Peaceful Easy Feeling

Album: Eagles (1972)
Charted: 22
  • According to a 1990 interview with Don Henley in issue #587 of Rolling Stone magazine, the Eagles were fascinated with Native American culture in their early days, which inspired them to head out to the desert and do Native American peyote rituals. Said Henley: "That photo of us on our first album was taken when we were ripped on peyote."

Comments: 29

  • Alan Kelly from Kansas City MoPaul Newman in the 1962 movie Sweet Bird of Youth, is lying in the arms of his hometown sweetheart. She asks him, "What are you thinkin?" He smiles and replies, "Ah, I just, I just feelin kinda peaceful and easy." Seven years later, Tempchin wrote his song "Peaceful, Easy Feeling." No better inspiration than the 60's era Paul Newman. That's for sure.
  • Brad from OhioPete - the soloist was Bernie Leadon. Also sang bgvs with Meisner. Henley didn’t sing on this.
  • Pete From Ct from Middletown,ctWho played the guitar solo on peaceful, easy feeling?
  • Richie From San Marcos Ca. from San Diego AreaIn response to Gary from Usa. You are referring to the wrong "Easy" song. Why are you talking about "Take It Easy" in a thread about "Peaceful Easy Feeling". Good old Jack Tempchin is the sole author of the classic song "Peaceful Easy Felling".
  • Liz from NySomeone I was with would always write the lyrics in a card or sing them to me. I left him! I had too. I guess he knew it would happen eventually!!
  • Gary from UsaIn his video-audiobiography in 1994, Jackson Browne claims he started the song and Glenn Frey finished it. There is no mention of Jack Tempchin's contribution. Can anyone shed any light on this conflict. See Jackson Browne's interview at https://youtu.be/NANKBajAaek
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaLove this song, wanted to re write it with a friend who died years ago.
  • Rick from Towson, MdSeldom are relationships Peaceful, Easy. Had one once, but we went our separate ways, yet still feel Peaceful, Easy about her!!
  • Coy from Palestine, TexasBW Stevenson recorded this song for his album "Lead Free" which was released by RCA on Jan. 1st, 1972. The Eagles recorded it in Feb. 1972 and released it on their self titled album "The Eagles" on June 1st, 1972. It's a mystery how BW got to it first-since Jack Tempchin has said he gave it to Glenn Frey on a cassette. Still, BW's version is just as good, if not better than the Eagle's version. BW was the hard luck kid, he recorded Shambala and Three Dog Night covered it and killed his single. He had one top hit with "My Maria" and then struggled--even though he had a tremendous voice--he tragically died on the operating table in 1988 at the age of 38.
  • Jeff from HawaiiHeard Jack Tempchin interviewed once and he said he was buying a new car and he had his guitar with him and played a new song he wrote to the salesman. The song he played was "standing on the ground". The salesman said the song should be called "Peaceful Easy Feeling" and so it became.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 12th 1973, the Eagles appeared in concert at the Oxford Polytechnic* in Oxford, England...
    And back in the U.S.A. "Peaceful Easy Feeling" was at #54 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart, and that was also its last week on the chart...
    Just the week before it was at #22 {for 1 week}, and that was its peak position on the Top 100...
    * Prior to 1970 the university was known as Oxford College of Technology.
  • Martin from Fresno, CaThe song is to me about a man who is so secure and does not doubt his girlfriends love for him that he is calm about everything.
  • George from L.a., CaJack Tempchin solely composed Peaceful Easy Feeling. With Rob Strandlund he co-wrote Already Gone. His 3 other Eagles co-written cuts are The Girl From Yesterday from the Hell Freezes Over 'reunion' release, and also Somebody and It's Your World Now from Long Road Out Of Eden. Tempchin co-wrote a dozen Top20 radio cuts with Frey during the 1980s for Frey's solo career including The One You Love, You Belong To The City and Smuggler's Blues among others.
  • Tommy from Hampton, VaReferencing what others have already noted, to me, this is sung by a man who knows the negativity and ill-nature that can be produced by a bad relationship but he is so incredibly in love with who he is singing this to that he has peaceful, easy feeling that he knows he doesn't need to worry. As we get older, many of us have been in bad relationships that have left us weary and afraid to trust ever again, but this is clearly a case of over coming that fear and being left with a peacefule and easy feeling.
