This is one of the few Eagles songs not written by any member of the band. It was written by the songwriters Jack Tempchin and Robb Strandlund, who were friends of the Eagles. Tempchin also wrote "Peaceful Easy Feeling," which appeared on the first Eagles album.
Tempchin sent this to Glenn Frey to pitch it as an Eagles song. Frey had just come off of a relationship, so the lyrics about getting over a breakup were probably meaningful to him.
Suggestion credit: Bill - Johnstown, PA
Frey sang lead on this. The song features twin guitar solos by Frey and Don Felder, who was new to the band. The Eagles also used twin guitar solos on "Hotel California."
This was one of the first songs the Eagles recorded with producer Bill Szymczyk. Their previous albums, and some of On The Border, were recorded in London with the venerable British producer Glyn Johns. Recording with a new producer at nearby Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles was a huge relief for Glenn Frey, who didn't get on with Johns. "I was much more comfortable in the studio with Bill, and he was more than willing to let everyone stretch a bit," he said. "'Already Gone' - that's me being happier; that's me being free."
Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 28th 1974, "Already Gone" by the Eagles entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #97; and on June 23rd, 1974 it peaked at #32 (for 1 week) and spent 15 weeks on the Top 100... Was track 1 of side 1 on the quartet's third studio album, 'On The Border', and the album reached #17 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart... Two other tracks from the album also made the Top 100; "James Dean" (at #77) and "Best Of My Love" (#1 for 1 week)... Tanya Tucker covered "Already Gone" in 1993; her version reached #75 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart.
Dt from Gulf Breeze, FlFantastic song, as mentioned the "we our lives in chains and never even know we have the key" metaphor is brilliant. If Dylan or Springsteen had come up with that the music critics would have pissed over themselves. It is an upbeat message, how liberating it is to be finally get out of a relationship that wasn't working or for that matter it can apply to a job, school or some other circumstance you are finally getting out of. [probably popular with convicts after they get paroled]
Camille from Toronto, OhDave, thanks for the insightful guitar tutorial! "That's right!" "Aw-right/Nightie-night!"
Mark from Los Angeles, CaI was a rock DJ through most of the 70's. I loved playing The Eagles. This song contains one of the best lyrics in the business that so many people (especially today) should here: "So often times it happens. We live our lives in chains. And, we never even know we have the key".
Dave from Edwardsville, IlLong time guitar player here. The "squeaky" note is highly desirable by many guitarists, and is a sign of gritty expertise. It is called a false harmonic or "pinch" harmonic, and is difficult to evoke reliably. One frets as usual with the right hand, but while picking with the left hand, one simultaneously dampens the string in the same place, causing a harmonic. The simplest ones are a standard octave (twelve frets) higher harmonic, but more esoteric ones can be achieved by experts. Examples of this technique are the first note of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" guitar solo (squeaky) and ZZ Top's "LaGrange" solos (the "Reverand" Billy Gibbons is the best known and most frequent user of false harmonics, and uses an old Mexican peso as a guitar pick to get these harmonics at his extreme degree - very squeaky). Andy Summers of the Police is also well-known for using this technique not in solos, but to make rich background textures. See their middle work on the "Ghost in the Machine" record for examples. Quite unique, and aren't squeaky but sound like a percussive guitar synthesizer (and he uses those, too).
Adam from York, PaYes there is a squeaky note after heaven knows it wasn't you who set me free. But thats not the only squeaky note in the song!
Mayank from Ranchi, IndiaA great feel-good factor happy song. Always pumps me when I listen to it.
Tim from Springfield, MaMike, I'm sure the "squeaky" note was intentional as it's one of the greatest parts of the song IMO.
Barry from Sauquoit, NyIn the summer of 1975 the ABC network aired a live variety show on Saturday night, hosted by Howard Cosell. The show only lasted a few weeks but The Eagles appeared on it and sang this song live. It was in an outdoor setting and the audio wasn't the greatest!!!
Mike from Edgewater, FlI've been wondering just about since the first time I heard this song about the squeaky note after "Heaven knows it wasn't you who set me free" A lot of my friends think I'm nuts, but it's definately there. It should have been mixed out, but was not, so was it intentional? Does anyone know for sure???
Rufus from Victoria, CanadaWhat a kick ass guitar workout this song is.
Bob from Southfield, MiIf you read Don Felder's Biography (Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles) he mentions that he was brought in to the group to add a more hard-edged rock and roll sound into the group (as opposed to the country/acoustic sound dominant on their previous two albums.) This song was his first opportunity to demonstrate what he could do and convinced Glen Frey and Don Henley to bring him into the band as a regular member.
