Song of the Day #2,992: ‘The Long Run’ – Eagles

eagles_the_long_runAfter releasing two of the best-selling albums in history, the Eagles took a few years off before recording a follow-up. The Long Run, released late in 1979, produced three hit singles and went 7X platinum in the United States yet was still viewed as a disappointment by most critics.

Those hits — the title track, ‘Heartache Tonight’ and ‘I Can’t Tell You Why’ — all reached Billboard’s top ten, with ‘Heartache Tonight’ (featuring Glenn Frey on lead vocals) hitting the top spot.

This record also signaled another line-up change for the band: founding member Randy Meisner was out, replaced by bassist and occasional vocalist Timothy B. Schmit.

Sampling The Long Run on YouTube, you see a lot of praise for the album by fans both new and old. The hits aside, I’m siding with the critics on this one. The deep cuts are largely unmemorable.

This would be the last album of original Eagles material for nearly 30 years, as the band split a year later following a fight between Glenn Frey and Don Felder. The next three decades would see the release of several live albums and greatest hits compilations.

I used to hurry a lot, I used to worry a lot
I used to stay out till the break of day
Oh, that didn’t get it
It was high time I quit it
I just couldn’t carry on that way

Oh, I did some damage, I know it’s true
Didn’t know I was so lonely, till I found you
You can go the distance
We’ll find out in the long run
(in the long run)
We can handle some resistance
If our love is a strong one (is a strong one)
People talking about is
They got nothin’ else to do
When it all comes down we will
Still come through
In the long run
Ooh, I want to tell you, it’s a long run

You know I don’t understand why you don’t
Treat yourself better
Do the crazy things that you do
Cause all the debutantes in Houston, baby
Couldn’t hold a candle to you

Did you do it for love?
Did you do it for money?
Did you do it for spite?
Did you think you had to, honey?

Who is gonna make it?
We’ll find out in the long run
(in the long run)
I know we can take it
If our love is a strong one
(is a strong one)
Well, we’re scared, but we ain’t shaking
Kinda bent, but we ain’t breaking
In the long run
Ooh, I want to tell you, it’s a long run
In the long run
In the long run

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,992: ‘The Long Run’ – Eagles

  1. Dana says:

    I like this song, but (surprise!), don’t like the Frey driven “Heartache Tonight.” I just heard “I Can’t Tell You Why” on the radio the other day. I was struck by the ethereal quality of that song. Also, could it BE more 70’s?

  2. Rob (from Canada) says:

    Timothy B. Schmidt, I would suggest is more that an occasional vocalist. He replaced Randy Meisner as lead vocalist and bassist in Poco in the early seventies (and years later he would replace Meisner again in the Eagles). Schmidt is and was a “hired gun” for vocals and has appeared in songs by Steely Dan, Toto, Jimmy Buffet, Andrew Gold, Firefall and Don Henley, to mention but a few. His voice is remarkable … nobody else sounds like him.

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