Spent & Broken

The other day I was reminded of a saying that was etched into my brain about 43 years ago. It was a lyric from a song named Falling Down, found on Joe Walsh’s  1974,  “So What” album.

“Burning the candle at both ends,
twice the light in half the time”

Written by Joe Walsh and Don Henley, (of the Eagles)  featuring Dan Fogelberg and JD Souther on guitars and backup vocals.  If you never owned or listened to this record in its entirety, it’s never too late and worth the time.

Lyrics:

Makin’ no deposit, no return. Makin’ the same mistakes, we never learn All of the pain in those faces tryin’ not to show concern Spent and broken like a worn-out subway token In the city Hangin’ in the closet, wait in line When you go by the laws, you pay the fine I’m burnin’ the candle at both ends, twice the light in half the time Down to crawlin’, feel like fallin’

Oh, and yes, the rain doesn’t have to hurry in the city Falls sadly to the ground Rain doesn’t have to worry in the city, only way to fall is down Fallin’ down

But still you’re running in a race that can’t be won Aiming hard to fill the spaces when they’re gone In worn-out shoes with no laces, gettin’ too loose to stay on Back to crawlin’, feel like fallin’

Oh, and yes, the rain takes its time to fall in the city Falls sadly to the ground Rain kinda says it all in the city, only way to fall is down Fallin’ down, fallin’ down Fallin’ down, fallin’ down Fallin’ down (fallin’) fallin’ down (fallin’ down) (In the city) fallin’ down (fallin’ down) fallin’ down Fallin’ down (fallin’ down) fallin’ down (fallin’ down) Fallin’ down (fallin’ down) fallin’ down (to the ground, ground, fallin’ down) (In the city) fallin’ down (fallin’ down, down) fallin’ down (fallin’ down) Fallin’ down (fallin’ down to the ground, ground, fallin’ down) fallin’ down (In the city) fallin’ down (fallin’ down, down) fallin’ down Fallin’ down (Fallin’ down down to the ground, ground) fallin’ down (In the city) fallin’ down (fallin’ down) fallin’ down (fallin’ down)

 

  

 

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About Ray V.

Living in Aiken, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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5 Responses to Spent & Broken

  1. Claudia says:

    You are so much more a connoisseur than I. I did not appreciate rock music…any music…until I got older. I feel I am always playing catch up with artists of my past. That is why I enjoy reliving my music through your blog.

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  2. Claudia says:

    A funny thing about Joe Walsh. And a number of artists from the whatevers..70s, 80s. I am one who always loved the background music of a number of artists. When I think of Joe Walsh I think of that pop song My Maseratti does one-eighty-five”. I’m not always the sharpest tool in the shed, but this song, which I hated, was, to me, what Joe Walsh was all about. I’ve lately started to listen to “Deep Tracks” on Siris radio, and have heard a couple of Joe Walsh tracks that have blown me away. I’m sorry I didn’t follow him deeper when the radio took advantage of his music. I’ve found that true for a lot of artists lately.

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    • Ray V. says:

      The song you mention is “Life’s Been Good” there are some great songs and some silly, corny ones. He’s survived alcohol and drug abuse and is still recognized as one of the best guitarists of our generation. Thanks for checking in.

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  3. Live & Learn says:

    Love this line: ” twice the light in half the time Down to crawlin’, feel like fallin’”

    Like

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