Eagles ( The ) - TAKE IT EASY

First performance: 16/03/2004


Coverinfo

Bruce covered the song 4 times :  
 
2004-03-16 - BEACON THEATRE, NEW YORK CITY, NY (Jackson Browne)
Twenty-four hours after inducting him into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, Bruce joins Jackson Browne onstage. Bruce Springsteen played electric guitar during this song and sang back-up vocals.
 
Played during a guest appearance at a Jackson Browne concert. Bruce Springsteen played electric guitar during this song and shared lead vocals with Browne. 
 
An acoustic "Take It Easy", with Soozie on violin, is played as a tribute to Glenn Frey, founding member of the Eagles who died on January 18, aged 67. 
 
2017-09-21 - PNC BANK ARTS CENTER, HOLMDEL, NJ (Laid Back Festival) (Little Steven, Jackson Browne)
Bruce attends the Laid Back Festival, where Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul and Jackson Browne perform. He joins Browne for "Take It Easy" and "Our Lady Of The Well"
 
 
 

Songinfo

"Take It Easy" is a song written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey, and recorded by the Eagles with Frey singing lead vocals. It was the band's first single, released on May 1, 1972. It also was the opening track on the band's debut album Eagles and it has become one of their signature songs, included on all of their live and compilation albums. Jackson Browne originally began writing "Take It Easy" in 1971 for his own eponymous debut album but was having difficulty finishing the song. His friend and then-neighbor Glenn Frey had heard an early version and later asked Browne about it. Jackson Browne later recorded the song as the lead track on his second album, For Everyman (1973), and released it as a single as well, although it did not chart. In their early live performances, the Eagles start with an a cappella version of a verse from "Silver Dagger" that begins with "My daddy is a handsome devil..." as an intro to "Take It Easy". 
 
 
 

Other cover versions

  • Travis Tritt also covered the song for the 1993 Eagles' tribute album Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles; the video for Tritt's version is notable for the appearance of all five members of the Eagles together the first time in 13 years after their break-up, and it led to the reunion of the band a few months later.
  • Roch Voisine

Bruce on the artist

 
Bruce Springsteen Pay Tribute to Glenn Frey With ‘Take It Easy’ Cover
 
 
 

Lyrics

Well I'm a-running down the road trying to loosen my load
I've got seven women on my mind
Four that want to own me, two that want to stone me
One says she's a friend of mine

Take it easy, take it easy
Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy
Lighten up while you still can
Don't even try to understand
Just find a place to make your stand and take it easy

Well I'm a-standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona
With such a fine sight to see
It's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford
Slowing down to take a look at me

Come on baby, don't say maybe
I've got to know if your sweet love is gonna save me
We may lose and we may win
But we will never be here again
So open up I'm climbing in, so take it easy

I'm a-running down the road trying to loosen my load
Got a world of trouble on my mind
Looking for a lover who won't blow my cover
She's so hard to find

Take it easy, take it easy
Don't let the sound of your own wheels make you crazy
Come on baby, don't say maybe
I've got to know if your sweet love is gonna save me

Oh we got it easy
We oughta take it easy