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The Eagles (live) “I Can’t Tell You Why” Video

December 23, 2009

This simple but hauntingly emotional song reminds me of a slice of time years ago …. a meadow of grass under a sky filled with stars and moon …. leafs of maple trees and grasses waving softly with the summer’s night breeze …. and him.

About the song:

This song basically spells it out in the chorus: “Every time I try to walk away, something makes me turn around and stay, and I can’t tell you why.” It’s about a relationship on the rocks – the couple’s arguing intensifies almost to the point of them breaking up one night. The song has no real conclusion and leaves the listener with an intentional melancholy. This is because the couple in the song are neither reconciled or torn apart. The song fades out on this point of uncertainty. (thanks, Josh – Magnolia, AR)

Eagles bass player Timothy B. Schmit, who replaced Randy Meisner in 1977, sang lead and was the primary songwriter.

Glenn Frey played lead guitar on this song, which was rare at the time since Don Felder or Joe Walsh usually played lead, relegating Frey to rhythm.

In an interview with Bob Costas, Frey said that this and “One Of These Nights” were the 2 Eagles songs he helped write that he would put into a time capsule to represent the Eagles best work.

This was the first song the Eagles completed for The Long Run. They finished the song in March, 1978, but the album took about 19 months to complete and wasn’t released until September, 1979. It was the Eagles last studio album until they re-formed in 1994.

Jimmy Buffett sang background vocals and David Sanborn’s saxophone is also heard. (thanks, Christine – Chicago, IL)

From Songfacts.com

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