Desperado Lyrics - Eagles

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Desperado, why don't you come to your senses
You've been out ridin' fences
for so long now
Ohh you're a hard one
I know that you've got your reasons
These things that are pleasin' you
Can hurt you somehow

Don't you draw the queen of diamonds boy
She'll beat you if she's able
You know the queen of hearts is always your best bet
Now it seems to me, some fine things
Have been laid upon your table
But you only want the ones
That you can't get

Ohhhh you ain't getting no younger
Your pain and your hunger,
They're driving you home
And freedom, ohh freedom.
Well that's just some people talking
Your prison is walking through this world all alone

Don't your feet get cold in the winter time?
The sky won't snow and the sun won't shine.
It's hard to tell the night time from the day
And you're losing all your highs and lows
ain't it funny how the feeling goes

Why don't you come to your senses?
come down from your fences, open the gate
It may be rainin', but there's a rainbow above you
You better let somebody love you
(let sombody love you)
You better let somebody love you...ohhh..
before it's too..oooo.. late

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My marriage has been shipwrecked. | Reviewer: Ghie Tautho | 6/11/13

I started playing this song during my stay at my brother's house. I usually sneaked to his room to grab the guitar and played the Desperado song in my room. My kids sang with me. That was the darkest moments in my life. My husband had abandoned us for a year over. Later this year, he returned without fully recovered yet, but I choose to give him another chance and stay with him until he survives on his weaknesses. He had been with different women, on drugs and some vices that could exactly broke my heart into pieces. God has been my refuge. I know I have no strength to change him, I have no solutions to help him with his problem but I was able to surrender him to our Creator.. the author of our love story. Recently, I played this song at work.. trying to look back, not to dwell on the past heartaches but by being grateful that I was able to wait on him patiently and was able to survive the hardships. Our marriage has been shipwrecked by his affairs, like some other relationships, we never escaped from being broken but we survived and had escaped from being destroyed. Someday, I know and I believe he would return to us completely healed and will become a brand new husband.

Desperado----- | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/5/13

Desperado is just about a man who has always been enjoying the life of a bachelor; partying, girls ... And thinking he doesn't need anyone. but those things cannot bring him true joy and it can't fill what he is missing in his life. A soulmate. And the song is warning that if he continues like this, he will be alone in the end, with nobody, just all alone in cold misery...

gay love | Reviewer: bobby | 4/13/13

Song written 40 years ago. Henley was friends with Elton John and used to call him "Desperado". Many gay terms in song: ridin' fences, a hard one, queens, and ones you can't get is cruisin' for sex. Then song goes into drug use - highs and lows etc - as an escape from reality. Concludes with advice: a monogamous relationship for a gay man is best (implying also best for straight people).

It is a song about a Desperado | Reviewer: Jonathon | 10/21/12

No really. It is from the album "Desperado", which is a concept album about outlaws in the Old West. In particular the Dalton gang. So the song really is about an outlaw. You can use it as an analogy, but the song is NOT about male menopause, drug addiction, etc...

A Dad with a Story | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/17/12

This song has resonated for a long time with me. My son was an addict for many years. This song is the story of an addict. Being an addict is not fun but it is very lonely. The rainbow is always above. Gays are gray and cold, always. I will give these lyrics to my son when he graduates from college this spring. He will understand and there will be nothing but hugs, not words. An amazing song!

My life is at a turning point (SR) | Reviewer: czan | 9/26/12

My life is at a turning point

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i want to help u. Im warren 29 year old guy.. lets go hang out or party with me and my friends here, i help u to recover all the pain u felt.. :) U are a victims of love and I also.. but with the help of my friends.. my life is change and no more heartaches inside..

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Superb song, brilliant lyrics, best of eagles | Reviewer: Welsh Tania | 12/30/11

Amazing song! My take on lyrics is simply this. Someone who has had their heart broken and is afraid to take another chance of having it broken again. Lyricist is saying 'don't sit on the fence fir the rest of your life - even if u get hurt again, get out there and try it again'. Love the lyrics, love the tune abd love the Eagles. Can't believe some peers of mine hv never heard of the song and (unbelievably) some have never even heard of the Eagles. Get a life!

