♫ One Of These Nights ♫

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I haven’t played anything by the Eagles here recently.  I was planning to play my favourite, Desperado, but since I’ve already played that once, and since the Eagles have so many good ones to choose from, I decided to go with this one.

Released in 1975, this song was written by Glenn Frey and Don Henley, and was inspired by the soul music Frey was listening to when he started writing it on the piano. Artists like B.B. King and Al Green were a big influence on many songs on the album.

According to Frey …

“It’s like, puttin’ things off … Everybody I’m sure has said, ‘One of these nights I’m gonna…’ Gonna drive back to that restaurant an’ take that waitress in my arms, whatever. Find that girl, make that money, buy that house. Move to that country. Any of that stuff. Everyone’s got his ultimate dream, savin’ it for ‘someday.’ And ‘someday’ is up to you.”

Frey used this as an example of how he and Don Henley ‘clicked’ when writing a song together …

“I’d go over to the piano and say, ‘Hey, what do you think of this?’  I’d play something, and he’d go, ‘Yeah, I like that, I like that.’ Maybe just get up and start singing. That’s the way we wrote ‘One of These Nights.’ I just went over to the piano and I started playing this little minor descending progression, and he comes over and goes, ‘One of these nights.’ I go, yeah, yeah.”

The song was a conscious attempt by the band to write something different from a country-rock and ballad-type song. Don Henley said …

“We like to be a nice little country-rock band from Los Angeles … about half the time. We wanted to get away from the ballad syndrome with One of These Nights. With Don Felder in the band now, we can really rock.”

And here’s another bit of trivia for you … do you know how the Eagles got their name?  Accounts of the origin of the name vary; Don Felder credited Leadon with originating the name when he recalled reading about the Hopis’ reverence for the eagle, while J.D. Souther suggested that the idea came when Frey shouted out, “Eagles!” when they saw eagles flying above. Steve Martin, a friend of the band from their early days at The Troubadour, recounts in his autobiography that he suggested that they should be referred to as “The Eagles”, but Frey insists that the group’s name is simply “Eagles”.

One of These Nights
Eagles

One of these nights, one of these crazy old nights
We’re gonna find out, pretty mama, what turns on your lights
The full moon is calling, the fever is high
And the wicked wind whispers and moans
You got your demons, you got your desires
Well, I got a few of my own

Oh, someone to be kind to in between the dark and the light
Oh, coming right behind you, swear I’m gonna find you, one of these nights

One of these dreams, one of these lost and lonely dreams, now
We’re gonna find one, mm, one that really screams
I’ve been searching for the daughter of the devil himself
I’ve been searching for an angel in white
I’ve been waiting for a woman who’s a little of both
And I can feel her but she’s nowhere in sight

Oh, loneliness will blind you in between the wrong and the right
Oh, coming right behind you, swear I’m gonna find you, one of these nights

One of these nights oh, in between the dark and the light
Coming right behind you, swear I’m gonna find you
Get you, baby, one of these nights
One of these nights (oh-oh-oh-oh oh-oh-oh-oh)
One of these nights (I can feel it, I can feel it)
One of these nights (coming right behind you, swear I’m gonna find you now)
One of these nights (and gets so dark, it’s so dark and cold)
One of these nights (one of these crazy crazy crazy nights)
One of these nights (swear I’m gonna find you coming right behind you)
One of these nights (oh)
One of these nights (and I want to say ah)
One of these nights (one of these, one of these)
One of these nights (coming right behind you, swear I’m gonna find you)
One of these nights (One of these nights, one of these crazy nights)

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Glenn Frey / Don Henley
One of These Nights lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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