Song of the Week: Desperado

Song of the Week: Desperado

Featured Song: Desperado

Artist: The Eagles

Members: Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Landon, Randy Meisner

Similar Artists: The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, Chicago, Fleetwood Mac, Steve Miller Band

Upcoming Local Shows: None

Bio and Review: 

In a time where the mindset of continual improvement and constant replacement of ideals, cultures, and beliefs is pounded into the heads of everyone in the modern world, appreciation for the past has been fairly lost in our modern culture. Technology, art, politics, medicine, and even music have been subject to this mantra; each slowly falling into this trap of “replacement”. In music particularly, classic artists have been lost in oblivion. Ask the average teen if they know the names of Queen, Billy Joel, Dean Martin, Led Zeppelin, and maybe even the Beatles, and you can’t be sure they know these music legends anymore. Well today a song calls out from the darkness and makes it’s reappearance to be showcased in this week’s “Song of the Week”.

Desperado, by the Eagles is a beautiful and classic song, filled with emotion, melody, and meaning. It was released back in April of 1973, as the cover song for the Eagles’ album, also titled Desperado and has enthralled the hearts of many ever since. Though met with little success when it was first published, once the Eagles started to make a name for themselves in the music scene, the album started to sell by the thousands. The album has reached double platinum status with over two million being sold in the United States alone.

The song itself is a beautiful ballad really only using the piano as its main instrument with some strings in the background towards the middle. But what is the true high light of this true classic are the beautiful lyrics of the song. The leader singer plays the role of a narrator who is singing a pleading warning to a lost young man. This young “desperado” is misguided in what he seeks as fulfillment in his life, choosing wealth and meaningless pleasure over any sort of true relationships or meaning. The author over and over tells the man that he must step back and reevaluate his goals in life before it is too late for him to turn back. True love is what he is looking for, and it is so close yet so far.

Though somewhat cliched in theme and premise, the warning to this misguided young man is so unique in the way it is presented and performed that it stands out among such hackneyed tales. Such a beautiful song speaks so much louder than any written word could ever aim to achieve. Hopefully one will never find himself in the same position as this young man, but the future can never be known no matter how hard we try. If not used as a lesson, this song can be listened to for enjoyment and enrichment of the soul. Take a step back for moment, just as the author urges, and look to the past and appreciate what it has given before it is lost to time forever.