Come on, baby
Don’t say “Maybe”
I gotta know
If your sweet love
Is gonna save me
We may lose and we may win
Though we will never be here again
So open up, I’m climbin’ in
So take it easy
Welcome to my April A-Z! I’m exploring songs by the fabulous Eagles and today’s feature is “Take It Easy,” the first track on their 1972 debut album Eagles. The song was written by Jackson Browne and Eagles member Glenn Frey (RIP), who also did the lead vocals. It’s listed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 songs that shaped rock and roll. “Take It Easy” peaked at No. 12 on Billboard Hot 100 in July 1972 and is one of the Eagles’ signature songs.
JB recorded it himself for his own 1973 album For Everyman, but it did not chart. JB and Glenn have different versions of how they collaborated on the song. In Glenn’s, he heard JB working on the song in the apartment below him and moseyed on down to help. In JB’s, Glenn found JB messing with the song in a recording studio and pestered him to let him finish it and use it on the Eagles album. Who knows which is true? Maybe both! But lucky for us, they got it done.
The song (and album) was recorded in London with producer Glyn Johns. For “Take It Easy,” Glenn sings lead, Don Henley plays drums, Randy Meisner is on bass, and Bernie Leadon plays lead guitar and banjo. Henley, Meisner, and Leadon also provide harmonizing vocals. That first album went platinum with several top hits. It was viewed as country rock, a label that Henley and Glenn tried to shed later with a harder-edged sound.
E-trivia: The second verse of the song contains the line “Well, I’m a-standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona” and Frey said that refers to a time when JB’s car malfunctioned there. The City of Winslow erected a statue of a man standing on the corner to commemorate the song, with a mural behind him depicting a Ford truck driven by a blonde woman. However, JB said that while his car did indeed break down in Winslow a few times, it was actually in Flagstaff, AZ where he was ogled by a woman in a truck, and Frey mashed the two events together. Hey, lyrical license, amirite?
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