Desperado, why don't you come to your senses? You been out ridin' fences for so long now Oh, you're a hard one But I know that you got your reasons These things that are pleasin' you Can hurt you somehow
Don't you draw the Queen of Diamonds, boy She'll beat you if she's able You know the Queen of Hearts is always your best bet
Now, it seems to me some fine things Have been laid upon your table But you only want the ones that you can't get
Desperado, oh, you ain't gettin' no younger Your pain and your hunger, they're drivin' you home
And freedom, oh freedom, well that's just some people talkin' Your prison is walking through this world all alone
Don't your feet get cold in the winter time? The sky won't snow and the sun won't shine It's hard to tell the night time from the day You're losin' all your highs and lows Ain't it funny how the feeling goes away?
Desperado, why don't you come to your senses? Come down from your fences, open the gate It may be rainin', but there's a rainbow above you You better let somebody love you (let somebody love you) You better let somebody love you Before it's too late
Writer/s: Glenn Lewis Frey, Don Hugh Henley
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
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Gene W Meenach from Indianapolis, InI have always respected the collective talents of this band The Eagles. This song used to remind me of my twin brother , and still does. But I am beginning to see myself in there too. We go through seasons on life that we can either ignore or hold fast and profit from their message(s). The beauty of this song is it could be many things to many people. But the commonality is each one is profoundly moved by it. Job well done guys.
AnonymousMy granddaddy told me he felt this song was written for him. My dad's parents divorce when he was a young boy. His mom promise to never take him from his dad but she broke that promise. They moved across the country. Dad didn't have the best relationship with his Mom. When he turned 18 he ran away to Asia went back to America and became a paratrooper then went back to Thailand over time he lost contact with his parents but got connected when he had his first child my brother. We still lived across the world from them though. A year and a half ago my brother, our mom, and I got to meet him and my dad got to see his father (who is 80+ years old) for the first time in decades . His not the best at showing emotion but I know he has reasons. I think about him every time I hear the song and I cry. So please let me love you before it gets too late I love you granddaddy forever and always.
Phred from Gainesville, FloridaThe lyrics are almost too deep for songwriters who were only in their early twenties at the time the song was composed. The fact makes the two of them much more than merely another couple of rockers. On par, perhaps with Paul McCartney who wrote "Yesterday"--its poignant lyrics--at age 22.
Ted from AbileneCliff from Lake Geneva, I don't know what you are talking about. The theme song "Amy" from that movie sounds absolutely nothing like Desperado!
Cliff from Lake Geneva, WiI first heard the melody line for Desparado in the reoccurring music theme in the film Gunfight in Abilene. It is a simple violin line that matches the melody the Eagles use for the song. They may have picked it up from the film subliminally or unknowingly, as many artists do including myself. You hear your track and realize perhaps years later where you found it… From another song or a film or anything else. Was a pleasure to discover this in the film that first aired in 1967.
Linda from CaliforniaThis song takes me back to 1980, when during my pregnancy my husband was cheating on me with a younger woman in his workplace. It was a difficult time for me, but the experience made me a stronger person
I could relate to the lyrics and this time in my life. I really wanted him to come down from his fences (ways to justify his acts) and come to his senses (realize what he was doing would destroy our marriage)
He was my first love and the whole experience was devastating to me, and unfortunately infidelity cost him several other marriages. I was smarter and never married again.
Ken from Louisville, KyGlenn Frey tells the story that the band was very pleased with the album. But when brought back the master tape from England, the record company people were aghast. "You made a f-k'in COWBOY record!", Frey quotes them as saying.
Salde from PhilippinesWell for me this song was addressed to people who have a very high standard for themselves esp. when it comes to relationships and commitments. The key issue about this song is not about the person being sentimental or being desperate or being bitter for not having the things he should have (like relationships or commitments). But I think the real issue here is the dilemma of choosing What is right! or choosing what makes you happy even it is not right! And I strongly believe that based on the the lyrics (that I could relate) that this person in this song chooses what is right rather than the things that makes him happy regardless of the consequences of being alone and be lonely and that makes him sad. And when the years goes by he learned that He is not happy about it and he is hurting, so he might be probably thinking, What if he could satisfy his desires by fulfilling his happiness? Could it be wrong? would it last? Bottom line this person just like us grew older with regrets in life!!! It is just my comment. Any way it is a very beautiful song.
Bill from New York, NyListening to this song during my mutinous times reminds me to once again let Jesus love me so I can love others -- and myself. Thankful for the haunting and honest words (written by Henley & Frey).
