"Long Road Out of Eden" as written by and Don Henley Glenn Frey....
Moon shinin' down through the palms
Shadows movin' on the sand
Somebody whisperin' the twenty-third psalm
Dusty rifle in his tremblin' hands

Somebody tryin' just to stay alive
He got promises to keep
Over the ocean in America
Far away and fast asleep

Silent stars blinkin' in the blackness of an endless sky
Cold silver satellites, ghostly caravans passin' by
Galaxies unfoldin', new world's bein' born
Pilgrims and prodigals creepin' toward the dawn
And it's a long road out of Eden

Music blastin' from an SUV
On a bright and sunny day
Rollin' down the Interstate
In the good old USA

Havin' lunch at The Petroleum Club
Smokin' fine cigars and swappin' lives
He said, "Give me another slice of that barbecued brisket
Give me another piece of that pecan pie"

Freeways flickerin', cell phones chimin' a tune
We're ridin' to utopia, road map says we'll be arrivin' soon
Captains of the old order clingin' to the reins
Assurin' us these aches inside are only growin' pains
But it's a long road out of Eden

Back home, I was so certain the path was very clear
But now I have to wonder what are we doin' here'
I'm not countin' on tomorrow and I can't tell wrong from right
But I'd give anythin' to be there in your arms tonight

Weavin' down the American highway
Through the litter and the wreckage and the cultural junk
Bloated with entitlement, loaded on propaganda
Now we're drivin' dazed and drunk

Been down the road to Damascus, the road to Mandalay
Met the ghost of Caesar on the Appian way
He said, "It's hard to stop this bingein' once you get a taste
But the road to empire is a bloody stupid waste"

Behold the bitten apple, the power of the tools
But all the knowledge in the world is of no use to fools
And it's a long road out of Eden

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"Long Road out of Eden" as written by Don Henley Glenn Frey

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    General CommentOkay, this song has nothing to do with eden...please read a book! Eden was supposedly placed in the fertal crescent between the tigris and the euprhatis rivers....IRAQ! This song is a protest song to the war of Iraq.

    The 23rd psalm excerpt: "He maketh me to lie down in green [1] pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake".

    This psalm is intrinsically related to funerals. I think the rest of the song is pretty literal and needs to explanation other than just READ IT! Listen!

    Long road out of eden ~ Long road out of IRAQ. Its about pulling the troops out.

    The song ends with a march cadence on the drums...repeating and repeating....

    Powerful song, wonderful song.
    coderegoon June 03, 2008   Link
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    General Commentcoderego...
    There's no reason that the song can't be about Iraq on one level (the very obvious level such as "dusty rifle in his trembling hands"; undoubtedly there is an element of protest against the Iraq war, and the opening of the song also alludes to this) and the metaphorical Eden of the western world on another level.
    You've expressed your opinion as though it is an indisputable fact, a habit that is frowned upon here.
    Also, to state that "this song has nothing to do with eden" and to then use the supposed geographical location of Eden to relate it to Iraq is somewhat contradictory; if the song had nothing to do with eden, then surely the geographical location of eden would be irrelevant?
    siulumon June 23, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI think that Eden is "the garden" full of "flowers" (socialites). I think there's a link between Eden and Hotel California -- a place you cannot leave, even if you try. However, leaving Eden seems possible, but requires a lifetime of experience. Unfortunately, leaving means you're alone: the instruments quitting one by one until t's just a marching snare, which too gives up until it's nothing but a desert wind.
    Promethon August 30, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is amazing. I didn't realize they had a new album out, but I heard it today when I was driving to school. I love the rhythm.
    I think that the song's talking about how society is changing, and that maybe it's not for the best. Eden clearly refers to the Garden of Eden, so my interpretation is that since Adam and Eve were said to have been banished from the Garden, we've drifted even farther away from the Garden.
    This is just what I think.
    It's an amazing song.
    killerkommotionon February 20, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"Bloated with entitlement" makes me think that perhaps we treat the world that we live in like a new Garden of Eden, where we shouldn't have to work for anything and everything should be handed down to us from on high. People expect to be able to take and take without giving something back, and it's a long road out of this garden-of-eden-like way of thinking, to a place where people are ready to "toil and sweat to bring food from the ground" as Adam and Eve were made to upon expulsion from Eden in the Old Testament.

    "Behold the bitten apple, the power of the tools
    But all the knowledge in the world is of no use to fools
    And it's a long road out of Eden"
    suggests to me that we glory in the power that we have obtained by "eating the forbidden fruit" (perhaps a metaphor for gain through morally dubious means, for example war) but that this is nothing but foolish pride in power that we do little to deserve. We've bitten the apple and created our new Eden, and it doesn't look like we'll be leaving any time soon.
    siulumon May 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentEden is the place of innocence - and we're on the road out; we've left innocence behind. Historically, Eden is the fertile crescent, the land between the rivers - and Iraq is part of that. But I don't see the song as being specifically about leaving Iraq; that's just the latest thing we've involved ourselves in on the road to leaving our "innocence" behind; innocence being "not guilty".
    mobettaon September 05, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningAgree with Codereqo. Wonder if former Vice President Dick Chaney and former Secretary of Defense,
    Donald Rumsfeld listened to these words and caught their meaning. Sweet to be in the Petroleum Club in the good old USA. Not so good to have a dusty rifle in your hands in the former Garden of Eden, now called Iraq. This must have been written at least 4 years ago and of course no end in sight. Long road out of Eden for the US forces. Dick and Donald should have read relevant bits of the Bible, plus Seven Pillars of Wisdom by Lawrence of Arabia before attacking them Weapons of Mass Destruction they had positively identified on satellite pics. So sad, this mistake. No doubt Saddam was a bad guy, but the invasion to liberate people and await flowers from the welcoming oppressed, as did indeed happen in France 1945 was a bad plan.
    Coulteron March 27, 2011   Link
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    General CommentLONG ROAD OUT OF EDEN RELOCATED is an allegorical interpretation of this EAGLES masterpiece. It contains references to 'the petroleum club' which is masonic decoy. It's located here: catsociety.nl/esa/… (in Dutch) - eVa
    evasurgaon July 05, 2011   Link

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