  • Carolyn from Knoville, TnIt just doesn't get much better than this.
  • Marlene from Montreal, QcBW Stevenson, who wrote a lot of songs that became hits by OTHER artists (3 dog night e.g) covered this song on his 1972 album, Lead Free.
  • Erin from Fargo, NdAt camp last year, we sang with the campers the verses of "Amazing Grace" to this tune, then tacked on the chorus. It works surprisingly well.
  • Oldpink from New Castle, InSmooooooth
    The title perfectly encapsulates the feel of this excellent song.
    Frey does very well on the vocals, too.
  • Mayank from Ranchi, IndiaI guess I love playing this song on the guitar more than any other. Had reserved it for playing for a girl I liked, but now that day will never come as she's gone.
  • Joe from Frankfor, KyTom-me too! I am 41 and I have the most precious little girl in the world (any man with a baby girl will say I am a liar! LOL) She wants her daddy at bedtime (I dread the day when that stops) and I give her a healthy dose of the Eagles, James Taylor and the Beatles in lieu of Itsy Bitsy Spider and Rockabye Baby. I just pray there is a day when I can peak in and hear her sing this song to my grandchild...but then again, that would mean she...oh nevermind I can't think about that! Great song!
  • Tom from Hershey, PaI love this one and sang it to my young daughter as a goodnight lullaby
  • Saboh from Ktm, Nepali think the lyric is abt a guy who madly loves a girl, he has expressed his love to her and she knows abt it but hasnt yet replied and so he tells her tht he's standing on the ground and he is in peace because he knows tht she loves him too and tht he is hopeful she wont let him down by not accepting his proposal.("and i found out a long time ago") this line might be a flash back..refers to the time they knew eachother just as friends but at tht time the circumstances werent favorable n tht she couldnt simply be his..n now after suffering for years without her, he understands "what a woman can do to ur soul"..and still he doesnt know how to go..whether it is now or it was then, he" dont already know how to go" . he believes he knows her well as a friend and as a friend but he fears to lose her n not to see her again!!
  • Darren from Aberdeenshire, United Kingdomare there any songs by the Eagles that aren't worthy of a listen??? - I dont think they wrote a bad tune.
  • Liz from Smallville, Ksthis song is a great song. It's so relaxing
  • Tony from Corpus Christi, TxAndy, I think that they're sayin he don't have his head in the clouds. listen from the very start I have always imagined him sitting there on a beach or pool staring at her and he is appreciating her, falling in love with her all over again (or for the first time) and so he has come to peace with being with her and knows she's the one. The lyrics you said was a masturbation reference I think is much deeper than that, having been divorced I think that anyone know what women can do to your soul and he is saying that "she can't take you anyway you don't already know how to go" is refering to the relationship or more likely the path the relationship goes for positive or the negative cause relationships can injure your soul. this song is so well done great lyrics and music arrangement.
  • Andy from Halesowen, West Midlands, United KingdomLike many Eagles songs and albums, this one features highly in my favourites list.

    It is one of those songs that is easy to listen to and not really think about too much, but thinking about it now I do have a few questions.

    The lines "And I found out a long time ago
    what a woman can do to your soul
    Ah, but she can't take you anyway
    You don't already know how to go"
    always seemd to me to be a reference to masturbation, but is there a more innocent explanation I am missing?

    Also the "I'm already standing on the ground" - what is he saying here? Is it that he is in the relationship with his eyes wide open, not expecting much, so he can't be "let down"?
    Look forward to your comments.

  • Dewd from Ontario, OnOf course another one of my favourites i love the classics!!!
  • Ameer from La, CaSuch a beautiful song that never gets old. So simple and moving which makes you wonder if another song like it will ever come around again.
  • Guy from Woodinville, WaWonderful song. What great craftsmen the Eagles were/are! 35 years later and their new album has equally well-creafted songs.
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