Ken from Louisville, Ky"Desperado" was never released by the Eagles as a single. It was only the title track for their second album and got very little airplay on FM stations (that played non single album tracks). Then their friend and original benefactor Linda Ronstadt decided to perform her version of it during the concert part of the movie "FM" in 1978. It became a big hit for her and revived interest in the Eagles' original version. Don Henley has said that he much prefers her vocals on this song than his own.
Dt from Gulf Breeze, Fl"Desperado" is an excellent album. Not sure why this cut became the Eagles standard final song at their concerts [at least it used to be]
Mike from Columbus, OhBeautiful song. One of the Eagles' greatest. One of my favorite songs of all time.
Camille from Toronto, OhThe singer feels like "Desperado" is at a place in his life where he will receive the message of this song. He hasn't given up on "Desperado", which is actually the bright spot here. There's a reason for the gentleness in the delivery of the lyrics. "Desperado" is possibly at a turning point in his life where some well-meaning, well-timed words might finally open him up to change. No sense beating him over the head about it. Many have made the same mistake. I love the lyric "Desperado, oh, you ain't gettin' no younger" for all the reasons it implies.
Adrianus from Bekasi, Indonesia11 years ago, I had married a woman named "F" and make a family life, has 2 children. My wife "F" loved me, but I don't love her, but I continued to live my life with her because a sense of moral responsibility for my child. Faithfully "F" still waiting for me and keep her loved to me, and not just a sense of responsibility, there is also make me pity her, I decided to leave her but never divorce her. Until one day, I found a woman named "A" is very special, and decided to marry her, after eight years together, the trials began to appear and make my wife "A" asks for a divorce with me, where I was, even to this day I still love her, because I felt she most appropriate person to accompany me, till my death for me later.
To me, "A" so complete with everything I want from a woman. But because my inability to make it go away. Now I return to the previous family with "F", although my wife "F" still loves me like it used to, but because there is no love in it, I keep sad, brooding and tortured myself with all the shadows "A" And now my sorrow, I heard the song Desperado, this song is so penetrated my heart and right for my present condition, I realized my family had left earlier in order to get a woman who I love very much. (lyrics: "Now it seems a fine to me ... some of Things ... Have been laid upon your table ... But you only want the ones .. That you can not get ...") This song made me realize, because despite my love of the "A", she remains (lyrics: "queen of diamonds") who realized that I was never able to have it forever. ("Desperado ... oh ... You Is not gettin 'no younger Your pain and your hunger ... They're Drivin' you home ...") While here with "F" I'm still waiting for and loved, although living with "F" hollow and empty soul, still chasing shadows of "A" forever. (lyrics: "Your prison is walking ... Through this world all alone ...") To commemorate her "A" I tattoo on my chest with word "Desperado" as I upload picture on facebook.
Sarx from Tucson, AzI requested this be played at my domestic partner's memorial service. His sister commented that she didn't know he liked that song, and I told her I never heard him express an opinion about it one way or the other.
We were in the process of breaking up when he was diagnosed with cancer. I recommended that he stay with me, and on my insurance. The rest of his life, just short of two years, I took care of him as much as he would let me. But he would never "come down from his fences, open the gate."
So all of you, if you have someone in your life that loves you, lover, family, friend, do not fence them out!
"You better let somebody love you, before it's too late."
Rebecca from Pensacola, FlIn 1976, I left home and moved to a "back to nature" style commune. I lived there with my boyfriend, who was anything but a "[King] of diamonds", I thought. Now, I realize he was, not because of money but because he was the one that "sparkled" in my eyes. He was a true Bohemian in a rebellious age, and I loved that! I was truly surprised when my older sis sent me the words to this song and said it was about me. The older I get, the more I see it! To me, this song is about life lived by certain kinds of people. It describes every stage of that life, each year bringing new meanings and revelations.
Adam from York, PaI asked my friends to call me Desperado, they just call me Desperate
Tony from Gilertsville, KyI have checked on urben legends, and found nothing. I heard that the song was not actually about any cowboy at all. I heard on a radio program years back that that song was actully written about their friend Joe Walsh, about changing his way of life before he killed himself, to reach for his friends who are wanting to help him.
Linda from Shelton, WaI heard Linda Ronstadt's version before I ever heard the Eagles'. I still like the Ronstadt version better. Great song.
Steve from Trabuco Canyon, CaI believe the character in the song was origianally named "Leroy" and Frey changed the name to Desperado and the song came together.
Brett from Saint Charles, IlI think Desperado is a religious song. Think about it. Come down from your fences, just open the gate. It may be raining, but there's a rainbow above you. You better let somebody love you before it's too late. What they're talking about is open the gate for God, and let him in. You better let Jesus be your savior before it's too late.
