Eagles: ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’

Eagles - Peaceful Easy Feeling
Left: Youtube Screenshot / Right: Asylum Records
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A San Diego singer-songwriter named Jack Tempchin wrote this song sometime around 1969. One night after a club gig in nearby El Centro, he waited around trying to hook up with a waitress, but she left and never came back. With no ride home, he crashed on the floor of the club, but couldn’t sleep. To kill the time, he grabbed his guitar and started composing this song, writing lyrics on the back of one of his flyers.

He finished the song in stages, and made his way to Los Angeles, where he hung out at the Troubadour along with Glenn Frey, Jackson Browne, J.D. Souther and various other up-and-comers in the West Coast music scene. He was staying with Browne one day when Frey came over and heard Tempchin playing the song. Tempchin made a cassette recording for Frey, who came back the next day with a demo he had worked up with his band that had been backing Linda Ronstadt – the band that would soon become the Eagles.

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Eagles performing "Take It Easy".
Youtube Screenshot – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

“Peaceful Easy Feeling” was included on the Eagles debut album and released as the third single. Tempchin went on to write “Already Gone” for the Eagles and helped Frey write his solo hit “You Belong To The City.” The flyer Tempchin used to start writing the lyrics is now in the Grammy Museum.

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Lyrics to “Peaceful Easy Feeling”

I like the way sparkling earrings lay

Against your skin so brown

And I want to sleep with you in the desert night

With a million stars all around

I got a peaceful easy feelin’

And I know you won’t let me down

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‘Cause I’m already standin’

On the ground

And I found out a long time ago

What a woman can do to your soul

Aw but she can’t take you any way

You don’t already know how to go

I got a peaceful easy feelin’

And I know you won’t let me down

‘Cause I’m already standin’

On the ground

I get this feelin’ I may know you

As a lover and a friend

This voice keeps whisperin’ in my other ear

Tells me I may never see you again

I get a peaceful easy feelin’

And I know you won’t let me down

‘Cause I’m already standin’

Yes I’m already standin’

Yes I’m already standin’

On the ground

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