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Album: The Long RunReleased: 1979
This song was written about The Troubadour, which is a music club in Los Angeles on Santa Monica Boulevard where many fledgling musicians would congregate. Don Henley and Glenn Frey met there and became friends, later began writing together and eventually recruited Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner to form a back up band for Linda Ronstadt. This band eventually became the Eagles.
The line, "I don't know why fortune smiles on some and lets the rest go free" is a reference to how some people are lucky enough to get a break while other equally talented people don't.
This was the final track on The Long Run
, which until the Eagles reformed in 1994 and released Hell Freezes Over
, was their final album. It's a poignant song ending with a haunting sax solos.
, who was with the Eagles from 1974-2001, tells us that this song is one of his favorites. Said Felder, "There's an acoustic guitar harmony solo where I play about six acoustic guitars and harmony together on 'Sad Cafe,' which is a really unusual solo that was kind of fun to do."