Mayank from Ranchi, IndiaThis is the greatest song ever. The best lyrics, the best vocals, the best music, the best theme, the best song. No comparision. Pure heaven. God. "These things that are pleasing you can hurt you somehow" is the greatest line ever and the truest definition of life.
Robert from Tulsa, OkI was of the impression that the writer of Desperado had taken the thoughts from an old church song.
Jarret from Greensburg, PaRuth your not alone you have children and grandchildren. Though you may be now without a partner your life is still rich! The song reminds me of my ex I had in college, you know the one that your supposed to meet there and marry when you graduate for that picture perfect life. I threw it all the way because I was afraid that we wouldn't make it to the end. Now Im leaving home going to a far away place where ill know no one (new job), and I listen to this song daily trying to catch a glimpse of what fate has in store.
Ruth from Grand Rapids Mn Livein Ca, Ca This song, to me was always about someone like my sister mainly, but in a way too, me. Not literally. But my sister always wanted the Captain of the football team, the unreachable. And wouldn't accept valid regular guys as boyfriends. She is still alone. At 59. Bitter, lonely, and unhappy. I chose a different path-sort of. I chose alone-but not for the same reasons. Fear for me I guess. But I am fine alone. I taught my kids not to think like me, or like her. They are in good relationships. I'm an old Long Hair and a Great Grandma.
Rich from Oglesby, Ildesparado is clearly about a man going through life dating the materialistic girls(quenn of diamonds) when he should try to find and love the "queen of hearts" the nice,polite, proper girl. you better let somebody in before its too late. refers to he better allow a girl in because he is not getting any younger. or maybe let someone in after he was hurt by a love. i have listened to this sound my whole life(i'm 44) i dated the gorgeous wild party girls for years. decided to dated a pretty, smart, but shy gril for a change. we were married last october and i danced with my mother to desperado. she told me at the end of the song"you finally let somebody in"we both cried and smiled. great great song
Gary from Sedro-woolley, WaDoes anyone remember the time a guy kidnapped a bunch of people in a Manhattan record company office in the late 1970's or early 1980's? The police kept negotiating with him until he dropped almost all of his demands, except one last thing. He insisted that a local radio station play "Desperado" by the Eagles. The radio station played it, and then he gave up. Sad?
Hugh Running Deer from Pine Ridge, SdJust an over all good song. Clint Black covered this on an tribute album to the Eagles.
Oldpink from New Castle, InHard not to love this song. In fact, the whole album is killer, a good one to put in the CD player as you sit with your arm around the woman you love. The end of the album features a reprise of this song, with "Doolin-Dalton" incorporated. The reprise is even more moving, in my opinion.
Mike from Birmingham, United Kingdomthe comment about Randy Meisner dosent make sense anyways cos there is NO guitar intro...its a piano silly, if ur gonna make things up do it better than that
Dot from Auburn, NhIn his autobiography, "Endless Highway", David Carradine claimed, " Glen Frey told me he had written the song, 'Desperado' about me. I replied that he probably told that to every movie star he met. Years later, the Eagle's manager, without prompting,told me the same thing, so maybe it is true."
It seems to me that the song pre-dates Carradine's famous peyote overdose during which he cut an artery and broke in to the homes of his Laurel Canyon neighbors bleeding all over the place. In any case, Carradine, the ol'"Hollywood Cowboy", certainly seems to have fit the description of the "Desperado".
I think the metaphor is pretty straight forward and you all have been over analyzing it.
Dot from Auburn, NhIn his autobiography, "Endless Highway", David Carradine claimed "Glen Frey told me that he had written the song 'Desperado' about me. I replied that he probably told that to every movie star he met. Years latter the Eagle's manager, without prompting, told me the same thing, so maybe it's true." pg 482
I'm pretty sure that the song was written before Carradine had really publicly demonstrated what a "desperado" he could be. I'm pretty sure that it pre-dates the episode in which Carradine overdosed on peyote, broke into a neighbor''s home, cut an artery while trying to break a window and proceeded to pretty much bleed all over the neighborhood. Other than that, the song could be describing him, along with a lot of other guys. RIP DC
Brad from Archer Lodge, NcI think this song is about choosing money and power over love. The queen of diamonds represents wealth and power and the queen of hearts represents love. The narrator in this song advises the desperado to choose love over money "the queen of hearts is always your best bet." Unfortunately, however, it is learned in Desperado Part 2 that the desperado chose money over love. Desperado 2 opens with the following lines: "The queen of diamonds let you down, she was just an empty fable, and the queen of hearts you claim you never met. Your twisted fate has found you out and it's finally turned the tables, stole your dreams and filled you with regret." After listening to part 2 it becomes obivious that he chose the queen of diamonds and money over the queen of hearts and love. Because of his greed, his punishment is to wander through the rest of his days alone. To make it even worse, he didn't even find the wealth he was looking for either, because the queen of diamonds turned out to be an empty promise. I think the moral of the song is simple and clear, there are more important things than money and power (love) and be careful with your choices and goals in life because they may not be what you think they were in the end.
