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  • 11 Years Ago siulum
  • General Comment:
    Actually, reading the lyrics again, it could be an analogy for for anyone who wants to be famous and recognized for whatever reason, but then gets there and realizes it's not everything they thought it was going to be.
  • 14 Years Ago hairychester
  • General Comment:
    In "Desperado" they mix the reference of the outlaw with the musicians being the modern day outlaws.

    This song is about how the "guy" became an outlaw (or how he became a guitar player). Written by Meisner. The interpretation was mentioned by Glenn Frey during the BBC 73 concert.
  • 13 Years Ago TheDannie
  • General Comment:
    This song is about a guitar, the kid saw it and wanted it, its about how he worked his way up to be so good that everyone wanted to be like him, so he had to run from the fans, at first he liked it, but in the end he couldnt get out of it
  • 11 Years Ago darksiderollerchick
  • General Comment:
    i think this is about discovering the difference between popularity and respect.
  • 11 Years Ago limo
  • General Comment:
    Are you sure it's a guitar? I can understand with all the dance and sing stuff but the album is about outlaws...
    "And then one day he felt if,
    He knew he could stand with the best"
    He knows he is a good enough shooter to join a gang

    "They got respect, oh yeah,
    He wants the same, oh yeah,
    And it's a certain kind of fool who
    Like to hear the sound of his own name"
    These guitar criminals got respect and that is all he wanted. He wants people to whisper about him.

    "A poster on a storefront, the picture of a wanted man
    He had a reputation spreading like fire throughout the land
    It wasn't for the money, at least it didn't star t that way
    It wasn't for the runnin' , but now he's runnin' everyday"
    Now this is where I KNOW he is a criminal...

    The Daltons (the base for the entire Desperado album) were a criminal gang made up of the Dalton brothers. Emmett Dalton was the youngest and I think a lot of the songs on Desperado are about him; I think he IS 'Desperado' and I think this song is about how he looks up to his brothers and wants the respect they got. He joined his brothers for the respect and the excitement (It wasn't for the money) but he started to like the money (at least it didn't start that way), things changed and he realised he is in deep sh*t (it wasn't for the runnin', but now he's runnin' every day).
  • 11 Years Ago siulum
  • General Comment:
    The way I see it, the story of the kid getting a gun, learning to use it and then ending up on the run can be interpreted as an analogy for a person who wants to learn the guitar and make it big in a band and then finds out that it's not the extravagant 24-hour party lifestyle that he expected, and ends up running from the all the attention. And that, for me, is what's really clever about this song.
  • 6 Years Ago BeautyUntamed
  • My Interpretation:
    This song is basically a double-entendre. It's deliberately written so that it could either be about a gun-fighter or about a guitarist. In fact, most of the album is awesome in that all the songs use cowboy imagery, but most of the songs don't necessarily have anything to do with cowboys. Desperado uses an outlaw as a metaphor for a man unable to commit to a woman. Out of Control could be simply about a boys night out, but it uses the imagery of a gang coming off the trail.
  • 5 Months Ago fra281139
  • General Comment:
    "It's a certain kind of fool who likes to hear the sound of his own name". In the modern days of dime-store pathology, it sounds like this is about narcissism. It sounds like this person is always trying to make an impression on people for the sake of approval or admiration, then they run away, and shirk their responsibilities. They start over again and the cycle just repeats itself until they have that one moment of awakening where they realise they're a rolling stone, and their loneliness has been self-inflicted.
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