This song tells the story of actor James Dean, who starred in the movies Giant
, Rebel Without A Cause
and East Of Eden
before dying in a car accident on September 30, 1955 in his Porsche Spyder 550, nicknamed "The Little Bastard." It's one of several Eagles songs that had a theme of either dead heroes or the consequences of a reckless lifestyle. Other songs that touch on these subjects include "Life In The Fast Lane
" and "Good Day In Hell."