Jeff from Casa Grande, Az(first off, I really liked Celtic Thunder's version.) Now, this song is about a man who's getting older, and he has no love(r). He's been riding fences because he can't make up his mind on anything. And, the queen of diamonds is a metaphor for his high standards. The queen of hearts is more to do with his feelings, which he won't face, but is what he needs to feel satisfied. And, to do that he needs to open the gate, in other words open up to others and let people in. He's been riding fences, also, meaning being on guard, defensive. It's Pink Floyd's The Wall in some respects. And, the way he's been living his life isn't getting him any satifaction, these things aren't good for him, probably drinking, smoking, and gambling. But, a woman is good for him. And, the narrator is trying to tell him that. He's desperate and doesn't even know it. So, he calls him Desperado. And, the freedom he craves is with a woman, a good woman with a big heart. A Queen, a wife. He's not such "a hard one." He's really soft and needs a woman like that to open up to so that he can be satisfied.
Curtis from Lubbock, TxThe first time I heard this song I thought it was a song about depression (Desperado=Depression). Several lyrical references can be interpreted as someone in the throws of a depression ("...why don't you come to your senses," "losing all your highs and lows," "your prison is walking through this world all alone," "it maybe raining, but there's a rainbow above you.")
Jonathan from Deer Park, Ny***Celtic Thunder - Desperado - BEST VERSION OF THIS SONG!!!
Jill from Nederland, Txcountry singer Clint Black also has a version of this song
Nady from Adelaide, AustraliaMy dad says this song reminds him of my brother..who was a somewhat..ahem..problem child.
Robert from Glasgow, United KingdomI think that as well as being a metaphor for the 1970's music scene in California, as the whole Desperado album is, this song portrays a classic American hero, or anti-hero, so often seen in Westerns. The idea that life is falling apart for this character, and that he actively attempts to be the "bad guy" to seperate himself from society as a form of penance for the guilt of his past is a fantastic psychological study of man. The idea of a nameless character desperately trying to find vengance, justice or just a reason to be can be seen everywhere. I think that Desperado along with characters like "The Man With No Name" in The Good, The Bad and the Ugly and "Harmonica" in Once Upon A Time in the West, even "Sawyer" in Lost depict so accurately the life long struggle so many men have to come to terms with their morrality. Somebody once said that the reason characters like these have no name or go by false ones is so that we can write in our own in the blank space, and I couldn't agree more. These characters are everyone, and no-one all at the same time.
Liz from Smallville, KsI read that this song was about Don's friend who couldn't get a girl.
Dave from Charlotte, NcDOn Henley said in an interview with Rolling Stone Mag, that Desperado was written about a dog he had as a child.
Inzain from Moultrie, GaSure I like it and all but it seriously gets old fast.
Joel from Columbia, MdI like this song. In my opinion it is about an outlaw who starts to rethink his life of crime and becomes reformed through the love of a good woman.
Jack from Queens, NyJoe Walsh did the best version of the song on the Howard Stern Show, but Don Henley got upset that Walsh performed his song so it actually put the kybosh on the Eagles reuniting sooner than they did because the rumor was that The Eagles were getting back together at that time. When Joe Walsh sang this song, the reunion was postponed.
Cody from Bayarea, CaI think its more of Don Henley as a narartor and hes giving a younger man some much needed advice. The queen of diamonds meaning money, and that he should find true love instead. Some great things have been offered to him but he wants more. Hes growing up and getting frustrated that he cant find anybody to be with. He needs to find someone to love before its to late. "Come down from the fences" open the gate as in open up your heart and let the love in. It might be raining and difficult to get .started but will be much worth it
Carol from Brisbane, AustraliaI love the song and my interpretation of the lyrics is about wanting something that you can't have (the Queen of Diamonds) even though he has has a loving partner waiting for him (Queen of Hearts). The Queen of Diamonds is out of his reach - she will lead him on but he will never have - though he doesn't realise it and the Queen of Hearts won't wait around forever. He better come to his senses "before it's too late".
