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Glenn Frey Smuggler's Blues Lyrics

Last updated: 03/04/2014 01:05:54 PM

There's trouble on the streets tonight,
I can feel it in my bones.
I had a premonition,
That he should not go alone.
I knew the gun was loaded,
But I didn't think he'd kill.
Everything exploded,
And the blood began to spill.
So baby, here's your ticket,
Put the suitcase in your hand.
Here's a little money now,
Do it just the way we planned.
You be cool for twenty hours
And I'll pay you twenty grand.
I'm sorry it went down like this,
And someone had to lose,
It's the nature of the business,
It's the smuggler's blues.
Smuggler's Blues

The sailors and pilots,
The soldiers and the law,
The pay offs and the rip offs,
And the things nobody saw.
No matter if it's heroin, cocaine, or hash,
You've got to carry weapons
Cause you always carry cash.
There's lots of shady characters,
Lots of dirty deals.
Ev'ry name's an alias
In case somebody squeals.
It's the lure of easy money,
It's gotta very strong appeal.

Perhaps you'd understand it better
Standin' in my shoes,
It's the ultimate enticement,
It's the smuggler's blues,
Smuggler's blues.

See it in the headlines,
You hear it ev'ry day.
They say they're gonna stop it,
But it doesn't go away.
They move it through Miami, sell it in L.A.,
They hide it up in Telluride,
I mean it's here to stay.
It's propping up the governments in Colombia and Peru,
You ask any D.E.A. man,
He'll say There's nothin' we can do,
From the office of the President,
Right down to me and you, me and you.

It's a losing proposition,
But one you can't refuse.
It's the politics of contraband,
It's the smuggler's blues,
Smuggler's blues.

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Strange but true | Reviewer: Michael | 3/3/14

I've never used drugs or had anything to do with them but I ended up in jail on a drug trafficking charge and sat 36 days awaiting an evidential hearing at which time the charges were dropped. Turns out a man by the name of Mitchel {same last name} was supposed to be arrested on the warrant and the cops that picked me up obviously couldn't read.

Anyway, all this happened at the time this song came out and Miami Vice was played on the TV set at the jail. I was so depressed over this, I never watched the show but I could hear it and this song as it echoed off the steel walls and into my cell.

This sound is etched in my mind, the song is burned deeply into my memory. Despite wasting away in a cell for something I did not do, I really liked the song. Now, 20 some odd years later, I love it as well as "You Belong To The City".

I had the Smugglers Blues and wasn't even a smuggler !!

State of Affairs | Reviewer: Gino Suarez | 11/22/10

I can totally relate to this song from every angle and words. A former south american police detective. When this song first came out in the mid-80s I enjoyed its tune and lyrics as well as the Miami Vice show - mainly because of the irony of it all. It's all True. Reality is stranger than fiction. It's a classic ! unfortunately things have not changed since that time...!

Enduring truth in 'Smuggler's Blues' | Reviewer: Christopher | 9/22/09

Who knew that when Glenn Frey penned this song back in 1984/5 that it would describe the state of the War on Drugs for the next 25 years. Besides being a good catchy tune in its own right, Frey proved to be a clairvoyant regarding the futility of the War on Drugs. I grew up in Miami and remember when DJ "Cox on the Radio" locked himself in the studio one day and played "Smuggler's Blues" non-stop for almost 24 hours because it was "the truth". Hard to imagine the song would endure for quarter of a century. They'll probably still be playing it in another 25 years.

Great Miami Vice Theme Song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/26/09

I first heard "Smuggler's Blues" on Miami Vice, where it was the featured theme song in an episode where Glenn Frey plays a pilot who keeps a C47 in mint condition and smuggles Crockett and Tubbs into Colombia. I have liked it ever since. The song perfectly characterizes the multiple dilemmas faced by those in the drug trade, from simple couriers or mules, to the politicos and kingpins. To my taste, it is Frey's best song, or at least as good as "You belong to the City", and theme song for Crockett during a New York investigation.