This is the prototypical rock song. Catchy, upbeat and melodic, with sing-a-long lyrics that have surprising depth. I have played this song way too many times, but somehow someway it maintains its integrity. This performance is also stellar, and you bet your bottom dollar that if I was at that show in 1977 I would be clapping my hands off, grooving out with the best of them.
This song was actually written by Jackson Browne, but Glenn Frey heard him playing it and the two agreed that he should finish it, complimenting Browne’s more sombre verses with Frey’s uplifting ones. It’s this combination that lends the song it’s unique lyrical tone that is both deep and uplifting.