Laurie from Brisbane, Australiasorry to crash the party people, but their is a claim out their that desperado is about David Carradine, of kung fu and kill bill fame. In his book, Endless Highway (interesting and insightful book, sometimes like reading a bob dylan book which is like one big fuc#in song that is a trip!) he talks about how one of the Eagles tells him how they wrote this song about him. he was good friends, shared living spaces and girlfriends with the bunch... he also was relapsing drug addict and alcoholic and womaniser. desperado, is about carradine... read the book and you will understand.. thankyou
Tara from All Over Long Island, NyThis song has a very special place in my heart. In September 2007, my stepfather, Gary passed away and one of his friends, Larry played this song on the guitar at his graveside for everyone to hear and see right after they lowered the casket. It was the most perfect song for Gary as he struggled for many years with drug and alcohol addiction. He is missed very much and this song was a perfect ending to a lifelong of struggle for Gary. He is now resting in heaven, peacefully. RIP Gary. We all miss you and love you!
Wayne from Las Vegas, Nvin the song, talking about not drawing the queen of diamonds, but drawing the queen of hearts sounds like he is talking about taking a loving woman over a rich woman.
Gregg from Middletown, CtThose of you talking about 'proselytizing' are missing either the meaning of the song or the meaning of the word. The song is about a loner who has what he needs ("the Queen of Hearts", "fine things laid upon your table") within his grasp, yet is always reaching for the wrong things ("the Queen of Diamonds", "the ones that you can't get") - and therefore, he remains a loner ("hurt you somehow"). The last line, "you better let somebody love you", is referring back to same theme as the "Queen of Hearts" - the girl who loves you, not your money. It has no religious significance.
Ed from Incognito, IlOne of THE most recognizable piano licks there is. It is to beginning pianists what Stairway To Heaven is to beginning guitarists!
Brian from Kilkenny, IrelandThis song was also sung on a film called "In America".Great movie and sung very well by the child actress,whose name escapes me
John from Newcastle, Englandi did speak to my dad for half of my life after a falling out .... he died then i started to realise what i missed basically it!
Ben from Claremont, MnHow could one possibly judge this to be the band's worst song?? The vocals, as John from MD and Brian from NZ already said, are flawless! This song is so musically oriented and has an amazing sound! Just saying...
Joe from Maysville, KyAs stated earlier in "Song Facts",the song "Desperado" was used in a episode of the TV show "Seinfield". The character,who Elaine was dating,said it was "the" song of a former relationship.He went into a trance everytime it came on.Elaine wanted to have a song for their relationship and decided on "Witchy Woman".She told Jerry Seinfield of her decision and he asked "Which "A" woman?",to which Elaine responded "No,"WITCHY" woman,not Which A woman." However her boyfriend refused the idea saying it could never compare to "Desperado".
Rick from Seattle, WaTo me, this song is a call to "settle down", and is appropriate to the era.
Linda Ronstadt's cover of the song came out about the same time as the Eagle's "Tequila Sunrise", ('74-'75?). These songs reflected a trend in Rock music of those years, as rockers stepped back from the hyper-excesses of the late '60's and early '70's, with many going into rehab programs for the first time (such as Eric Clapton), and coming out with a softer, mellower, slower sound.
Madonna from Washington, DcI think Desperado is a song about a horse
Jose from Hemet, Cakieth I dont think Don and Glenn was proselytize this song onther than that line has realy nothing that could be linked to god.So why the last line? Becouse there not refering to god there telling "desperado" that he'd better let the "queen of hearts" love him and stop chasing the "queen of diamonds".
Glen from Charlotte, NcFavorite Eagles song.
Brian from Boston, MaTo me the song is about a addict of some sort, who has lost his girl because of it. alot of time has gone by, yet he is still afraid to commit to another relationship, because she was just in it for material reasons.
Ryan from Largo, FlDidn't the police use this song to get somebody to come out of a building at some point?
Keith from San Anselmo, Ca"You better let somebody love you, before it's too late." I hate when rock stars proselytize.
Mel from South Australia, Australia'don't you draw the queen of diamonds boy, she'll beat you if she's able'...i always though the line was 'she'll beat you if she a boy'...makes more sense now!
Bruce from Gainesville, GaClint Black recorded this song recently...Excellent version by a great country artist!
Jon from Oakridge, OrI also love the Johnny Cash version. Probably #1 best cover of it on my list Petter Angelholm, Sweden.
Petter from Ã?ngelholm, SwedenJohnny Cash did a sentimental and wonderful cover of this on his last album American IV: The Man Comes Around (2002). it can make you cry.
Jay from Atlanta, GaI heard a Christian artist do this in concert, it put chills down my spine.
