The Eagles’ Take It Easy

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Folk Rock

The song “Take It Easy” was written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey. It was released initially as the opening track on The Eagles’ 1972 debut album, which was titled, not surprisingly, Eagles. The song was then released as a single later in 1972 backed with “Get You in the Mood.” “Take It Easy” went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, spending 11 weeks on the chart. It went on to become one of their (many) signature songs.

Glenn Frey was one of the founding members of the Eagles. They became one of the definitive 70s rock bands and helped to define a California rock sound. Group members of The Eagles for “Take it Easy” were Glenn Frey (vocals, guitars, slide guitar), Don Henley (vocals, drums), Bernie Leadon (vocals, guitars, banjo), and Randy Meisner (vocals, bass guitar).

A tidbit of trivia is that the city of Winslow, Arizona, which is mentioned in the second verse, has a life-size bronze statue and mural to commemorate the song at its Standin’ on the Corner Park. The statue is a male figure holding an acoustic guitar, standing next to a lamp post. The mural shows a storefront with a reflection of a red flatbed For pickup truck driven by a blonde female. The second floor of the storefront in the mural has an eagle perched in one window on the left and a man and woman embracing in the window on the left.

Standin' on the Corner in Winslow Arizona

Here are the lyrics to “Take It Easy” by The Eagles:

Well I’m a-runnin’ down the road, tryin’ to loosen my load
I’ve got seven women on my mind
Four that want to own me, two that want to stone me
One says she’s a friend of mine
Take it easy, take it easy
Don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy
Lighten up while you still can
Don’t even try to understand
Just find a place to make your stand, and take it easy

Well, I’m a-standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona
Such a fine sight to see
It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flat-bed Ford
Slowin’ down to take a look at me
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

Well, I’m a-runnin’ down the road tryin’ to loosen my load
Got a world of trouble on my mind
Lookin’ for a lover who won’t blow my cover, she’s so hard to find
Take it easy, take it easy
Don’t let the sound of your own wheels make you crazy
Come on baby, don’t say maybe
I gotta know if your sweet love is gonna save me

Oh, we got it easy
We outghta take it easy

For another song by The Eagles: “Witchy Woman.”

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