"Learn To Be Still" as written by Don Henley and Stanley Lynch....
It's just another day in paradise
As you stumble to your bed
You'd give anything to silence
Those voices ringing in your head
You thought you could find happiness
Just over that green hill
You thought you would be satisfied
But you never will-
Learn to be still

We are like sheep without a shepherd
We don't know how to be alone
So we wander 'round this desert
And wind up following the wrong gods home
But the flock cries out for another
And they keep answering that bell
And one more starry-eyed messiah
Meets a violent farewell-
Learn to be still
Learn to be still

Now the flowers in your garden
They don't smell so sweet
Maybe you've forgotten
The heaven lying at your feet

There are so many contradictions
In all these messages we send
(We keep asking)
How do I get out of here
Where do I fit in?
Though the world is torn and shaken
Even if your heart is breakin'
It's waiting for you to awaken
And someday you will-
Learn to be still
Learn to be still

You just keep on runnin'
Keep on runnin'


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"Learn to Be Still" as written by Don Henley, Stanley Lynch

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  • +6
    General CommentThe lord is your shepherd, not men - not yourself. Focus on spirituality..
    ifamericansknewdotorgon July 23, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is like one of my top three eagle songs but i can't decide what the others are and there are way to many to have a top 10 even. Something about the lyrics just attract my ears.
    Music_Ryderon January 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionLove this song. It is my belief the original reference comes from the bible, Christ told the waters to "be still". An analogy to life and being satisfied.
    My mom used to tell me that when I was young.
    Cavebullon April 09, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationEvery once in a while a song comes along that resontes deeply with who you are and where you're at in your life.
    This song captures the essence of tantra .
    The first stanza describes how we live in paradise ,yet we are tormented by the voices in our head ~ tantra recognizes that ego is the source of all misery.

    "learn to be still " is a refernce to meditation... learn to quiet your mind.

    The next stanza describes the dangers of attachment. The lyrics say we don't know how to be alone. We are afraid to be alone ... to know and love ourselves, so we cling to whatever fills that void - religion, sex ,media ,drugs .. they're all the wrong gods.



    "Now the flowers in your garden
    They don't smell so sweet
    Maybe you've forgotten
    The heaven lying at your feet"

    The sad realization that we all come to, life isn't as wonderful as we want it to be.
    and then... everything you need to feel the joy you are lacking, is in YOU.

    Henley ties it all togehter so beautifully in the last stanza,
    In your worst moments all you need is to open your heart - to awaken
    and to learn to be still.

    This song is a gift of love , and hopefully it does awaken people to what is right in front of them.
    thc34on October 19, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the Eagles are one of the Greatest classic bands around. My dad got me into them actually, and I think they're pretty cool.
    zacsteron September 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbrilliant.
    yellowstaron October 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favorite Eagles song-- as far as I get it.. it's about someone who is never satisfied with her own surroundings, no matter how good the conditions may be-- someone who is never satisfied. Reminds me of myself, actually.
    Buddha of Suburbiaon October 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about more than just the girl...they use her as an example of people in general, not being satified with their lives...That we all can relate to her story and we can all relate to the questions that we ask....this is a heavenly song that reminds us to stop and realize the things that we have around us...bc although she is in paradise, where most about think of happiness and perfection, but she still has the same things going on in her head....we should "learn to be still" and listen to ourselves and answer the questions for ourselves instead of finding just another "messiah" to flock too...

    Reminds me of Sheryl Crow's song, Soak Up the Sun when she says:
    "Its not having what we want, but wanting what we have"

    You don't have to be in paradise to find "How do I get out of here? Where do I fit in?", but rather we need to "learn to be still" and listen to ourselves!
    ray ray8on January 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationTotally contradicting the last comment, I think this song is trying to tell us that we should learn to stand on our own two feet again. Being whole as a person, not relying on a(nother) made up messiah, but instead trusting that we ourselves are important. I think this song is about how people don't appreciate what they have, and putting their wellbeing in the hands of whoever they call messiah, no matter who they think that is, and thus giving away responsibility over their lives, while blaming whatever it is they gave this responsibility to for everything that's wrong in their lives.
    Musician1971on June 07, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI don't know that this song is intentionally religious. I think the plain language is about people who always think the "grass is greener," either because of the relationship they're in, the place they live, their job, or some other thing they aren't satisfied with. I know from personal experience this type of attitude is a bad habit that is difficult to unlearn. There's always going to be something unsatisfying in a relationship, a job, or in the place you live in. Once you're old enough to actually look in the mirror and be honest with yourself, you start to discover that much of the problem is you. That is why a new relationship, job, or city never solves the problem. This song is about looking in the mirror, changing yourself and your attitude, being thankful for what you have and counting your blessings.
    Grhon December 22, 2013   Link

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