In 1973, the Eagles followed up their mega-successful self-titled debut (released a year earlier) with a concept album inspired by the Old West. Featuring a cover image of the band members in cowboy gear, Desperado must have seemed ripe for ridicule.
But with songwriters Don Henley and Glenn Frey taking center stage, penning eight of the album’s 11 tracks, the songs were just too good to dismiss. While the album failed to sell early on, it eventually reached double platinum status and is considered a seminal album in the country rock genre.
Desperado features two of my three favorite Eagles tracks: the title song and ‘Tequila Sunrise’ (the third is ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’). Unfortunately, the Eagles are one of the few remaining bands that strictly withholds most songs from YouTube, so I can’t offer up one of those today.
Instead, here’s ‘Out of Control,’ one of the tracks not penned by Henley or Frey, and the most rocking track on the album.
Oh, my, don’t the sky look spacious
With the stars all shining down
Well, I can hear the night wind howling
It’s a high and lonesome sound
And I ain’t had a woman in so long
I can’t feed my starving soul
Come on, saddle up, boys, we’re gonna ride into town
We’re gonna get a little out of control
There’s a card game in the corner
And the barmaid smiled at me
Well, I tipped her a silver dollar and
She brought me a drink for free
All the town-folk call her the cheap one
And the gamblers call her Flo
Come on, set ’em up again
I got me a friend, and I think I’m getting out of control
Oh, oh, oh
She’s cool water, her mama taught her
I got news, she’s mine and mine alone
And if anybody’s looking for trouble
You know I’m the one you want to try
Well, I’ll fight any man who wants to
And I don’t care who or why
You got to gamble on your story
You got no guts, you get no glory
And I’m betting my money on an ace in the hole
Think I’m getting out of control
We’ve done it now
Where’s my baby?
Where’d you go, baby?