This song was written by Jack Tempchin, who was a friend of Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey. Tempchin went on to write "Already Gone" for the Eagles and helped Frey write his solo hit "You Belong To The City." (thanks, Aaron - Manistee, MI)
Recording the album took just three weeks (a notable contrast to painstaking sessions of their later work), but it was a rough three weeks. The band was sent to London and housed in a small apartment, where they were shuttled back and forth to the studio. Don Henley says the cycle was: work, return to the apartment, drink, sleep, repeat.
This song, like all of those on the Eagles first two albums, was recorded in London, which was a way to minimize distractions for the band. In Joe Smith's Off The Record: An Oral History Of Popular Music, Don Henley talked about recording this first album: "They packed us off to England and stuck us in this little apartment, picked us up, took us to the studio, and then we'd go back to this little apartment and drink ourselves to sleep. Then we'd get up the next day and do it all again."
Glenn Frey cites this as one of his favorite Eagles songs. He says it reminds him of the band Poco, which was one of his musical inspirations. The Eagles would later employ two former members of Poco: Randy Meisner and Timothy B. Schmit.
The Country band Little Texas did a cover of this song, which was included on their 1995 Greatest Hits album. (thanks, Jeremy - Devils Lake, ND)