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Tequila Sunrise

by awbvious

Cover of The Eagles, all vocals and instrumentation by awbvious, a Californian who has had his spirit here since 1979.
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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1. Tequila Sunrise
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“Tequila Sunrise” was the fifth song on, and the fifth song I tried recording from, “The Very Best of The Eagles.” It is also, apparently, the name of an actual drink. I always just thought “it’s another tequila sunrise” was “it’s another day to wake up and get drunk.” According to Wikipedia (yes, I realize this is a quotation of a quotation that itself has a quotation):

“In the liner notes of 2003's The Very Best Of, Henley had this to say about the song:

“‘I believe that was a Glenn title. I think he was ambivalent about it because he thought that it was a bit too obvious or too much of a cliché because of the drink that was so popular then. I said, “No-Look at it from a different point of view. You've been drinking straight tequila all night and the sun is coming up!” It turned out to be a really great song.’”

So, apparently, I got both entendres wrong. Although, I guess, when I listen to the song, I also sometimes think of it being the end of the day, someone holding a glass of tequila, and looking out of a window at the sun going down. The only thing I never really thought about was someone drinking tequila all night long until the morning. Probably because I’d assume one would pass out before drinking for 12 hours straight.

I’m not entirely sure who’s drinking in this song, is it the woman, the “hired hand?” Is the speaker of this song either of these people? “She’s out runnin’ ‘round” but the speaker “couldn’t keep from comin’ on”—so, is the speaker the one she’s runnin’ ‘round with? Is the “hired hand” the “friend” he’s “dealin’” (a raw hand)? I’m very confused by a lot of the lyrics. Sometimes, it kind of gets mixed in with the woman from “Lyin’ Eyes” who also seems to like drinking and staring at the sky, which is probably why I think it might be the woman, though clearly it is not. As for the speaker being the “hired hand,” it would mean the speaker was first talking about himself in the third-person and then slipping into first-person, but I guess that’s excusable with either the rationale of a) he’s drunk or b) it’s a pop song and it’s unlikely Glenn/Henley were reaching for their “Strunk & White” for help while they wrote it.

“He was just a hired hand.” “She wasn’t just another woman.” “They took the midnight train going…” Wait, sorry. Different song.

As for production, this song was really easy. And, as usual, those are generally my favorite. Chords were simple and easy, and I’d sung it a million times before, so that helped. I did the whole thing in about 3 hours on 2/14.



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