Johnny Rodriguez performs “Desperado” Live at Church Street Station 1988.

The song reached the number # 5 of the charts of US Hot Country Songs. The charts of Canadian RPM Country Tracks, reached the number # 2.

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Desperado:

Desperado, song written by Glenn Frey and Don Henley, members of the rock band eagles, who released the song for the first time, in April 1973. Johnny Rodriguez recorded it for the Mercury label, on July 1, 1976, at U.S. Recording Studio, 12 Music Circle Sq., Nashville, TN. With the production of Jerry Kennedy, the single was released in January 1977, on March 12, 1977, reached the number # 5 of the charts of US Hot Country Songs. The charts of Canadian RPM Country Tracks, reached the number # two.

Lp cover Johnny Rodriguez ( Mercury 1976 )
Lp cover Johnny Rodriguez ( Mercury 1976 )

The song was included in Johnny’s eighth studio album, Reflecting (Mercury 1976), the album was released on September 15, 1976, on November 27, 1976, reached # 11 on the charts of US Top Country Albums, and stayed 20 weeks on the list.

Story behind the song:

Don Henley started writing parts of this in the late 1960s, but it was not organized into a song until his composition partner, Glenn Frey, appeared. It was the first of many songs that Henley and Frey wrote together.
Henley explained in the notes to The Very Best of the Eagles: “Glenn came over to write one day, and I showed him this unfinished melody that he had sustained for so many years.” I said, “When I play and sing, I think of Ray Charles, Ray Charles and Stephen Foster, it’s really a Gothic thing from the south, but we can make it more Western. “ Glenn jumped to the right, filled in the blanks and brought the structure. And that was the beginning of our association songwriting: that’s when we became a team. “This song is about a cowboy who refuses to fall in love, but could also be a young man who discovers guitars, joins The stress of being a rock star is a recurring theme in the music of the Eagles (for example, “Life In The Fast Lane”). The general theme is how you should suffer for your art .

Single Eagles ( Asylum 1973 )
Single Eagles ( Asylum 1973 )

Some versions:
Eagles 1973 (Asylum Records)
Linda Ronstadt 1973 (Asylum Records)
Susan Raye 1975 (Capitol)
Carpenters 1975 (A & M Records)
The Jess Roden Band 1976 (Island records)
Kenny Rogers 1977 (United Artists Records)
Billie Jo Spears 1981 (Liberty)
Lee Conway 1981 (Rebel Australia)
Chris Ledoux 1982 (American Cowboy Songs)
Johnny Cash 2002 (American)
And many more …………….

Johnny Rodriguez – Desperado Lyrics

[Chorus]
Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses?
You been out riding fences for so long now
Oh you’re a hard one, and I know that you got your reasons
But these things that are pleasing you can hurt you somehow

[Verse 1]
Don’t you draw the queen of diamonds, boy
She’ll beat you if she’s able, or 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

[Chorus]
Desperado, woah, you ain’t gettin’ no younger
All your pain and your hunger, they’re drivin’ you home
And freedom, oh freedom, well that’s just some people talkin’
‘Cause your prison is walking through this world all alone

[Verse 2]
And 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 loosing all your highs and lows
Ain’t it funny how the feeling just goes away?

[Chorus]
Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses?
Come on down from your fences and open the gate
It may be raining, but there’s a rainbow up above you
You better let somebody love you (Let somebody love you)
Oh you better let somebody love you, before it’s too late

Single Johnny Rodriguez ( Mercury 1977 )
Single Johnny Rodriguez ( Mercury 1977 )

Miquel Batlle
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