The Boys Of Summer

“Kennedy was president and everybody thought it was Camelot, but look at what we did. We raised all that hell in the Sixties, and then what did we come up with in the Seventies? Nixon and Reagan. The country reverted right back into the hands it was in before. I don’t think we changed a damn thing, frankly. That’s what the last verse of “The Boys of Summer” was about. I think our intentions were good, but the way we went about it was ridiculous. We thought we could change things by protesting and making firebombs and growing our hair long and wearing funny clothes. But we didn’t follow through. After all our marching and shouting and screaming didn’t work, we withdrew and became yuppies and got into the Me Decade.”

Don Henley (571)

“[Explaining the “Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac” lyric – Ed] I was driving down the San Diego freeway and got passed by a $21,000 Cadillac Seville, the status symbol of the Right-wing upper-middle-class American bourgeoisie – all the guys with the blue blazers with the crests and the grey pants – and there was this Grateful Dead ‘Deadhead’ bumper sticker on it!”

Don Henley (572)

Praying For Rain

“Is a song about drought and climate change, disguised, sung about from the point of view of a poor, humble farmer. He talks about how things have changed.”

Don Henley (32)

No, Thank You

“My tribute to the late, great Buck Owens who was one of my favorite country artists. He was also born in Texas [Henley was born in Cass County, Texas – Ed].”

Don Henley (32)