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Eagles: Life in the Fast Lane Meaning

Song Released: 1977

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He was a hard-headed man
He was brutally handsome, and she was terminally pretty
She held him up, and he held her for ransom in the heart
of the cold, cold city
He had a nasty reputation as a cruel dude
They said he was ruthless, they...


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    Aug 27th, 8:36am report

    It wasn't meth. Definitely Coke. Supposedly the song was also written with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks in mind, they broke up after success and she fell in love Joe Walsh. They didn't do "meth" back then like it is now. Just look to her interviews and books. She was deep into cocaine. Same as Don Henley.


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    Apr 30th, 2017 4:48am report

    I believe I heard an interview once that joe Walsh, said it came to him when he was on coke heading to vasgas in a drug dealers corvette and they were doing like 160 m/h. If I remember correctly he said it was a brand new white corvette and they were loaded.


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    Jul 5th, 2013 7:19pm report

    This is one of several songs where the lyrics are talking about a particular drug. Methamphetamine or speed. Joe Walsh has written several songs about this drug, Funk 49 when he was with the James Gang is about speed. There are more I can't think of them off hand right now. Just listen to the lyrics next time and if you have had any experience with that drug it will make perfect sense.
    The doctor says he coming but you gotta pay him cash
    We went rushing down that freeway,turned around and got lost, we didn't care we were just dying to get off and it was
    Life in the fast lane
    surely make you lose your mind
    --everything all the time---
    After the first bit he even asks "Are you with me so far?" Letting you know this ain't a song about a guy and girl who have a lot of sex as one submitter put it.


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    Jun 25th, 2011 6:11pm report

    It's about a mean ruthless dude and a beautiful woman that have(one thing in common they were good in bed) which is having sex.

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