
However, the music has passed the test of time while the pop and punk has largely faded away.
That particular song I heard one night flicking through music on random on my iTunes full of albums I’ve collected over the years.
The song was originally the last track on the A-side of the LP, largely ignored because you’d move the stylus back to hear Hotel California again!
But occasionally the album played on, only for the stylus to be removed as at the time, for me it was rather depressing.
Back around the time of my marriage break-up, that song clicked .. even listening to it now, it resonates of dark days and memories that I’d rather forget.
In my own opinion, The Eagles captured that perfectly in this song.
Speaking to people online, you hear the same stories of heartache and loss., People at various stages of self-recovery, some using dating as a crutch, some angry with the world, some nowhere near ready to move on.
But you have to .. you do .. because you can’t go back .. but take my advice .. just tread carefully and don’t jump in too far too soon.
As the song fades out on the album, the surprising orchestral reprise kicks in, so different from the other tracks on the album, sad and poignantly closing the A-side as the memory of the rock fades.
Tomorrow night, The Eagles bring their History tour to The Hydro, Glasgow and this ex-wannabe-punk-but-my-mammy-widnae-let-me is really looking forward to the show!
I’ve looked at the set-list and it looks fantastic, but missing this song. .. maybe I should have wrote about my other favourite song of theirs Desperado instead!! 🙂
Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses?
Come down from your fences, open the gate
It may be rainin’, but there’s a rainbow above you
You better let somebody love you, before it’s too late
Yeah I know!! 🙂
Or how about their sexiest song …
One of these nights, one of these crazy old nights
We’re gonna find out pretty mama what turns on your lights
The full moon is calling, the fever is high
And the wicked wind whispers and moans
You got your demons
You got desires
But I got a few of my own
Oooh someone to be kind to in between the dark and the light
Oooh swear I’m going to find you …
One of these nights!!
Have a great weekend whatever you are doing!!