Glenn Frey said about this 10-minute opus in a Billboard
magazine Q and A October 12, 2007: "Don (Henley) and I had a couple of very productive song writing periods over the last couple of years. During those times we wrote "Busy Being Fabulous
," "Fast Company
" [and] we had started on "Long Road Out of Eden" way back in 2001. It was such a long song when we cut the track and tried to imagine verses and bridges and instrumental and all of that stuff, and I honestly didn't know that that song would ever get completed. Then Don just had a burst of inspiration and he told me one day, 'I think I've got the lyrics for 'Long Road.'' And I said, "really?" It was a pretty long piece of material to begin with, but he did a great job finishing that song."