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Eagles Life In The Fast Lane Lyrics

Last updated: 08/16/2013 08:40:22 AM

He was a hard-headed man
He was brutally handsome, and she was terminally pretty
She held him up, and he held her for ransom in the heart
of the cold, cold city
He had a nasty reputation as a cruel dude
They said he was ruthless, they said he was crude
They had one thing in common, they were good in bed
She'd say, "Faster, faster. The lights are turnin' red."

Life in the fast lane, Surely makes you lose your mind,
Life in the fast lane, Huh
Are you with me so far?

Eager for action and hot for the game
The coming attraction, the drop of a name
They knew all the right people, they took all the right pills
They threw outrageous parties, they paid heavenly bills.
There were lines on the mirror, lines on her face
She pretended not to notice, she was caught up in the race
Out every evening, until it was light
He was too tired to make it, she was too tired to fight about it

Life in the fast lane, Surely makes you lose your mind
Life in the fast lane, Huh
Life in the fast lane, Everything all the time
Life in the fast lane, Huh

Blowin' and burnin', blinded by thirst
They didn't see the stop sign, took a turn for the worst.
She said, "Listen, baby. You can hear the engine ring. We've been up and down this highway, haven't seen a goddamn thing."
He said, "Call the doctor. I think I'm gonna crash."
"The doctor says he's comin', but you gotta pay him in cash."
They went rushin' down that freeway, messed around and got lost
They didn't care they were just dyin' to get off
And it was life in the fast lane, Surely makes you lose your mind
Life in the fast lane, Huh
Life in the fast lane, Everything all the time
Life in the fast lane, Huh

Life in the fast lane
Life in the fast lane

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Life In The Too Fast Lane | Reviewer: King Ghidora | 5/4/09

The Eagles, more than any other prominent band, seemed to get it that sex, drugs, and rock and roll was a great line but it was also an attitude that took a great toll on the generation of the 60's and 70's. They did a great job of capturing the emptiness of the lives of the perpetual party crowd (which still exists and is still being hurt by this attitude). Record companies actually encouraged this sort of attitude because it gave the dead beat drug users of the world hope that they could become rich and famous without really trying and without giving up their drugs. It was a sick way of cashing in on people's empty and often shortened lifestyles. Every junkie in the world wanted what the rock stars had. Mountains of cocaine, bales of marijuana and all the girls you wanted just for playing rock. Never mind that most of those people had trouble playing the radio, they all wanted to be able to say, "see you can get ahead by being a head".

The even more poignant "Hotel California" exposed the empty lives of the generation that lived the "California Dreamin'" dream. Particularly the people who moved to California in the early 60's found out that "Life In The Fast Lane" was also the fast lane to the grave for too many. Many of the early California immigrants moved out of the cities by the 70's and became the back to the earth types with their tree hugging and their organic farms had their impact on later generations and eventually on the culture as a whole. But the Eagles understood that once you adopted that lifestyle there was no turning back for most. "You can check out any time you like but you can never leave", is probably the most cut to the chase line of all of the rock era. You can die but you can't give up your lifestyle. That's what they thought anyway. In fact many did go back to a more normal life and became stock brokers and bankers. Many of those people held on to their druggie ways though and the Wall Street junkie became a cliche later on.

The Eagles have captured the hopelessness and emptiness of what was supposed to be the wave of the future in this song and Hotel California. It's sad because the songs are too true for many. But there are ways out of that lifestyle for those willing to give it all up and see it for the empty self-indulgence that has damaged so many so badly. Many have to come to grips with the fact that their own promotion of that lifestyle resulted in destroyed lives for others. It's not easy to forgive yourself sometimes. That alone keeps many locked in Hotel California whether they are physically in that state or just mentally in that state of mind.