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Sunday, January 4, 2009


Desperado was first sung by The Eagles.

Simply wanna keep this feeling in memory, loving this song, beautiful lyric, and melody. I wonder what did the writer went thru and yet could put his emotion into this song, amazing. This version by Emi Fujita, in the album Camomile. Love her style, the arrangement of songs in this album were mainly unplug, soothing, relax, romantic, love this album.

Desperado Lyric

Why don't you come to your senses
You been out ridin' fences
For so long now

Oh, you're a hard one
But I know that you've got your reasons
These things that are pleasin' you
Can hurt you somehow

Don't you draw the queen of diamonds, boy
She'll beat you
If she's able
The queen of hearts
Is always your best bet

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

Oh you ain't gettin' no younger
Your pain and your hunger
They're drivin' you home

Freedom, Oh freedom
That's just some people talkin'
You're prisoners walkin'
Through this world all alone

Don't your feet get cold in the wintertime
The sky won't snow and the sun won't shine
It's hard to tell the night time
From the day

You're losin' all your highs and lows
Ain't it funny how the feelin' goes away...

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 (let somebody love you)
You better let somebody love you
Before it's too late...

Song facts
On the surface, this is about a cowboy who refuses to fall in love, but it could also be about a young man who discovers guitars, joins a band, pays his dues and suffers for his art. The stress of being a Rock Star is a recurring theme in Eagles music (e.g. "Life In The Fast Lane"). The overall theme is how you must suffer for your art. (thanks, Randy - Beaumont, TX)
Don Henley began writing parts of this in the late '60s, but it wasn't arranged into a song until his songwriting teammate Glenn Frey came along. It was the first of many songs Henley and Frey wrote together. (thanks, Bill - Johnstown, PA)

The album had an Old West theme. It was inspired by The Dalton Gang, a notorious group of outlaws.
Bon Jovi drew similar parallels between the life of a cowboy and that of a Rock Star on their 1986 song "Wanted Dead Or Alive."
This has the feel of the American Old West, but it was recorded in London. the Eagles went there to work on the album with British producer Glyn Johns.
Guitarist Randy Meisner claims he came up with the guitar intro, but was not given songwriter credit. This means he does not get royalties from it.
This was featured in a episode of Seinfeld where Elaine goes out with a guy who won't let her speak when it is playing.
This is a Classic Rock staple, but it was never released as a single.
This has been covered by Linda Ronstadt, Kenny Rogers, The Carpenters, Bonnie Raitt and Ringo Starr, among others. The Eagles started at Ronstadt's backup band.
The Eagles included this on their album Greatest Hits 1971-1975, which, mostly because of catalog sales, is the best selling album of all time. This song is a big reason for its success. Since it was never released as a single, it provided a lesser-known track that fit in very well. The Eagles' "Outlaw Man," which was released as a single, was left off the Greatest Hits album.
In 2004, Linda Ronstadt caused a stir when she dedicated this to film maker Michael Moore during a performance at the Aladdin Casino in Las Vegas. Moore had a movie out called Fahrenheit 9/11, which made US president George Bush look very bad. Ronstadt said Moore "Loves his country deeply, and he's trying to get the truth out." This didn't go over well with the casino's president, who made her leave immediately. It's unclear what happened when Ronstadt performed the song, but stories circulated that patrons got upset and booed the singer. She had been dedicating the song to Moore throughout her tour without incident.

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