Seven Bridges Road [April A2Z]

green jungle forest bridge

There are stars in the southern sky
Southward as you go
There is moonlight and moss in the trees
Down the seven bridges road

Welcome to my April A-Z! I’m exploring songs by the fabulous Eagles and today’s feature is “Seven Bridges Road.” This is not an original Eagles’ song, nor is it one of my favorites, but so many people love it that I included it in my series. Even the Eagles cover bands play it because it’s so popular! Anyway, the song was written by American musician Steve Young, and he recorded it in 1969 for his own album, Rock Salt & Nails. The song has been covered by many other artists.

People wonder if there is a real “Seven Bridges Road,” and yep there is. It’s Woodley Road in Alabama, near Montgomery. Steve wrote the lyrics as a personal ode to the place, which he found beautiful and special. He didn’t understand why it became so popular with other people, and I don’t either, so there ya go. Mike Nesmith (Monkees dude) produced an album for Ian Matthews in 1973 that included a version of the song he was really proud of. Later the Eagles used this version for their cover, prompting Nesmith to remark: “If they had to steal it from someone, better they should steal it from me.” (Paraphrased from Wikipedia.)

E-trivia: According to Don Felder, the group used “Seven Bridges Road” to warm up before shows and then sang it acapella to start the show. Everyone loved how their voices harmonized (even I can appreciate that), and the version they sang at their July 28, 1980 concert in Santa Monica ended up getting issued as a single from their live album. It reached No. 21 on Billboard Hot 100, and it also has the distinction of being their last Top 40 hit for 14 years until they reunited. Remember, they never broke up; they just took a 14-year vacation, according to Glenn Frey (RIP).

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9 responses to “Seven Bridges Road [April A2Z]

  1. I never understood why this song became so popular.

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  2. i love the harmony in this song.

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  3. I think Steve Young’s original is still my favourite version of this song. I’ve always loved the harmonies in this one which, like most of the covers I’ve heard, adheres very closely to the excellent treatment Ian Matthews gave it. If you have three minutes to spare this fairly recent cover is pretty good too: https://youtu.be/lP_eq5cvobk

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  4. Yeah, the acapella opening is the best part.🤷🏼‍♀️ I only learned about this song within the past year or two.
    Their harmony is crazy good tho!

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  5. A nice song, not one of their greatest IMHO.

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  6. Wonderful singing in this one. Nice to know about the song. 🙂

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  7. Not my cup of tea, either, but the vocals were nice.

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