Don Henley, Randy Meisner and Glenn Frey wrote this song. Meisner sang lead, making this one of only three US Top 40 Eagles songs not sung by Don Henley or Glenn Frey, the others being "I Can't Tell You Why
" (sung by Timothy B. Schmit
) and "In the City" (sung by Joe Walsh).
Meisner, who is from rural Nebraska, was the most subdued member of the band, describing himself to Rolling Stone
as "Shy and nervous about putting myself on the line." He was a founding member of the Eagles, but left in 1977 as tensions rose and the lifestyle became too much for him. Leaving the band was a good mental health decision. Don Felder
, who joined in 1974, told us: "Really the only thing you can do when you're in the Eagles is eat, breathe, and sleep Eagles. I mean, you're either on the road, writing in the studio, or doing press - it's just all consuming."