A song that says it all | Reviewer: Emily | 12/1/11

Personally, I think the song tackles everything from relationship problems, isolation, fear, growing old, responsibilities, self esteem, depression, wanting what u can't have, and society in general. The bottom line is that loneliness is the message throughout the entire song. It says a lot in so little time that you can't help but play it more than once everytime u listen to it. " don't your feet get cold in the winter time, the sky won't snow and the sun won't shine. It's hard to tell the nighttime from the day". Wow.. Incredible song writing, one of the best of it's time. Rock On Eagles. Don Henley voice just puts this song exactly where it should be. Close to your heart.

To Cheyenne | Reviewer: Lisa | 11/29/11

Cheyenne, If you are reading this and need help - please let me know at I am a 54 year old mother and grandmother. My heart goes out to you. I hope things are going better for you.

THE SONG | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/26/11

This song is about a man who has left his wife but still hangs onto her because she allows it. He dates other women but still rides the fence about should he keep stringing the wife along (wife still has hope that he will come back) or should he commit to the one that has his body, mind, and soul. Either way, he needs to get off the fence and open the gate. Fear of chane is driving this man home to a life where he is emotionally and sexually unfullfilled. He will open the gate soon and come to his senses.

Cowboy | Reviewer: Dioxin Tribe | 12/3/10

I like this song when I feel lonely. But then it gets me to thinking about being married, which is worse!(I think Hardluvinman is missing what he can't do now and trying to rationalize having to drive around a mini-van . . . wish I had it all figured out:-)

Probably the best song ever written | Reviewer: Tinkerpuss | 3/25/10

This is a very special song.
Yes it describes me to a tee, but it also gives me a high when I think of the one girl who I sang it with. To see the Eagles perform this as their last song at the O2 in London last year was spine tingling stuff and oh so good. So thank you Don Henley for giving us this stunning song, thank you Nona for such good times. Thank you Lord for such a good life. Tinkerpuss xxxx

New name for my (ex)man | Reviewer: Kay | 2/23/10

I had loved this song for as long as I can remember. It was probably my favorite Eagles song. Not sure anymore because I keep hearing it wherever I go and it now causes me pain. Desperado is the new name I call the middle-aged man who recently broke up with me, he said he doesn't know why. He has chosen solitary life over shared life. I think after all the broken relationships he has had that solitude is more comfortable to him. This song is him, he is refusing to be loved because he has been maimed several times in his past relationships. My relationship counselor said he realized I could be the one for him so he had no choice but to dump me to protect himself from potential further hurt. I wasn't going to hurt him, ever. I've had it done to me and I could never do it to someone else. Anonymous' "Heart Touching Song" and Hardluvinman's "Mid-Life Crisis" reviews are dead on. There is NOTHING more priceless than love, it is the reason we were put on this earth. The thought of him going through his entire life without feeling loved... My Desperado will wake up someday, maybe it won't be until he's 80 and he realizes he's alone, and then he'll say "Kay was right." and it'll be too late. You better let somebody love you before it's too late.

Probably the best evangelical song ever written... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/12/10

Why don't you come to your senses?
come down from your fences, open the gate.
It may be rainin', but there's a rainbow above you.
You better let My Jesus love you.
(let My Jesus love you)
You better let My Jesus love you...ohhh..hooo
before it's too..oooo.. late.

My life is at a turning point. | Reviewer: SR | 11/7/09

I am a loney, broken person right now. I am getting ready to do something morally wrong and I very well may divorce my husband. I am so mad all the time for no reason. I just googled this word deperato because it is one of my favorite songs. I just wanted to say that this song describes me to a 't.' It always has. I have had muliple instances in my life where it has almost haunted me during trying times...I heard it after I almost hit a deer with my car. I heard it on my wedding day, when I am sad, etc. Always brightens up my day knowing that someone is watching over me. Help me now.

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