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Album: The Very Best Of The EaglesReleased: 2003Charted:
The Eagles wrote this after a tour in Europe. They started the composition around September 11, 2001. The message is that love is the ultimate savior in a world damaged and corrupted by evil and hatred. It also conveys parents' dreams and hopes for their children in such a troubled society.
Don Henley explained in the liner notes for The Very Best Of The Eagles compilation that he penned on the darkest day in American history: September 11, 2001. "I sat down at the piano in my home studio and started putting some chords with the phrase 'hole in the world,'" he said. "Months went by, but I didn't show it to anybody. Then, other things started happening that gave additional meanings to 'Hole in the World,' particularly after the [Iraqi] war started. The fighting was supposedly over in May, and yet one or two or three of our boys were - and still are - getting killed every day, which means somebody's daddy is not coming home. So that's another 'hole' -- a huge hole in somebody's life - a child, a wife, a mother, a father, a brother, a sister."