"Take It To The Limit" as written by and Don Henley Glenn Frey....
All alone at the end of the evening
And the bright lights have faded to blue.
I was thinking 'bout a woman who might have loved me
I never knew.
You know I've always been a dreamer
Spent my life runnin' 'round

And it's so hard to change
Can't seem to settle down
But the dreams I've seen lately keep on turning out
And burning out and turning out the same.
So put me on a highway and show me a sign
And take it to the limit one more time.
You can spend all your time making money,
You can spend all your love making time.
If it all fell to pieces tomorrow
Would you still be mine?
And when you're looking for your freedom
Nobody seems to care
And you can't find the door
Can't find it anywhere
When there's nothing to believe in still you're coming back,
You're running back, you're coming back for more.
So put me on a highway and show me a sign
And take it to the limit one more time.

Take it to the limit, take it to the limit
Take it to the limit one more time

Take it to the limit, take it to the limit
Take it to the limit one more time

Take it to the limit, take it to the limit
Take it to the limit one more time

Take it to the limit, take it to the limit
Take it to the limit one more time

Take it to the limit, take it to the limit
Take it to the limit one more time

Take it to the limit, take it to the limit
Take it to the limit one more time

Take it to the limit, take it to the limit
Take it to the limit one more time


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"Take It to the Limit" as written by Don Henley Glenn Frey

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  • +3
    General CommentI can't say enough about this song. It is in my all time top three...I can't hear it enough.
    Lyric_rioton December 04, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's a great song, but the Etta James cover is superior. Take my word for it. The lyrics are phenomenal, in the sort of late-night road tripping style that is quintessential Eagles.
    ButtOfMalmseyon May 07, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have to disagree, I would say the song is more about finding the good thing in life and not letting false senses of freedom and money deter you from real love and precious time...

    More or less, value what you have and enjoy it while you can.
    A_Page06on July 01, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song is amazing its pretty complicated to get the full definition out of it but this is what i think it means take it to the limit( go for the girl one more time) but it also deals with i dont care how many times i get turned down i will always go for the girl because eventually their will be that one girl
    joe walsh ruleson June 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe cover of this track by Suzzy Boggus is also cool. I guess the meaning of this song is similar to that of "Desperado." Nothing is ever good enough.
    caricksteron May 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentenjoy life to the full. remain a free spirit?
    willardon October 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree completely with A Page06. it's about knowing what's important in life, holding onto it, and having the best time with it while you can. also, willard is right too by enjoying life to the full which also ties in with A Page06. you have to know what's best in life before enjoying life to the fullest. best song ever! eagles rock!
    take it 2 the limiton December 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is awesome, and highly underrated! c'mon people! its a classic!
    petachangon January 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe “Take it to the limit” lyric refers to living life to it’s fullest (e.g. knowing what is important and aiming towards that limit). And the other lyrics describe not doing that. The lyrics are a little confusing because of their different use of the word “you/you’re” in the line “would you still be mine” vs. its use in the next stanza that starts “And when you’re looking for your freedom”. The line “will you still be mine”, he’s actually talking to a significant other. In the next stanza, it is a generic “you”. Like when one says “you know when you close you’re eyes, it gets dark.”… Meaning – when anyone closes their eyes. So when he says “And when you’re looking for your freedom” – he’s talking about himself, and others in the same situation; and those who keep doing it don’t seem to better their situation – as they keep "coming back for more.”

    Heck – you could interpret this song as the author trying to find God – “nothing to believe in … [so] show me a sign [so I can] take it to the limit (live life to its fullest, perhaps with God).” But I don’t think it is specifically talking about God. It’s talking about finding what’s important (be it God, true love, meaningful work, or whatever). I could picture a charismatic preacher doing a sermon using this song as a basis.

    Of course we all know what happened when he finally did get on that highway and was shown the sign. As I recall, it was a dark desert highway… and the sign said “Hotel California.” Last I heard, even though he keeps checking out, they won’t let him leave. Must have chosen the wrong road.
    ttwivon September 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGlenn Frey's wife calls it, the credit card song
    MookieBomberon December 08, 2005   Link

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