Album: El Loco (1981)
Charted: 77


  • A rare ballad from ZZ Top, "Leila" is a lyrical and musical departure for the band, featuring a pedal steel guitar and a story about lonesome heartache. Seems Leila left him for his "ex-best friend out in old Tucson" - that's cold.
  • The title is pronounced "lee-la," not like the Derek and the Dominos classic.
  • The band wrote two sets of lyrics to this song: one sincere, another more goofy. They ended up using "the pretty ones." According to Billy Gibbons, lines in the goofy version included:

    She had a look in her eye that would make you melt
    Make you feel better than a brand-new belt


    You know I love you girl more than my horse loves hay


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