Steve from Fenton, MoFor those of you that have just the Eagles Greatest Hits CD, Desperado is their best regular issue CD. In fact all of their regular CDs are worth owning except for "The Long Run". By the time of "The Long Run" the Eagles were weary of trying to live up to the high standard they'd set and were going through the motions.
Matt from Haddon Hieghts, Njthis is the eagles best song and it is just great Don Henly makes it that good. If he wasnt singin there is no Desparado
Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScI agree with your interpretation Buster. I think the song's about love too.
Buster from Monrovia, MdLooking beyond the obvious, literal meaning of the lyrics, the song is about life and love. A "desperado" is a desperate person, one who despairs--lonely and afraid. The cowboy metaphor is used for poetic purposes. The queen of diamonds represents material or physical things and the queen of hearts represents love or spiritual things. The song is simply saying not to shut yourself off from love. (It is a recurring theme in many songs.) Do not put up false "reasons" for being hard. Do not ignore what you have. Do not imagine freedom is more important than the bonds of love.
While putting one's own personal meaning into songs is part of their charm and a measure of their appeal, we must not imagine that our "truth" is everyone else's.
John from Millersville, MdI didn't like it much at first, but it really grow me. Espacially the "Don't your feet get cold in the wintertime..." part.
Henley's vocals are FLAWLESS, that just adds to the effect.
Aylin from Montreal, CanadaWell, it's a different kind of song. It's not bad at all. Hey, why aren't there any songfacts for Peaceful Easy Feeling?
Beth from Baden, PaA number of decades have passed since this song was written, and each person has his or her own thoughts of the meaning of the lyrics to Desperado by the Eagles, but suddenly this pm, it became to clear to me that these lyrics can be applied to whatever they need to be, for whomever needs them. As for me, it hit home. It made me realize that my life with my husband is worth salvaging, and ending a year long affair would be in my best interest.
Chase from Pasadena, CaThis is, far and away, the band's worst song.
Steve from Fenton, MoI think Randy of Beaumont is correct. Go back and listen to the lyrics (especially of Certain Kind of Fool) and think guitar rather than 6 gun.
Robert from London, EnglandVERY interesting comments by everyone. Just one thing I have been thinking about the past few days. I am referring to the friendly "feud" between Randy of Beaumont Texas and Brian of New Zealand. First things first, Saturday Night is on the Desperado album. Now concerning the sub-plot given by Mr. Randy, That is an interesting idea and it very well could be true but I think the romantic in me still believes this album is based upon the Doolin/Dalton gang which formed up in the early 1890s and came to a bloody end in.....you guessed it, Coffeyville, Kansas in 1892. Whether you believe this is an album about an outlaw gang from the wild west or a stuggling rock musician, everyone should do a little research on the Doolin/Dalton gang. Its pretty interesting stuff.....and did you know that Grat and Bob Dalton (two original members of the infamous Doolin/Dalton gang) were originally U.S. Deputy Marshals in their younger days?
Adrienne from Santa Barbara, CaI heard The Eagles play this last night. D. Henley's voice is outstanding. All Eagles vocals are outstanding. I'm 52, and I've seen so many awesome bands, but Eagles are a cut above most. My 15-yr. old son was blown away by it, too. There is magic in their music. The lyrics translate to Truth. The story may be about different things to each of us. That's the way art is. Hotel Calif. has some creative posts about "meaning". Compare the lyrics of Hotel Calif. to Witchy Woman. James Wells, in Queens, NY, no one knows like we do, eh? Hope you're still doing OK. Been there, done that... These songs can apply to something greater, hugely more powerful than we are. Whether it's a lover, a drug, gambling, sex, the fast lane lifestyle, we can lose ourselves so easily, our minds rationalize to make our habits seem "reasonable" and make sense to our breaking hearts. We do the things we said we'd never do. At that point, we're shells of the person we were. Luckily, some of us make it back to teach others as the "wounded healer" or Chiron. I pursued heroin bliss that I felt the first time for 12 years. It just got further and further away. How ironic that I can experience that bliss again, whenever I choose, through meditation. I just had to stop doing heroin to be able to get to it. --- I feel like I was part of a great secret society (hippies/flower children) who, only by virtue of when I was born and, to a lesser extent, where, lived through a very special time. Only WE really 'got' the meanings of those lyrics. The beautiful people, free love, dope, music festivals, and peace activism took us on a fantastic ride. But then our friends started dying. Addiction meant we couldn't trust our best friends from kindergarten any more. The whole scene just fell apart in decay, the feeling of some music was old, bittersweet, painful. Veterans returned with the horrors of war experience, without arms, legs, or perhaps sanity. Long strange trip, indeed. Anyway, thank you to all of you amazing musicians who pointed out the way. And keep up the good works, all you other music lovers, dope fiends, and heppers out there. I won't tell. They will never know how many of us there are; we've experienced absolute bliss, we saw how beautiful it can be, and have struggled to learn to live a physical life gentled by The Love and The Light. Now we are the elders, here to teach. Blessings..AD, S.Bar.,CA email@example.com
Calvin from Kyle, Txto clarify. the song played in the cab scene was peacefull easy feeling.
