Drawing hope for the world from the Eagles
© by Barbara Anderson

The Salem News
Thursday, January 28, 2016


“I turn on the tube and what do I see, a whole lotta people cryin’ ‘Don’t blame me,’

Point their crooked little fingers at everybody else, spend all their time feelin’ sorry for themselves...

Victim of this, victim of that... all this whinin’ and cryin’ and pitchin’ a fit, Get over it, get over it...

You don’t want to work, you want to live like a king but the big, bad world doesn’t owe you a thing

Get over it. Get over it.

You’re makin’ the most of your losin’ streak, some call it sick, but I call it weak

You drag it around like a ball and chain; you wallow in the guilt, you wallow in the pain



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You wave it like a flag, you wear it like a crown, got your mind in the gutter, bringin’ everybody down

Complain about the present and blame it on the past; I’d like to find your inner child and kick its little a**.”

“Get Over It” — Written by Glenn Frey and Don Henley for Eagles’ “Hell Freezes Over” tour, 1994

After last week’s column laying out my positions on domestic issues, in the hope that some presidential candidate would run on them, I planned to set forth my solutions to international issues. It didn’t take me long to realize I have no idea what to do about the Middle East, Africa, Russia and China and North Korea; even Europe needs more help than I could offer it.

But I think this effort was useful to me. As I looked for ideas coming from the candidates, I didn’t find much that made sense. “Send troops to another war. Carpet-bomb. Play Snoopy and the Red Baron with Russia in a no-fly zone. Just kill ISIS (somehow). Get other Muslim countries to lead (somehow). Bring Syrian refugees here. More understanding of the root causes of war. Whatever.”

Now I’m looking for the candidate who honestly admits that he/she doesn’t know what to do either, who says: “The world is a mess. The United States is no longer strong enough or sure enough to fix it. Elect me and we’ll figure it out together while we strengthen America, using Barbara’s suggestions (see The Salem News, Jan. 21).”


Eagles, L-R: Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Don Felder

I do like a proposal for a kind of Marshall Plan for Syria, getting everyone involved to share the cost of keeping refugees safe and comfortable somewhere in the Middle East, until Assad dies, ISIS has been defeated, and they can go back home. As they wait, they can be taught how to run a free country, so they can thrive the way the original Marshall Plan recipients did.

There, that takes care of that. So I can pause now to mourn the passing of Glenn Frey, who with Don Henley wrote my favorite rock and roll piece, excerpts above. Since it isn’t as well-known as some of the Eagles’ hits, I wanted to make sure you hadn’t missed these still-timely lyrics.

For those who weren’t Eagles fans and might not know: the band, popular mostly in the ’70s, broke up in 1980 with one member insisting the group wouldn’t get together again “until hell freezes over.”

In 1994 the title of their new album and road tour was “Hell Freezes Over” and along with playing their old hits “Desperado,” “Hotel California,” “Life in the Fast Lane,” etc., two of the songwriters, Henley and Frey, collaborated again; their first new track was “Get Over It.”

As the story goes, Henley, who had a solid interim career as a solo writer and singer, was fed up with people (like TV talk show guests) “whinin’” and blaming others for their failures. He and Frey were working on a new piece, and a guitar opening moved Henley to create lyrics expressing his disgust.

I wasn’t originally an Eagles fan, was living in Greece when the band formed and then with a husband who listened mostly to Johnny Rivers; I knew the Eagles’ hit singles, but didn’t notice the band itself until I met Chip Ford, who had their albums. Then I learned about Don Henley’s founding of the Walden Woods Project here in Massachusetts.

In the “History of the Eagles” television documentary, Henley talks about the influence of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau on his thinking. That’s where my thinking started too! Seeing him support Democrat candidates, I suspect his thinking didn’t broaden past this early libertarian influence into other issues, but add his concern about Walden to his unique voice and writing talent, and I’m a fan.


The Eagles, 2007 "Long Road Out of Eden" tour
L-R: Timothy B. Schmit, Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh

Glenn Frey was an original part of the Eagles’ magic; I’ve been contemplating his passing at age 67, just a few years younger than I. As I watched Showtime’s “The History of the Eagles” while trying to compose a column about saving America, I had a hopeful thought I want to share with you.

I’ve written about this before, about the Golden Age in which I grew up: America saving the world from the Nazis as I was in my cradle, from communism in my formative years, children making the Pledge of Allegiance each day in school, flags hanging from porches on Memorial Day. The best rock ‘n’ roll, that multi-generations still enjoy. Medical and environmental advances.

Then things started to fall apart — just as with the Eagles, fighting among themselves, losing themselves never to return until hell freezes over. But it did. Guitarist Joe Walsh overcame drug and alcohol addiction to find happiness in sobriety. A rule was made, no drugs or alcohol when being the Eagles, who are now honored as artists not just by our own generation, but those that have followed.

If the Eagles can win the war on drugs, learn to get along, triumph over adversity, America can too!

Rest in peace, Glenn Frey, and thank you, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, and Don Felder for creating the favorite music of my life.

Barbara Anderson of Marblehead is a weekly columnist for the Salem News and Eagle-Tribune Publishing Company.

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