"Desperado" as written by and Don Henley Glenn Frey....
Desperado,why don't you come to your senses
You been out ridin' fences for so long now
Oh, you're a hard one
I know that you got your reasons
These things that are pleasin' you
Can hurt you somehow

Don't you draw the Queen of Diamonds, boy
She'll beat you if she's able
You know the Queen of Hearts is always your best bet

Now, it seems to me some fine things
Have been laid upon your table,
But you only want the ones that you can't get

Desperado, oh, you ain't gettin' no younger
Your pain and your hunger, they're drivin' you home

And freedom, oh freedom, well that's just some people talkin'
Your prison is walking through this world all alone

Don't your feet get cold in the winter time?
The sky won't snow and the sun won't shine
It's hard to tell the night time from the day
You're losin' all your highs and lows;
Ain't it funny how the feeling goes away?

Desperado, why don't you come to your senses?
Come down from your fences; open the gate
It may be rainin', but there's a rainbow above you
You better let somebody love you, before it's too late

Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

"Desperado" as written by Don Henley Glenn Frey

Lyrics © Cass County Music / Wisteria Music / Privet Music, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group, Red Cloud Music

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  • +12
    General CommentIt's funny that everyone looks at this song (well, most people)as a song about a relationship. I don't think it necessarily has to be about a relationship but rather I see it as a comment on a person's general attitude towards life. Like one friend talking to another or an older person to a younger, giving them their observations about that person's behavior. The friend is trying to warn the person that if you live your life "on the fence", never committing to anything - whether that's a relationship, a family, a job, etc - you will never know true joy. While you may shield yourself from pain, by not getting 'involved', you are also not allowing yourself to experience happiness. In order to know happiness, you have to know pain ("you're losing all your highs and lows, ain't it funny how the feeling goes away?"). That is the result of a life lived with no strings attached. And how free are you really? You aren't - you think you are, but you're actually a prisoner of your own making. You built the walls, put up the cage, and threw away the key. So that's why at the end he says freedom is just some people talkin and that you should come down from your fence and open the gate. Get into life - live it. I could learn a thing or two from my own words here. I guess that's why I like the song.
    richgirl90on December 21, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThe "Desparado" is a freespirit who is afraid to love. Amazing song!
    SomeGirl_Jadziaon August 26, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General Commentyeah i think its about like, loving the wrong woman. The Queen of Diamonds is like, the woman who uses the man for money but the queen of hearts is the woman who truly loves the man. But the desperado is in love with the woman of diamonds. Sad song, but its great
    egut521on September 05, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI think this is a song about a man who won't grow up, a man who wants all the wrong things. He's immersed himself in the materialistic, quick pleasures of life. The expense of this is that no one can get too close. Like so many young men, he clings to the idea of freedom, afraid of giving his independence to someone who could abuse him. Afraid to open his heart to the possibility of breaking.
    God, I love this song.
    While Clint Black (?) mastered this song on Common Thread, it could never measure up to the original. Henley is in a class of his own.

    You can't have-a de mango!
    mango1560on April 28, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General Comment"don't you draw the queen of diamonds boy, she'll beat you if she's able, you know the Queen of hearts is always your best bet" - i think this means that he must win her over with emotions and feelings,rather than material gifts.
    turtonhoton April 29, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is about a woman ( or a man ) who is afraid to let herself fall in love and let herself be loved. In the first verse it says "i know that you got your reasons"...referring to reasons why she won't let herself be in love, maybe because she was hurt before...that is her reason. Then there is this one person (the singer) who is in love with her whom she keeps overlooking, waiting for something better or perhaps she can't see through the "rain" (her previous pain) that this person(the singer) is waiting to love her. If she would "come down from your fences", or let go of her insecurities and let herself go, then maybe she will see the rainbow through the clouds and let herself be loved.
    blakeraeon March 07, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTo me it is metaphorical. Desperado must choose a path in life. The things that are pleasing (drugs) or a bad habit, hurt somehow. If you live for money, and draw the Queen of Diamonds (she'll beat you), so remember that the Queen of Hearts (love) is your friend. Drop the psychological walls that protect your bruised ego. Let somebody love you, before it's too late, for your soul. -Cadgbd
    karmacaton December 29, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is such a beatiful song. Henley's singing in this song is probably one of the greatest ever recorded.

    I heard he won't let the Eagles play this song unless he is there to sing it.
    Muzzyon March 06, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song's about me :)
    I think that the song is about a young man whose standards are too high. a lot of ladies he's met could be his, but he either thinks he can't get with them or there's something about them that's not quite perfect. so he always chases the women he can't have (married, higher up on the popularity ladder, etc.)
    Augthailon November 09, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthad to post it up here cuz of my name awesome song i think its about i guy with too high a standards or he just wants girls that are totally outta his league
    Desperdo892on November 17, 2004   Link

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