Take It to the Limit [April A2Z]

eagle soaring sunset sky

All alone at the end of the evening
And the bright lights have faded to blue
I was thinking ’bout a woman
Who might have loved me
I never knew

Welcome to my April A-Z! I’m exploring songs by the fabulous Eagles and today’s feature is “Take It to the Limit,” the third single from their 1975 album One of These Nights. It reached No. 4 on Billboard Hot 100, making it their most successful song up until then. Billboard ranked it No. 25 for 1976.

Randy Meisner, Don Henley, and Glenn Frey (RIP) wrote the song, and Meisner sang lead, which makes this song unique in the Eagles discography (and it’s also the last Eagles single to feature Bernie Leadon before he was replaced by Joe Walsh). However, Meisner disliked performing TITTL at concerts due to fear of not being able to hit the high notes consistently. Frey pestered him to sing it because the fans loved it, and this dispute led to Meisner’s exit from the group after they actually got into a physical fight over it.

You know I’ve always been a dreamer (spent my life running round)
And it’s so hard to change
Can’t seem to settle down
But the dreams I’ve seen lately
Keep on turning out and burning out and turning out the same
So put me on a highway
Show me a sign
Take it to the limit
One more time

This great song made a comeback when the Eagles returned to the Los Angeles Staples Center in 1999, and Frey sang lead. After his passing, Vince Gill sang lead on TITTL. Don Felder was on lead guitar, Don Henley played drums and provided backing vocals, and Bernie Leadon played electric guitar.

E-trivia: Randy Meisner put out a solo album in 1978 and performed “Take It to the Limit” on that album, accompanied by piano and acoustic guitar. Guess who sang backing vocals? My honey David Cassidy!

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13 responses to “Take It to the Limit [April A2Z]

  1. Another great song.

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  2. Even though Randy Meisner didn’t want to sing this, Glenn Frey encouraged him with a persistent effort to take it to the limit. Great song Paula.

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  3. As soon as I read your title I started singing. Thanks. 😍

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  4. I can totally see these guys fighting like brothers over who’s gonna sing what.

    You can have David, I preferred Shaun😝😂😂😂

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  5. I remember going to a concert with The Eagles, Jackson Browne, and Linda Ronstadt and I witnessed Randy Meisner singing this song and he hit all the notes. It was amazing and the had everyone at the venue on their feet. Just wow!

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  6. Okay! I’ve been waiting for this one! Has to be one of my favorites. I’ve been known to put this on repeat for hours, love it so much. ❤