Thursday, February 27, 2014

you ain't gettin' no younger

One Of These Nights, I’m going to Take It Easy and check into the Hotel California. No Witchy Woman is going to keep me from having a Peaceful Easy Feeling. (I might need to bring a mp3 player along)

Until then, Lisleman is providing you his analysis of the messages found in the song Desperado.

This song was hit for The Eagles and Linda Ronstadt. I didn’t know until my youtube searching that Karen Carpenter did a cover of it too. (I included the clip for you play while reading)

UPDATE  - Lawyer attack.  I just noticed the Karen Carpenter version was taken down by the owners (obviously not Karen) of the copyright.  Please enjoy the Carrie Underwood version at least until the next lawyer attack.


Side note stuck here in the middle (nobody reads my sidebar) - I still chuckle remembering the story of my wife thinking this song was written by the college friend who sang it often. She had been living overseas when The Eagles had their hit with it.

Desperado, why don't you come to your senses?
You been out ridin' fences for so long now
Oh, you're a hard one
(being stubborn and overly opinionated just makes life harder)
I know that you got your reasons
These things that are pleasin' you
Can hurt you somehow
(old reasons fade with time - embrace the change)
Don't you draw the queen of diamonds, boy
She'll beat you if she's able
You know the queen of hearts is always your best bet
(her big heart not her bling is more important in the long run)
Now it seems to me, some fine things
Have been laid upon your table
But you only want the ones that you can't get
(what you don’t know that the grass is greener thing is a big mistake? It's not having what you want. It's wanting what you've got. - Sheryl Crow)
Desperado, oh, you ain't gettin' no younger
(you’ll notice that more and more every year)
Your pain and your hunger, they're drivin' you home
And freedom, oh freedom well, that's just some people talkin'
Your prison is walking through this world all alone
(oh sure you’re free to do anything with nobody)
Don't your feet get cold in the winter time?
The sky won't snow and the sun won't shine
(don’t get me started on this crazy winter weather)
It's hard to tell the night time from the day
You're loosin' all your highs and lows
Ain't it funny how the feeling goes away?
(highs and lows are found in everyone’s life - if you lose all of them you should seek medical attention)
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 need to look up from your smartphone to see rainbows)
You better let somebody love you, before it's too late.

(readers - better leave a comment before it’s too late)


Dawn Saros-Kirk said...

I haven't thought about Karen Carpenter in ages. Beautiful voice. Yep, you do need to look up from your smartphone to see rainbows! lol!

Joanne said...

A song with real words and continuity!
It was a generation overpopulated with malcontents.

Willoughby said...

I love your analysis. Great stuff!!

Gorilla Bananas said...

Ah, Karen Carpenter. So sad to think that a woman with such a beautiful voice and a beautiful face would die the way she did.

Coincidentally, Antonio Banderas starred in a film called 'Desperado' and sung the title song. Very different in style to this one, but just as good!

Bearman Cartoons said...

Hotel California is WAY TOO LONG

lisleman said...

thanks for sharing this clip. I have not seen it. Yes very different than the original Eagles song. Also the scene is typical only-in-the-movies scene. C'mon, his guitar was still in tune after smacking the bad guy who went down with just one blow.
The Karen Carpenter story is very sad.

lisleman said...

What you don't have the patience for a ballad type song?
I like songs that can keep you involved for many minutes.

lisleman said...


lisleman said...

Those songs seems to have more meaning than most today. Of course it could be just my bias. Of course, there were a few with little meaning such as My Sharona or Wipe Out.

lisleman said...

yes be sure to tell your kids about the rainbows and smartphones. thanks

Kathy said...

Ah, the Eagles! They were my favorites back in the 70's and remain among my all-time favorites, today! They sure had a varied and interesting collection of music! I didn't Karen Carpenter sang Desperado,too!

I ordered the book about Jim Croce, that you mentioned last week. Haven't started it yet, but it looks like it'll be interesting!

Cheryl P. said...

I love your explanations. I have heard all the classic songs thousands of times and I rarely know what they are talking about.

lisleman said...

Thanks for trying out my suggestion. I am interested in hearing what you think of it.

lisleman said...

Perhaps the nature of songs is that everyone gets their own interpretation. I have discovered much to my surprise that many people don't even try to listen to the lyrics. Everyone can listen as they please. I'm not saying you don't listen to the lyrics but your comment has me wondering. I enjoy clever word play in lyrics. A recent singer with interesting wordplay is Jason Mraz.

Cheryl P. said...

I think it is a combination of things. Sometimes I probably am not interested enough in a song to listen to the lyrics but sometimes, I just can't understand them. AND still other times I understand the words but don't get their symbolism.
I really like Jason Mraz as well. His lyrics are very clear and doesn't require trying to figure out what the song is about.

lisleman said...

You make good points about the songs. Misunderstood lyrics are funny and happen to everyone.

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