- Life's Been Good
Name = Life's Been Good
from Album =
But Seriously Folks
B-side = "Theme from Boat Weirdos"
12 August 1978
Format = 7'
Recorded = Early 1978
Genre = Rock
Length = 8:56 (Album version)
4:41 (Single version)
Label = Asylum
Joe Walsh& Bill Szymczyk
Chart position = #12 (US)
Last single = "
Rocky Mountain Way"
This single = "Life's Been Good"
Next single = "All Night Long"
(1980)"Life's Been Good" is a 1978 track by
Joe Walsh, which first appeared on the soundtrack to the film "FM". It was released as a single and appeared on Walsh's album " But Seriously Folks". It peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, remaining his biggest solo hit. In it, he satirically reflects on the rockstar lifestyle ("My Maseratidoes 185 / I lost my license, now I don't drive"). Antics of all rockers of the era are reflected, such as the nod to Keith Moonand others: "I live in hotels/Tear out the walls." The 1979 " Rolling Stone Record Guide" called it "riotous", and " [maybe] the most important statement on rock stardom anyone has made in the late Seventies."
"Life's Been Good" has a notable style: a mid-tempo,
reggae-like groove marked by bedrock guitar riffs, synthesizers, a Jew's Harp, and a confused delivery. Walsh's ARP Odysseysynthesizer (and Jew's harp) riff accompanies the guitar soloin the middle of the song. The outro-solois longer than most radio stations allow. Bill Szymczykand Jody Boyer perform the backing vocals. This song uses a call-and-response pattern.:"Call: Joe Walsh: "Lucky I'm sane after all I've been through":"Response: Bill Szymczyk: "Everybody say, 'I'm cool'":"Response: Jody Boyer: "He's cool"
At the end of the song, (cannot be heard on the radio version) there is a clip of an inside joke stating "uh-oh, here comes a flock of waa waas", recorded from inside the studio. After the music has faded away into silence, there's a 12-second gap before the inside joke. That inside joke would also be included at the end of Disc One of The Eagles' box set, "Selected Works: 1972-2000".
Made after Walsh had joined
The Eagles, "Life's Been Good" was incorporated into that group's concert repertoire, appearing in shows at the time as well as reunion tours. It remains a staple of classic rockradio playlists.
During live shows, Joe Walsh is known to change lyrics, such as 'Lock the doors in case I'm attacked' to 'Lock the doors and watch the
War in Iraq!' to 'I watch the Lakers, they suck without Shaq!' and, more recently, 'Lock the doors, and vote for Barack.'
* The Mansion mentioned in the first verse is at the top of Hartley Hill in "
Saxtons River, Vt".
* The song was featured on the soundtrack of "
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back".
* A modified version of this song was sung at the end of the funeral service of Uncle Moe in the "
Duckman" episode "Love! Anger! Kvetching!"
* This song was used at the end of
Kenneth Bowser's documentary " Easy Riders, Raging Bulls".
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