“In the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Let’s Rock!”
An elderly couple, Rose and Jim, moved to Hamilton, Texas. Jim had always wanted a pair of authentic cowboy boots, and when he saw that a store was having a big sale on them, he bought a pair and wore them home.
Walking proudly, he sauntered into the kitchen and asked his wife, “Notice anything different about me?”
Rose gave him a quick once over and replied, “Nope.”
Frustrated, Jim stormed off into the bathroom, undressed and walked back into the kitchen, this time completely naked except for his new pair of boots. A little louder this time he asked, “Notice anything different NOW?”
Rose looked up and replied, “Jim, what’s different? It’s hanging down today, it was hanging down yesterday, and it’ll be hanging down tomorrow!!”
Furious now, he yelled, “AND DO YOU KNOW WHY IT’S HANGING DOWN, ROSE?”
“No,” she replied. “But I’m sure you’re going to tell me…”
“It’s hanging down, because it’s looking at my new boots!!”
This song is about unscrupulous news people doing anything for a story. Henley values his privacy, and hates it when reporters pry into his personal life. He had to deal with increased press attention when his girlfriend, Maren Jensen, came down with Epstein-Barr Syndrome. She recovered, but they broke up soon after.
Danny Kortchmar, who played on definitive albums by James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and Jackson Browne, wrote this song with Henley. Kortchmar (sometimes listed on the credits with his nickname “Kootch”) is a key contributor to Henley’s solo work. In our interview with Kortchmar, he explained that Henley had the title and the idea for the lyrics, and the track came together when Danny came up with a riff on his Farfisa organ. Said Kortchmar: “One night I set it up, ran it into an Echoplex and started banging out that part that you hear on the record. I was up into the wee hours banging away on this thing. That’s when I recorded it, and when I played it for Don the next day, I said, ‘I think this is ‘Dirty Laundry.” He said, ‘Yeah, that’s it. Record it and let’s go.'”
There are some very interesting guitar contributions on this song: Danny Kortchmar played the basic parts, Joe Walsh did the first guitar solo, and Steve Lukather did the second solo. According to Lukather, who is a member of the band Toto, he did his solo in one take and it’s one of his favorites.
In November of 1980, Henley was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and possession of marijuana, cocaine, and Quaaludes after paramedics treated a 16-year-old girl suffering from drug intoxication at his Los Angeles home. This incident was a big influence on the song.
The lyrics make fun of news anchors who are more concerned with their looks than accurately reporting the news. Many local news stations have at least one “bubble headed bleach blond.” The folks who work behind the scenes in local news are usually well aware of the superficial and vapid product they create, and many stations have used this song on their TV station blooper reels. Before YouTube, these local news bloopers lived on tapes tucked away in the dark corners of newsrooms.
This was Henley’s first Top 40 hit as a solo artist, but it wasn’t his first single. “Johnny Can’t Read,” which peaked at #42, was released first.
“Actually, I do not have complaints about where I live. Evidently, these people do not have a problem with where they live either. Like the old Chicken/Egg question, I wonder which came first, the train or the people?
Don’t go and lose any sleep worrying about these people. You will notice they are Non-White and Not-American.
That makes them PINO Biden & The Gang’s Number One Priority.
obama will demand that PINO Biden fill that train with pallets containing MILLIONS of dollars.
Why not, it worked for obama in Iran.
You may even recognize some of these very people moving right next door to you. Remember, Government housing with ‘Of Color Distribution’ is also at the top of the obama/PINO Biden agenda.
Oh, you are not worried because you own your land?
You also own your GUNS, right?
Think About It.”
It’s Karma, really !
Joe is a busy little swamp toady.
Take this for what it is worth.
This is not about Kamala.
You can color everyone Black, Brown, Red, Yellow, or other.
The Same Editor: What is the difference, LL ?
Not Me Cat: After money, difference makes the world go around. I couldn’t find the origin, but here are others just as interesting.
The differences between male and female are pretty simple, for an open minded person. Their bodies are designed for different things. Liberals try to undermine nature, family, and social norms. Trans-anyone competing against females is just an attempt to destroy women. Here are some results of boys in high school competing against women in the Olympics.
It isn’t even close-that’s the difference. Any male that would compete against a female in a sanctioned event already has personal problems. Here are two great tennis players, one is probably the best female tennis player in history, they couldn’t come close to beating the 203rd best male pro-player.
Texas is trying.
Guess Alica’s sex and win a virtual trip to the Olympics.
Embryos protest Google.
Chuck, Joe, and Nancy-what a thruple.
Here is Tommy playing a Democrat–the truth doesn’t make any difference.
The difference is Liberals want to ram their failed policies into you.
Jack Cassidy made a good villain. Trump should have had Colombo as head of the FBI, and Jack as Attorney General.