Smuggler's Blues

Album: The Allnighter (1984)
Charted: 22 12
  • There's trouble on the streets tonight
    I can feel it in my bones
    I had a premonition
    That he should not go alone

    I knew the gun was loaded
    But I didn't think he'd kill
    Everything exploded
    And the blood began to spill

    So baby, here's your ticket
    Put the suitcase in your hand
    Here's a little money now
    Do it just the way we planned

    You be cool for twenty hours
    And I'll pay you twenty grand
    I'm sorry it went down like this
    And someone had to lose

    It's the nature of the business
    It's the smuggler's blues
    Smuggler's Blues
    The sailors and pilots

    The soldiers and the law
    The pay offs and the rip offs
    And the things nobody saw
    No matter if it's heroin, cocaine, or hash

    You've got to carry weapons
    'Cause you always carry cash
    There's lots of shady characters
    Lots of dirty deals

    Every name's an alias
    In case somebody squeals
    It's the lure of easy money
    It's got a very strong appeal

    Perhaps you'd understand it better
    Standin' in my shoes
    It's the ultimate enticement
    It's the smuggler's blues

    Smuggler's blues
    Oh
    See it in the headlines
    You hear it ev'ry day
    They say they're gonna stop it

    But it doesn't go away
    They move it through Miami, sell it in L.A.
    They hide it up in Telluride
    I mean it's here to stay

    It's propping up the governments in Columbia and Peru
    You ask any D.E.A. man
    He'll say "there's nothin' we can do"
    From the office of the President

    Right down to me and you, me and you
    It's a losing proposition
    But one you can't refuse
    It's the politics of contraband
    It's the smuggler's blues
    Smuggler's blues

    Hmm, hmm
    Woah, oh
    Woah, oh
    Ya

Comments: 9

  • Imarriedhim from North IdahoI heard Glen Frey came up with the idea of this song when late one night he was watching a guy count money. The guy laid a gun down on the table and started talking about how someone he knew had died. Glen asked him how the guy died and all he said was "It's the nature of the business, it's the smugglers blues" We can only guess why Glenn Frey was at this guys well hidden house in a canyon in L.A. But a great song came from it.
    That guy moved to North Idaho did what he did for awhile than did time in a North Idaho prison. Now he lives a quiet life still in North Idaho
  • Stukka63 from St.augustine, Fla.Here’s the way it’s done.
    If your moving cocaine, you need to be extremely cautious.
    Ok, let me back it up. If you’re not paying the cia, dea in south Fla.thier cut, they are out to bust your ass. Now, you always land n re group in Cuba. Then you fly the long way home. (Low n slow up the gulf coast)
    K Lakeland, Fla. has always been a prime destination. Now you have a piece of shjt huge car at the airport. You load it up, then call a flatbed to take it south.
    Even if per say the driver gets pulled over, he doesn’t know shjt.
    Not his responsibility to bring drug dogs out n sniff the car.
    Law enforcement is very simple. They have no one set up to check vehicles heading south.
  • Dave from UsHave to wonder if there was a connection between this and Barry Seal.
  • Ken from Louisville, KyThis was co-written by Frey and his frequent writing partner Jack Tempchin. Tempchin wrote two Eagles hits, "Peaceful Easy Feeling" and "Already Gone". After the group broke up, Frey needed a songwriting partner to help with lyrics since he was no longer writing with Don Henley. So he asked Tempchin.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 1st 1985, Glen Frey starred on the NBC-TV weekly series 'Miami Vice' in an episode called 'Smuggler's Blues'...
    The record "Smuggler's Blues" entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart on March 31st, 1985; and on June 16th it peaked at #12 (for 1 week), it was also its 12th week on the Top 100 (it spent a total of 16 weeks on the chart)...
    It was track six on his 2nd studio album, 'The Allnighter', and the album peaked at #22 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart...
    Two other tracks from the album also made the Top 100; "Sexy Girl" (at #20) and "The All Nighter" (at #54).
  • Brian from Boston, MaThis is an underrated song. I think it is often just written off as cheesy 80's music but I disagree. This song has good guitar and the subject matter is intriuging. The video for this song follows the songs story about drug dealers. I always felt this song never got the credit it deserved.
  • Jeff from Austin, TxPhil Collins sported an AWESOME mullet in that episode. The going bald/mullet look was KILLER!!!
  • Karen from Manchester, NhOne episode of "Miami Vice" also featured Phil Collins, himself! It was titled "Phil the Shill" and is one of the funniest episodes of the entire series.
  • Rich from Elkins, WvWell written...tells a story ...good beat and you can dance to it.....I give it a '94'
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