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Pretty Maids All In A Row by Eagles

Album: Hotel CaliforniaReleased: 1976
  • Hotel California was the first Eagles album Joe Walsh played on. He helped write this song and "Life In The Fast Lane" for the album. "Pretty Maids All In A Row" features Walsh on piano and synthesiser rather than guitar, and was not typical of the Eagles sound. In a 1981 interview with the BBC, Walsh explained: "To make the Eagles really valid as a band, it was important that we co-write things and share things. 'Pretty Maids' is kind of a melancholy reflection on my life so far, and I think we tried to represent it as a statement that would be valid for people from our generation on life so far. Heroes, they come and go... Henley and Frey really thought that it was a good song, and meaningful, and helped me a lot in putting it together. I think the best thing to say is that it's a kind of melancholy observation on life that we hoped would be a valid statement for people from our generation." (This interview is available at Rock's Backpages.)
  • Walsh wrote this with Joe Vitale, who was his bandmate in a group called Barnstorm. After Walsh joined the Eagles, Vitale contributed to the group as a member of their touring band.
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Comments: 3

July 2014,

Example of how versatile the Eagles can be. It also gives me a LITTLE (very little) sympathy for Feder's complaint about not being utilized (as lead singer for songs), for Walsh has a few nuggets like this. But Walsh also had his own career as a lead singer before he joined the Eagles.

Also, great story DT in FL. You keep listening to the Eagles, you guys will be married forever:)
Markantney - Biloxi, Ms
Some 32 years I listened to the Hotel California album in the early afternoon on the day I was to be married. I was completely hungover from the rehearsal dinner and then the subsequent bachelor party at strip club. So I grilled a steak as the condemned mans final meal, drank a beer, smoked a joint and tried to get some perspective of where I was in life and maybe where I was headed. HC was the perfect album and every time I hear this song I remember that moment, about 4 hours from being married, scared shootless. Walsh's comment about it being a melancholy observation on life so far is perfect. As a PS,we've had our share of ups and downs but still married and in love with the lady.Dt - Gulf Breeze, Fl
This is my favorite Eagles song, and I especially like the live version from Hell Freezes Over. I'm not a huge Joe Walsh fan, so go figure. A beautiful song both musically and lyrically.Christopher - Rockwall, Tx