Friday, March 06, 2009

The Eagles & The Last Resort

My favorite band is The Eagles. The band members are great musicians. The singers have good voices. Glenn Frey and Don Henley, in particular, have written some wonderful songs with fine lyrics. Many of their songs tell stories. And I love the fact that you can actually hear the words when they’re singing their songs.

Here are the beginning lyrics to The Last Resort, one of my favorite Eagles’ songs.

From The Last Resort
by The Eagles

She came from Providence, the one in Rhode Island
Where the old world shadows hang heavy in the air
She packed her hopes and dreams like a refugee
Just as her father came across the sea.

She heard about a place, people were smilin’
They spoke about the red man’s way, how they loved the land
And they came from everywhere to the Great Divide
Seeking a place to stand or a place to hide

Down in the crowded bars, out for a good time
Can’t wait to tell you all what it’s like up there
And they call it paradise, I don’t know why
Somebody laid the mountains low while the town got high

You can read the rest of the lyrics here.

Here’s a video of the Eagles performing The Last Resort:


At Wild Rose Reader, I have an original poem inspired by the painting Grace Lin created for the Small Graces March auction. Earlier this week, I posted an extensive list of Resources for National Poetry Month at my blog. And last night, I posted Fairy for Hire: An Original Poem in response to Tricia's Poetry Stretch.

Edited to Add: I posted a second original poem for Poetry Friday that I wrote this afternoon. Here is the link: A Poem Inspired by Rush Limbaugh?

Anastasia Suen has the Poetry Friday Roundup at Picture Book of the Day.


jama said...

Love your taste in music, Elaine :)!

Elaine Magliaro said...


I thought you'd like this post!

Unknown said...

I was listening to the Eagles sing HOTEL CALIFORNIA last week and had the same thought---pure poetry.

Elaine Magliaro said...


Both my husband and I are big Eagle fans. So many of their songs have such great lyrics that I never get bored listening to them.

laurasalas said...

Lovely...Desperado is my favorite Eagles song. Love those lyrics.

Elaine Magliaro said...


I've really gotten hooked on The Eagles in the last few months. Maybe because we got ourselves a Bose radio/CD player for Christmas.
Now I listen to music much more often than I used to.