Diane from Orlando, FlThis is a great breakup song but so much more. You can't help feel the pain, but out of it comes an incredible feeling of power and so you end up feeling joy especially if you just sing it out loud with all of the emotions flowing freely with the music. I agree it has a deep meaning: we can free ourselves from so much of what we suffer but it sometimes hurts at first and you have to accept that feeling and go through to get to the other side. We have the power to free ouselves from pain we think we are chained to, but we really aren't. Love this song!
Ozzy from Fresno, CaWhat incredible lyrics. This is where the greatest song qotes are for sure. "Now often times it happens that we live our lives in chains and we never even know we have the key"
Michael from San Diego, CaGreat singing by Glenn drumming by Don, and guitar, bass & voice harmonizing by the rest of the band...all around terrific song!
Stuzza from Melbourne, AustraliaA song that doesn't get the recognition that it deserves in my opinion.
A top song! from a champion band!
Terry from Livingston, MtThis is truly one of the best songs recorded by The Eagles. The meaning behind this song really hit me hard in 2002 when a relationship ended for me because, with the exception of "You'll have to each your lunch by yourself", it happened line by line, and I am singing "This victory song".
Guy from Woodinville, WaGod, this is such an upbeat, liberating song! Great attitude to take into the end of a relationship. Love the intertwining lead guitars. That sqeaky riff after the line "Heaven knows it wasn't you who set me free" is so perfect! Yes, there are great philosphical lines in the song, but my favorite is "Then you'll have to eat your lunch al;l by yourself!" It's so childish and sophomoric! It just takes you clear back to grade school--makes me smile ervery time!
George from Okc, OkThis song came out right after my first love (in high school) dumped me. There has been no better song written or recorded to relate to the feelings someone has or would like to have immediately after they have been dumped by their ___friend or spouse. Let's face it, knowing what's coming and dealing with it ahead of time is a great feeling.
After nearly 30 years I saw this woman again and was finally able to ask why I was so uncerimoniously dumped. It ended up being typical teenage love and fickleness, not me. So much for having one's ego crushed, huh?
Still, the song makes me feel good everytime I hear it and it puts a smile on my face. Oddly enough, the volume on the stereo goes up every time this song is played. ;-) It gives you that: I saw this coming and I'm able to deal with your unkindness, cause I'm Already Gone!
Dave from St. Louis, MoThis is probably the Eagles best song. Although they didn't write it, the performance and arrangement show originality. I love the Eagles but, this song represents one of the few times they aren't just rrying to mimic Poco.
Big Petee from Huntington, NyIt has a great beat and it's easy to dance to
Mike from Hueytown , AlAnother song that will make you feel good about a break up. The Eagles raised the roof with this one.
Tyler from Rochester, NyThis is a really good easy-to-listen-to-song, but what i really noticed and liked about this song was the, what you can say vocal solo, after the first chorus of the long 'already gone'. Woo hoo hoo hoo ah my Woo hoo hooo GOD I LOVE IT!
Dan from Kingston, CanadaGreat lyrics but beyond that it is probably the best all out rock 'n' roll song The Eagles ever did - sorry, maybe "Out of Control" from the Desperado album is
Johnny from Los Angeles, CaThis is a great guitar part, adn a great song. I used to be mad at it, when I wasn't as experienced w/ music as i am now (I'm 13) because it was overplayed. now i like it.
Kory from Atlanta, GaI like this song, but recently (as in the past 3 weeks) it has come on the radio alot when I turn the car on or when something has happened to me in a negative way. I don't whether that's coincedence or what BUT I had just gotten over a break up and just a few days later I got a date to Homecoming who is better than I could've expected and when I turned the car on to go pick her up this song came on. What do you think it means?? HAHA!
John from Millersville, MdKim, I couldn't have said it better myself. It's as if the song was built for that line--every time it's sung, even if I'm just playing the music in the background and not really listening to it, that line comes out completely clearly.
Brianna from Davie , FlThis song has great meaning!! One day it will get to you, listen to the words and feel the deep meaning!! Becomes a voice in your head and stays. "Just remember when you look up in the sky, you can see the stars, but still not see the light" "so often times it happens that we live our lives in chains and we never even know we have the key"!! Great Eagles song!!!
Calvin from Kyle, Txthis is one of my favorite eagles song. and it fits so perfectly in everyones life if you ask me. but dont take my word for it you'll see someday.
Meagan from Baton Rouge, Laalready gone is definatly in my opinion a jaw dropper and beleive me my jaw is sore! i love the eagles
Kim from Lancaster, PaThere's a line in this song that has become the voice in my head when things look bad "so often times it happens that we live our lives in chains and we never even know we have the key" so I start looking for my key.
Victor from Vienna, VaThe best Eagles song in my opinion.
Brianne from Nova Scotia, CanadaWhy I do believe its Chantal! Anywhok, I love this song!!
Chantal from Liverpool, CanadaI agree! makes me smile everytime i listen to it :)