Keep On Tryin'
by Poco

Album: Head Over Heels (1975)
Charted: 50


  • Poco was packed with talented songwriters and vocalists. This one was written by their bass player, Timothy B. Schmit, who also sang lead with Paul Cotton, Rusty Young and George Grantham on harmony. Schmit, who joined the Eagles two years later, said in his Songfacts interview: "I must have been going through something likely with a relationship, to where it gave me pause to think about a lot of things. I do remember that song was written fairly quickly, which is unlike me, and I really like that. I wish that would happen more often. It's a song about hope."
  • This song finds Schmit separated from his loved one, but there is no desperation or yearning, just optimism. Even though he admits that alcohol is an issue ("I've been drinkin' now, just a little too much"), he still seems sure that they will reconnect. He's certainly going to keep trying.


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