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Dirty Laundry song meanings
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    General Commentthis song is so amazing. It nails the news situation in America perfectly and it came out WHEN??
    The phrase Kick when they are up/ down means.. When someone is a hero.. you do everything to bring them down... when they are down you STILL keep after them you beat them up more and humiliate them more..
    It's pathetic and whats more disgusting is how easy the people (Lemmings) still follow the news and swallow what the news people do...
    CaniusSwisson December 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOne of those classic pop songs that just get more relevant and affecting every passing year,what with the world collapsing around us: economies circle the crapper, enviromental disasters of biblical proportions, wars and rumors of & the general feeling of despair no one dares bring up but which seems apparent everywhere you LOOK, etc. etc. ETC.
    Crap still reigns supreme

    I can't think of another tune in fact that so elequently expresses utter disgust with the failure of Fourth Estate & what its been reduced to, a coporate dirge of tabloid trash, celebrity worship & general mind control, contributing leaps & bounds to the de-evolution of the human race. Course, the stink of *rot* is eye-wateringly palpable from all quarters of society, but there is mommy MEDIA, everywhere at once to bring us each single second & angle of eye witness footage just to twist that knife in a little deeper still, fiddling while it all burns. I award Her special position in my heart as being the worst of a deplorable lot, if only for eximplifying the western world's perverse obsession with voyeurism & how it makes spectator-slaves of us all.

    ....Truly guys, we coulnd't do it without you

    Hungryforalynchinon June 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAt an obvious level this song is about tabloid journalism and TV news anchors (more accurately called "newsreaders" in the UK).

    At an only slightly less obvious level the song/rant expresses Henley's frustration with music critics, most of whom were very in favor of punk and underground music in the early 80's and viewed Henley, and everybody else from the dinosaur 70's bands, as washed up has-beens.

    Well Don showed them, didn't he? You know, all those mopey hits he scored in the 80's and the 90's -- the Boys of Summer, The Heart of the Matter, The End of the Innocence. Henley certainly showed endurance as a songwriter both with the Eagles and on his own. Any critic who wrote off Henley after the Long Run, well, they just needed to sit back, wait, and see who was going to make it ...... in the long run.
    roaddog73on September 30, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIt is so true about the news. It is all trash and gossip. The reporters are pretty and ditsy. There is no real news, just crap and "We all know that Crap is King"
    LAbabeon June 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentRight, Thats all this song is about is the worthless tabloids, shit like People Magazine and all that, that love to make someone look bad, and martyr them, just so they can sell that trash. Sad Really.
    gorefiston March 31, 2003   Link
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    General Commentit means taking cheap shots on people...hitting someone when there already down is an insult because they are basically defenseless. In this song it means taking cheap shots on someone in a gossip way when they are not there to defend themself or say their side of the story.
    enjoicocacolaon December 02, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYellow journalism will never die.
    Fluffyinsanityon December 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song by Don Henley, never knew the meaning till now. It's true the media loves to cover tragedies, because people are sick and twisted and that is what they want to see. If it's too hardcore for you, than watch the damn weather channel.
    Zeusofmusicon July 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentScrew being a celebrity when you have a song this good that makes common people understand the darker side of fame. Love the printing press noise!
    bkat004on August 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song came on Sirius the other day and with all this huge news reporting after the tragedy at Virginia Tech I feel this song fits that mold perfectly. These national news channels are looking for ratings and stories not to report on the situation. Its a very sad situation.
    JPiLL902on April 20, 2007   Link

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