Calvin from Kyle, Txthe eagles are a great band. in regards to the guy who said desperado was in the big lebowski your are wrong. and eagles song was in it in the cab scene but desperado was not.
Rayyan from Dubai, OtherI personally think it's about a guy who falls in love with beautiful women, not women who return their love to him.
Queen of Diamonds - a woman who wants riches and money Queen of Hearts - a woman who loves him back
These are my views, and to each his own
Johnny from Scotch Plains, NjThis song is also in the movie, The Big Lebowski, one of the funniest films made in my lifetime.
James Wells from Queens, NyHi I am a recovering cocaine addict and alcoholic and to me this is a song of desperation in the world of addiction..."These things that are pleasing you can hurt you somehow". Whiskey and cocaine stopped pleasing me a long time ago but I continued to try and keep "riding the fences" for so long......I knew I was destroying my life but I kept using because I was to afraid to stop... "Now it seems to me some fine things have been laid upon your table but you only want the ones that you can't get"....I had a family who loved me, I had a job that I didn't realize was so important to me until I lost it. I had so many wonderful things but I lost them all due to addiction...The things that I wanted that I couldnt get was truly to become sober and beat the "devil" but I was never truly able to show it to the world.. So I kept taking the painful "easy" way out....... "Your prison is walking through this world all alone".......I used heavily for the past 5 years and completely isolated myself from all my friends and family....I remember trying to fight off the temptation and walking around in the streets of Queens or sitting a slice of pizza ALONE and it hurt so much.....Addiction is a personal prison...."Your losing all your highs and lows, aint if funny how that feeling goes away"....The more cocaine and alcohol I used the the highs began to become nonexistent but the lows would trick you into believing they went away so you could give it another shot tonight... In reality the lows went away and became unclimbable holes..."It may be raining but theres a rainbow above you, you better let somebody love you before it's to late".....As I write this a miracle has transformed my life one day at a time and I have 60 days today......It is raining outside but Jesus is behind that rain...And in front of God is the rainbow of freedom I feel and all addicts can feel if they surrender......I've never had a girlfriend in my life due to addictiona and alcohol and the isolation it led to so its time Jimmy to let somebody love you before it's to late.......thank you if i helped anyone today email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Meagan from Baton Rouge, Lavery funny charlie i feel the same way and hate that eagles are considered pop to some people. and also this is my favorite song of all time and think it should have gotten more comments than it did and i dont think it should be overlooked so much. i just said somthing about hotel california and there were tons of comments. don henley has an awsome voice and i hate that the eagles are not as popular as they should be. pure talent and i cherish everyone of the eagles songs when they play. also like the seinfield guy i wouldnt let anyone talk when they are playing either, expecially this song. once again it is my favorite song and really appreciate all the talent th eagles put into every one of their songs. its amazing to me and will never grow out of them.
Randy from Beaumont, TxAww C'mon Brian of New Zealand. The beauty of your country is distracting you. LOL. My assessment of the album was edited from a much longer one that was published in "Music Connection" Magazine. Look below the layer of the Cowboy story. There's a sub-plot. The sub-plot advances the story about a hundred years. Now, there's no cowboy, just a boy(very much like myself as a teenager I might add) who has a "craving" for something but doesn't know what...UNTIL...in "Certain Kind of Fool" he sees the Les Paul or (like me) the Strat in the store. "...it felt shiny and smooth in his hand. He took it to the country and practiced for days without rest...". NOWHERE is there a mention of a gun OR a guitar....because this is a subjective work....and a damn good one. He joins a gang (band) and goes through all the suffering (Saturday Night...which, indeed, is on the album.... all the craziness (Out of Control)...He pays his dues to the point of despair mentally, emotionally and physically ("...you're losing all your highs and lows...ain't it funny how the feeling goes away...") and against the advice of his mentors (Bitter Creek) continues his pursuit. I call it a pursuit now because we can get VERY subjective and even find a third sub-plot about being an artist....or guitarist.....or anyone in pursuit of perfection (Like Ahab in Moby Dick...the white whale being a metaphor for perfection). but...never finding it. Fact is, we CAN'T find perfection...only pursue it. Anyway, so he goes into town for one more gig (holdup..first layer/ concert..sub plot). He turns away from those who love him and hates those who seek him out..."..all you blood thirsty bystanders better try to find your seats...". Eventually, as we all are, he's confronted with the very ethical questions about what IS important in life. He's faced with continuing the quest (Bitter Creek) or letting it go...but doesn't and, like Ahab, this unattainable quest for perfection destroys him "...your twisted fate has found you out and finally turned the tables..stole your dreams and left you with regret...". Our question now is an age old one... why do we strive to find the unattainable...the perfection when it doesn't exist in this life? Only God is perfect and we can't attain His level, but we can seek Him out. Maybe it's the quest itself that makes life worthwhile...even if it turns us into desperados. And, if so, then so be it. Here's to that desperado spirit in us all! I cant take credit for all of these very deep thoughts....when the album first came out Rolling Stone made a comment on the "Concept in the sub-plot". I just found it for myself on some kind of philosophical level.
