The Eagles Band Inspired - Take It Easy T-Shirt

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“Take It Easy” by The Eagles is one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. It's kindof a big deal. It also has an interesting origin in our opinion. Prepare yourself for some nerdy and fun facts about The Eagles and the making behind "Take it Easy" because it's amazing. 

So, apparently, before Jackson Browne was part of The Eagles he started writing "Take It Easy," but didn’t know how to finish it. Ok, not such an uncommon occurrence. However, luckily at the time he was living in Los Angeles, and his upstairs neighbor just so happened to be Glenn Frey of The Eagles.

Frey says that he learned a lot about songwriting by listening to Browne work while he lived above him. In fact, he loved "Take It Easy" and asked Brown to played what he had so far. When Brown got to the second verse, Frey suggested adding: “It’s a girl, my lord, in a flatbed Ford, slowing down to take a look at me.”

Browne enjoyed the lyric, as it reminded him of the original incident in Flagstaff that inpired the story. At the Der Wienerschnitzel (now the Dog Haus) located at the corner of East Rte. 66 and Switzer Canyon, Browne recalled a girl cruise by him in a Toyota pickup. He remembered because she apparently eyeballed him - in the good way. Later in the day, Browne's van broke down in Winslow (Frey would later revise Browne's lyrics to reflect the details of this story). 

So, the two connected and enjoyed one another. So, Browne eventually turned the song over to Frey, who finished writing it and recorded it with The Eagles. As it turned out, Frey thought the song was so good that the band used it as the first song on their first album, and also their first single. Also, to this day, Frey stressed that is was Browne's song that that he was very generous in sharing the writing credit.

the biggest change to Browne's original was Frey’s adjustment to stretch out the “E” in “Easy.” This is arguable one of the catchiest parts of the whole thing. 

Oh, a few more nerdy factoids for you because we love the amazing collaboration behind this iconic song that launched The Eagles into the iconic band as we know them today...

Bass player Randy Meisner sings the harmony vocal in the beginning of this verse with Frey, but drummer Don Henley is singing harmony at the end of the verse, "though we will never be here again." Bernie Leadon provides the lead guitar and distinctive banjo parts, as well as harmony vocals. However, the track’s producer Glyn Johns is notes, "I got Bernie to play double-time banjo; they all thought it was a bonkers idea but it worked. It was already a great song, but that one little thing made it different.”


FOR FUNSIES, here are the lyrics for you:

Well I’m a-runnin’ down the road try’n to loosen my load
I’ve got seven women on my mind
Four that want to own me, two that want to stone me
One says she’s a friend of mine
Take it easy, take it easy
Don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy
Lighten up while you still can
Don’t even try to understand
Just find a place to make your stand, and take it easy

Well, I’m a standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona
Such a fine sight to see
It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flat-bed Ford
Slowin’ down to take a look at me
Come on, baby, don’t say maybe
I gotta know if your sweet love is gonna save me
We may lose and we may win, though we will never be here again
So open up I’m climbin’ in, so take it easy

Well, I’m a runnin’ down the road tryin’ to loosen my load
Got a world of trouble on my mind
Lookin’ for a lover who won’t blow my cover, she’s so hard to find
Take it easy, take it easy
Don’t let the sound of your own wheels make you crazy
Come on baby, don’t say maybe
I gotta know if your sweet love is gonna save me

Oh, we got it easy
We outghta take it easy

This T-shirt is soft, lightweight and offers just the right amount of stretch. It's also comfortable and flattering for both men and women.

Specs & Sizing

This T-shirt is soft and lightweight, with just the right amount of stretch. It's comfortable and flattering for both men and women.

• 100% combed and ring-spun cotton (heather colors contain polyester)

• "Ash" color (heathered) is 99% combed and ring-spun cotton, 1% polyester

• Heather colors are 52% combed and ring-spun cotton, 48% polyester

• "Athletic" + "Black Heather" are 90% combed and ring-spun cotton, 10% polyester

• Heather Prism colors are 99% combed and ring-spun cotton, 1% polyester

• DGT printed for max longevity + pre-shrunk fabric (FYI: Wash inside out with care for MAXIMUM retention)

• Side-seamed construction

• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping

Length 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
Width 16 1/2 18 20 22 24 26 28 30