Gone for a Run

Glenn Frey, The Eagles, “The Long Run”, 1979, The Very Best of The Eagles

-They had the idea for six to seven years, and it was a difficult and long album



The Long Run

By Eagles

I used to hurry a lot, I used to worry a lot
I used to stay out till the break of day
Oh, that didn’t get it, it was high time I quit it
I just couldn’t carry on that way

Oh, I did some damage
I know it’s true
Didn’t know I was so lonely
Till I found you

You can go the distance
We’ll find out in the long run
(In the long run)
We can handle some resistance
If our love is a strong one
(Is a strong one)

People talkin’ about us
They got nothin’ else to do
When it all comes down
We will still come through

In the long run
Ooh, I want to tell you
It’s a long run

You know I don’t understand
Why you don’t teach yourself better
Do the crazy things that you do
‘Cause all the debutantes in Houston, baby
Couldn’t hold a candle to you

Did you do it for love?
Did you do it for money?
Did you do it for spite?
Did you think you had to, honey?

Who is gonna make it?
We’ll find out in the long run
(In the long run)
I know we can take it
If our love is a strong one
(Is a strong one)

Well, we’re scared
But we ain’t shakin’
We’re kind of bent
But we ain’t breakin’

In the long run
Oh, I want to tell you
It’s a long run
In the long run, in the long run

Gonna find out, ooh find out
Long, long, long, long
Long, long, long, long
Ooh, run, run, run, baby
Run, run, baby

Long, long, long, long

I never sat down and listened to the Eagles before (not counting the times my dad turns the volume up on the radio when one of their songs comes on). I’ve heard plenty of their songs but never knew which was ones were The Eagles or another band. My dad, on the other hand, always made sure I knew when they were on the radio. Most of the time I remember waiting “patiently” for the singing to begin while all I would hear was drums and guitars playing. During this song, however, I found myself actually enjoying the introduction to the lyrics; it was a playful beat that didn’t feel like it was dragging. I also (well, I should say my dad) owns The Very Best of The Eagles album so when I found my musician and song, I looked for it in the album. There is a paragraph of comments by Glenn Frey and Don Henley about “The Long Run”. Come to find out, Glenn’s guitar rhythm in the beginning, which I was so fond of, was the foundation for the song.

I also really enjoyed the particular video I found; it was a recording of them playing it in 1979 (when the song was released) and I like how the camera shows the variety of instruments involved. It definitely drew my interest more than a video that has nothing but the same image the entire time. I almost felt like I was in the studio with them.

Apart from the instrumentation, the title is a good representation of what the song is about. During the time they wrote the song, there was “too much pressure, too much worry…everything was pulling apart – and we were writing about longevity,” Songwriter Don Henley said. This song can be taken many ways: a message to critics, each other, etc. However, there is a long run we all have to go down sometimes in our lives. The Eagles captured this moment both figuratively and literally. The lyrics and especially the music captures the moment as well and makes the “long” part of the run not so long. If I ever have to run a few miles I’d choose this song to keep me going. Then…after four minutes the song would end but hopefully the beat and energy would stay.


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