"Tequila Sunrise" as written by and Don Henley Glenn Frey....
It's another tequila sunrise
Starin' slowly 'cross the sky said goodbye
He was just a hired hand
Workin' on the dreams he planned to try
The days go by

Ev'ry night when the sun goes down
Just another lonely boy in town
And she's out runnin' 'round

She wasn't just another woman
And I couldn't keep from comin' on
It's been so long
Oh and it's a hollow feelin' when
It comes down to dealin' friends
It never ends

Take another shot of courage
Wonder why the right words never come
You just get numb
It's another tequila sunrise,this old world
Still looks the same,
Another frame, mmm


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"Tequila Sunrise" as written by Don Henley Glenn Frey

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  • +6
    General Commentthe title has always had me wondering. i think it can mean one of two things. one - that he's been out drinking all night, so he sees the sunrise through the haze of tequila... or it could be referring to tequila's golden color, in comparison to the gold of a country sunrise. i'd really like to believe it's both.

    as with most eagles songs, this tells a story...
    the first part is in third person, but he is talking about himself. ["he was just a hired hand..."]

    he fell in love with a girl who had a reputation for sleeping around. ["ev'ry night when the sun goes down/ just another lonely boy in town/ and she's out runnin' 'round"]

    he wants to believe she's changed, but i think he finds she's been with friends of his. ["it's a hollow feelin' when it comes down to dealin' friends/ it never ends."]

    so he worked up the nerve to talk to her about it, and loses it, can't say it, and loses her. so he forces himself to remain numb (in part due to alcohol, i believe heh), and the last lines are just saying that no matter what, it's just one part of this huge puzzle of life. life does go on. "this old world still looks the same/ another frame". (another frame, like a part of a movie.)
    sapphireskieson August 22, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think this song is about a guy who is in love with this girl but she doesn't really want to settle down and she is out with another guy every night. So he is just drinking to try and solve his problems but he just can't seem to make them go away.
    JustlikeBeckhamon August 14, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSome of you are close. The man is a hired hand on the ranch that she lives on. He's fallen in love with her, without her knowing and she considers them friends. Many men are hurt by woman that they are attracted to that consider them only friends.
    The songwriter alludes to the woman being "special", probably the ranch owners daughter, when he says "she wasn't just another woman...."
    The songwriter is a friend of the shy hired hand and feels bad for making his move on the woman that his friend obviously loves, but he was lonely, and this woman was special enough for him to make the move regardless of his friend's feelings. Throughout the song, Tequilla is a theme, I suspect for all three people involved.
    tinydncron August 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgeez, that is a really good question. I love this song and listen to it damn near everyday but never really thought what the words mean...I would have to think that it is about a troubled relationship (lyrics remind me of lyin eyes). I think that the guy and the girl are both cheatin on each other though. And that their relationship is going nowhere and they dont know how to tell each other they had enough. Just a quick guess.
    Tbone732on July 22, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell my take is this......

    " Ev'ry night when the sun goes down
    Just another lonely boy in town
    And she's out runnin' 'round "

    This is about a guy who is drinking by himself, and he sees the sun rise without the girl he was in love with in the past. He is sitting by himself finding no one, and she is out finding everyone.

    " It's been so long" and "this old world
    still looks the same,
    Another frame, mm..."

    loved his past with that girl, misses it, now all he has are pictures, tequilla ( the courage to go on )
    ksmooth27on May 02, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentim living it. very hard for me. when i hear this song im reminded of the fact that i have to respect the boundry line's. unwritten rule. waiting for my love to call me when she needs me. feelin lonely waiting for her to call me same old routin, everyday. im in love with a woman whos married. i tasted loveand im sad cuz i cant have her.
    when in an enviroment where friends dissaprove of a married woman with a married man its a hollow feeling when you have to hide your true feelings
    from everyone
    when you talk to the one you love and cant speak to her or show her the affection she deserves you just feel empty .so i go home and feel the pain. so i drink and cant sleep ,i go outside and watch the beautiful sunrise come up ,which reminds me of how beautifuls the woman i cant be with is.
    cry cry cry .......
    sweetkungfumasteron June 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMost likely (though neither Henley or Frey have ever fully explained this song) this song is about cheating with your buddy's girlfriend.

    As Don Henley and Glenn Frey are each known for their ability as lyricists, it is highly unlikely that the speaker of the song is referring to himself in third person and then switching part way into first person. They do not do this elsewhere in their music and it is improbable that they did it here. It is far more likely that there are three people in this song: the friend, the speaker, and the girl.

    The speaker starts out in reminiscence of the night before, which is later echoed at the end of the song. He then moves on to describe his friend who was following his dreams and how at night he's alone because "she's out runnin' 'round."

    In American English, you tend to only use the phrase "out running around" in reference to others when they are out doing something they are not supposed to be doing. If you were to say that your wife was "runnin' 'round" on you, that would imply she is cheating.

    Enter the speaker. After seeing his buddy's girlfriend out by herself, he feels she is special and finds her too irresistible as he hasn't had any personal time with a woman in some time. He begins to feel a guilt ridden "hollow feeling" as he knows he is about to do something to his friendship he shouldn't do. He takes a "shot of courage" (alcohol) and feels nothing about what he's done (you just get numb).

    Finally, something's changed (his relationship with his friend and the girl) but the "world still looks the same" and it just keeps going (another frame).
    Relicon June 12, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:confused: I'm not exactly sure what its supposed to be about. I just can't quite figure this one out! :mad:
    SomeGirl_Jadziaon August 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's about a hangover/drinking etc... think about it.. it's simple
    Komboon June 24, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOnce again love has failed him, and left only the hollowness and pain of being all alone.

    It's another tequila sunrise,this old world
    still looks the same,
    Another frame, mm...
    Gforce38on May 13, 2004   Link

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