Wasted Time

Album: Hotel California (1976)
  • Well baby, there you stand
    With your little head, down in your hand
    Oh, my God, you can't believe it's happening again
    Your baby's gone, and you're all alone
    And it looks like the end

    And you're back out on the street
    And you're tryin' to remember
    How do you start it over
    You don't know if you can
    You don't care much for a stranger's touch
    But you can't hold your man

    You never thought you'd be alone
    This far down the line
    And I know what's been on your mind
    You're afraid it's all been wasted time

    The autumn leaves have got you thinking
    About the first time that you fell
    You didn't love the boy too much, no, no
    You just loved the boy to well, farewell

    So you live day to day
    And you dream about tomorrow, oh
    And the hours go by like minutes
    And the shadows come to stay
    So you take a little something
    To make them go away
    I could have done so many things, baby
    If I could only stop my mind
    From wonderin' what I left behind
    And from worrying 'bout this wasted time

    Ooh, another love has come and gone
    Ooh, and the years keep rushing on
    I remember what you told me before you went out on your own
    Sometimes to keep it together, we got to leave it alone

    So you can get on with your search, baby
    And I can get on with mine
    And maybe someday we will find
    That it wasn't really wasted time
    Mmm, hmm mm
    Oh, ooh, ooh
    Ooh, ooh, mmm mmm Writer/s: Glenn Lewis Frey, Donald Hugh Henley
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Comments: 7

  • Don from Vancouver Bc This song stands the test of time , we are all home with this virus going on , nice to have great songs to make us all look back and appreciate super lyrics @ composing
  • Amypala from Virginia Beach, VaI was driving home from grocery shopping, sad because it was my mother's birthday, our first without her; Hotel California was in my disc drive, and this song came on; I really noticed very sharply how very sad this song is; how Henley's voice captures that sadness, and then the rise of the music at the end that says it will get better. I cried all the way home.
  • Jeannie from KyOne of my many Favorite Eagles songs.
  • Dude from FloridaI've listened to this song about 10 times today and it has to be about one their romances gone bad. On Wikipedia, it says the song was inspired by Don Henley's breakup with Loree Rodkin, so you there have it.
  • Markantney from Biloxi, MsJul 2014,

    1. I Love this song.
    2. And though they may have been aiming for the "Blue Eye'd" Soul Philly sound and Henly has the chops for it,..this has more a Kenny Rogers (type) Country Pop (or Pop Country) Vibe.
    3. Again, a great song.
  • Ken from Louisville, KyThe song is Henley's message that while it is hard not to be despondent and bitter about the end of a romance, it is important to not to let that overwhelm you. Don would revive that theme with his 1989 solo hit "Heart Of The Matter".
  • Ken from Louisville, KyAlthough the song is about the end of a romantic relationship, it was chosen to end Part One of the History Of The Eagles doc. It covered the 1980 break up of the group with the closing line of the song "So you can get on with your search, baby/And I can get on with mine/And maybe one day we will find/That it wasn't really wasted time".
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