Dee from Indianapolis, InThis is one of my favorites by the Eagles, and hits home everytime I hear it. I consider myself a hopeless romantic and have been holding out for the right women to come into my life. This just sums things up for me in that regard.
Charlie from Thomaston, Cthey Dougie, did you say pop, did you? the eagles are classic rock, and if i ever hear anyone sayh there pop again, so help me, i will, eat my belt buckle!
Dougie from Orlando, FlA timeless classic, perfectly executed. To this day, Don Henley writes some of the most intelligent lyrics in pop music.
Debbie from Winthrop, MaThis is a great song. Everything the eagels sang is great.
Peter from Montrose, DcNo, Brian you are wrong "Saturday Night" is on "Desperado" not "Eagles." Thanks
Bob from Las Vegas, NvDon's voice is incredible in this song. Probably as good as it ever was. Its just the kinda song that touches you deep down inside. I love that about The Eagles
Bill Crawford from Oro Valley, AzStraight from Don Henly: "Desperado" was a song fragment that I?d had since the late ?60s. Maybe ?68, I started that song. It wasn?t even called "Desperado." It was called something else, but it was the same melody, same chords. I think it had something to do with astrology [chuckles]. Whatever the title was back then, it was horrible [laughs]. Jackson Browne suggested a Western themeâ??something to do with playing cards, I thinkâ??which is sort of where we were headed anyway. When we returned from England, after making our first album, I was living in a little house, way up in Laurel Canyon. I think Roger McGuinn had lived there previously. It was one of those houses on stilts, and when the winds were high, the house would rock gently. It was sort of unsettling, but I got used to it after a while.
Anyway, Glenn came over to write one day, and I showed him this unfinished tune that I had been holding for so many years. I said, "When I play it and sing it, I think of Ray Charlesâ??Ray Charles and Stephen Foster. It?s really a Southern gothic thing, but we can easily make it more Western." Glenn leapt right on itâ??filled in the blanks and brought structure. And that was the beginning of our songwriting partnership . . . that?s when we became a team.
Max from Ottawa, CanadaUsed in the 2003 film "In America". The family's daughter sings this in a school pagent. Good scene.
Eddie from Lachine, MiClint Black covered this on the 1994 country tribute to the Eagles and Johnny Cash did, too, on his last album.
Pamela from Palatka, FlFor me this song doesn't have to be for a certain gender although it does mention the queen of diamonds. Being divorced for many years, I am frequently told to "let somebody love me before it's too late" and to take the fence away from around my heart. Everything comes to a stop when this song plays as I just love the words, the music and the feeling it leaves with me.
James Lo Cascio from Mahwah, NjI listen to this song and take it for what it's worth. For me, the song tells of a man that can't find the right woman. The line; "Don't you draw the queen of diamonds boy, she'll beat you if she's able, you know the queen of hearts is always your best bet", definately makes the song what it is. Henley's vocals cry out and touch the young men in this world who want to fall in love but can't seem to find the attitude to fit the face. This song is soothing to the soul of any young man who feels alone in his quest for true love.
Brian from Auckland, New ZealandSorry, Randy of Beaumont, Texas is wrong. In "A Certain Kind Of Fool", what he sees in the window is not a guitar, it's a gun. And "Saturday Night" is not on the Desperado album, it's on their first one, "The Eagles".
Brian from Paoli, InLol the Senfield that included this song was hilarious. Great song, Don Henley's vocals are flaw-less, probably one of the best sung songs ever.
Amanda from Overland Park, KsI'm not sure the comment about Randy Meisner is accurate. He wasn't a guitarist during Desperado, he was the bassist. It wasn't until the early 80's, when he was solo that he began to play acoustic. What is the basis of this?