Song of the Day #2,993: ‘How Long’ – Eagles

eagles_long_raod_out_edenThe Eagles waited 28 years after The Long Run to release another studio album. In between they broke up, reunited, had one founding member (Don Felder) leave the band for good, released a popular live album (1994’s 10-million selling Hell Freezes Over) and made a fortune touring on their classic hits.

2007’s Long Road Out of Eden, almost certainly the band’s final original album considering the death of Glenn Frey earlier this year, is a double album that tries to recapture the sound and spirit of the band’s early work. It reached #1 on the charts and sold more than 3 million copies, ensuring that the band didn’t have a commercial miss in its entire career.

For the first year of its release, Long Road Out of Eden was available only at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations, as well as the band’s website. That was an interesting choice given the band’s populist politics but apparently a smart one, financially.

None of the singles entered the mainstream the way the rest of the Eagles songs I’ve featured have, but the album did produce a couple of modest hits (including today’s SOTD, ‘How Long’).

Here endeth my trip down Eagles Boulevard. I have to admit that I enjoyed most of what I heard while dipping my toe into these albums. I’m still no fan of ‘Hotel California’ (the song or the album) but I have a new respect for the band’s sustained mainstream success.

[Verse 1]
Like a blue bird with his heart removed, lonely as a train
I’ve run just as far as I can run
If I never see the good old days shining in the sun
I’ll be doing fine and then some

How long, how long
Woman will you weep
How long, how long
Rock yourself to sleep

[Verse 2]
Well, I’ve been doing time in lonesome prison, where the sun doesn’t shine
Just outside, the freedom river runs
Out there in that shiny night, with blood hounds on your mind
Don’t you know it’s the same sad situation?



[Verse 3]
Everybody feels alright you know, I heard some poor fool say (Somebody Ooh)
Everyone is out there on the loose
Well I wish I lived in the land of fools, no one knew my name
But what you get is not quite what you choose


How long, how long (long and drawn out)
Muddy River runs so deep
How long, how long (long and drawn out)
Good night baby, rock yourself to sleep
Sleep tight baby, rock yourself to sleep
Bye bye baby, rock yourself to sleep

One thought on “Song of the Day #2,993: ‘How Long’ – Eagles

  1. Dana says:

    I have no familiarity with this song or album. To be honest, I left the Eagles behind in the 70’s and Don Henley behind in the 80’s.

    While I obviously was never a fan of Frey, it is quite sad that his rather untimely death effectively ends the possibility of hearing either new Eagles music or seeing the band live, something I never had the chance to do.

    Meanwhile, it remains interesting and somewhat perplexing to me that you continue to so dislike Hotel California and the album from which it came. But I guess the ear likes what the ear likes.šŸ˜„

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