Desperado (song)

Desperado (song)
Song by Eagles from the album Desperado
Released April 17, 1973
Recorded Early 1973
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:33
Label Asylum
Writer Glenn Frey and Don Henley
Producer Glyn Johns
Desperado track listing
"Tequila Sunrise"
"Certain Kind of Fool"

"Desperado" is a soft rock song by the Eagles, an American rock band, written by group members Glenn Frey and Don Henley. It first appeared on the 1973 album Desperado, and has later appeared on numerous compilation albums although it was not a single.

William Ruhlmann of Allmusic described the song as one of the band's best, saying that it showed the strength of Henley's and Frey's co-writing, but also called it a "painfully slow ballad."[1]

In television

The eighth-season Seinfeld episode "The Checks" features the original Eagles version of the song prominently. It is mysteriously shown to have a profound and mesmerizing effect on Elaine Benes's current boyfriend Brett, who drops everything and listens in a trance-like state any time he hears it. Elaine's attempts to get him to pick a new tune ("Witchy Woman") for their coupling lifestyle or to share "Desperado" with her prove futile.

In the episode "Helen's Story" of the British series Accused a verse of the song is sung a capella by Helen's husband.

The bootcamp section of The X Factor U.S. 2011 featured a group performance of the song. Melanie Amaro performed the song during the show's second week of live performances.


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Desperado review". Allmusic. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 

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