You never thought you’d be alone
This far down the line
But I know what’s been on your mind
You’re afraid it’s all been wasted time
Welcome to my April A-Z! I’m exploring songs by the fabulous Eagles and today’s feature is “Wasted Time,” a song close to my heart. This is a track from their 1976 mega-smash album Hotel California, and it was written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey (RIP). Again, this was not released as a single, so there is no chart info for it, but it’s a great song regardless. It’s also a bit different from the other HC songs, as it is slower and more soulful.
So you live from day to day
And you dream about tomorrow
And the hours go by like minutes
And the shadows come to stay
So you take a little something to make them go away
We could be talking about love, or fame, or any number of things, but regardless the outcome is the same. Time keeps ticking on, and the shadows of the end game move ever closer. Henley was mad at Rolling Stone‘s cursory three paragraph review of HC, where Charley Walters gave Henley a rather back-handed compliment. Walters said Henley was superb on “Hotel California, “Life in the Fast Lane,” and “Victim of Love,” with his “weary disgust of the region’s luxurious excess” (he meant Los Angeles), but then Walters went on to directly criticize the frequent orchestration, particularly on “Wasted Time.” Mostly Henley was pissed off that the magazine didn’t give the Eagles as much attention as they gave Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne. Then again, Henley had a habit of crabbing about the press, which likely inspired his solo “Dirty Laundry,” an awesome song!
The love has come and gone
The years keep rushing on
I remember what you told me
Before you went out on your own
Sometimes to keep it together
You got to leave it alone
So you can get on with your search, baby
And I can get on with mine
Maybe someday we will find
That it wasn’t really wasted time
E-trivia: Regarding the Eagles breakup, their long-time manager Irving Azoff said, “At the end of every tour, they broke up. The Eagles were breaking up from the day I met them…”
My source for this info is Eagles, Taking It to the Limit, by Ben Fong-Torres, a gift from a friend for last year’s birthday. Thanks again, Mark G (who doesn’t read my blog, lol)!
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