“Tequila Sunrise” … By The Eagles

Music | November 25, 2018

Desperado Album Cover

Tequila Sunrise Cocktail

It is probably safe to say that most of the adult, civilized world recognizes “tequila sunrise” as an alcoholic beverage. The ingredients in a tequila sunrise cocktail consist of tequila, orange juice and grenadine. The combination of the aforementioned ingredients, because of their different densities, blend together to make “bands” of color which resemble the likeness of a sky at sunrise… hence, the name.  

Others may know Tequila Sunrise to be a movie starring Kurt Russell and Mel Gibson.

Many of us also recognize, “Tequila Sunrise,” as the name of a Hollywood movie or... even more so as a hit song by, The Eagles. Back in the day, The Eagles, much like the tequila sunrise cocktail, were on a mission to separate themselves… not from each other but rather from the “norm.” The groovy era was a time of non-conformity and daring to stand out! This groovy group gave us countless songs that still resonate in our memories today and are epically reminiscent of days gone by.

The back story of “Tequila Sunrise” is about an average guy who drank tequila all night, until the sun came up, to give him courage… also referred to as, liquid courage. The Eagles often referred to tequila as liquid courage, necessary to talk to women. As it turns out, “Take Another Shot of Courage,” was a verse in the epic song that had a very personal connotation for the group…. Not that they needed any help!

The Eagles American group Eagles perform live on stage at on the 'Pop Gala' TV show, Voorburg, Netherlands, 10th March 1973. Left to right: Randy Meisner, Don Felder, Glenn Frey and Bernie Leadon. (Photo Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)

The Eagles were a pop culture phenomenon during the ’60s & ’70s (and beyond). They were epically talented and considered, by some, almost “untouchable.”

The Eagles were an iconic group of talented musicians that contributed to both American music history as well as pop culture in the groovy era. “Tequila Sunrise,” is just one of the many songs the group contributed to music history. 

Glenn Frey and Don Henley were the geniuses behind the iconic lyrics and guitar chords of the song, “Tequila Sunrise.”

“Tequila Sunrise” was written in 1973 by Don Henley and Glenn Frey. The Eagles recorded this epic song, making it their first single from their 2nd album, Desperado. The song reached No. 64 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. “Tequila Sunrise” didn’t need to be No. 1 to go down in American music history. That being said, this song from our youth will live on… and even with generations to come; it was just that awesome!

“Tequila Sunrise” is said to be one of Glenn Frey’s all-time favorite songs. He is reported as saying that, “Tequila Sunrise’ was written fairly quickly and I don’t think there’s a single chord out of place.”

Not that you have forgotten, but below are the lyrics to this classic and groovy song. Close your eyes and reminisce…

It's another tequila sunrise
Starin' slowly 'cross the sky
Said goodbye
He was just a hired hand
Workin' on the dreams he planned to try
The days go by
Ev'ry night when the sun goes down
Just another lonely boy in town
And she's out runnin' 'round
She wasn't just another woman
And I couldn't keep from comin' on
It's been so long
Oh and it's a hollow feelin'
When it comes down to dealin' friends
It never ends
Take another shot of courage
Wonder why the right words never come
You just get numb
It's another tequila sunrise
This old world still looks the same
Another frame

Tags: 1973 | Song Meanings, Lyrics, And Facts | Tequila Sunrise | The 1970s | The Eagles

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Rebeka Knott


Rebeka grew up in the 1960’s & 1970’s and has always subscribed to the theory that a positive attitude will take you far! She is a wife and mother of 3 with a fun-loving spirit, believing that family and relationships are invaluable.