Don Henley sings here: I ain't no wise man, but I ain't no fool
And I believe that Mother Nature is taking us to school
He explained the lyric to Ultimate Classic Rock
: "'Taking us to school' is a colloquialism that we say in the South," he said. "It used to be used in terms of punishment; when somebody was about to get their butt whooped, or maybe when a football team just got creamed by somebody else, the term was, 'Well, we're gonna take you to school.' So I do believe that Mother Nature is taking us to school."
"I wanted to address that subject, which is still a very controversial subject, because there's still a lot of denial in the face of trainloads of science. [Laughs]. Overwhelming science," Henley continued. "A consensus in the world scientific community among scientists who are legitimate and respected. And yet, the seeds of doubt have been sown by certain corporations and their allies in Congress. There have been millions of dollars poured into sowing the seeds of doubt. There's a book about it."
"It's a shame, really. We have such a beautiful planet we've been given to live on — you can call it the Creation if you want to — that we are treating it the way we are, because we're really only doing ourselves in.," he concluded. "We're hurting ourselves, really. My friend Ed Begley likes to say, "Everybody's going around saying, 'Save the planet.' The planet will be fine." [Laughs]. It's we who are leaving."