Don Henley/Drivin' With Your Eyes Closed - [image: image] [image: image] Drivin’ With Your Eyes Closed, from Don Henley’s 1984 album Building the Perfect Beast, mentions two 19th century French poet...
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So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
It came, music and lyrics, at four in the morning out of a sound sleep. I wrote it down as fast as I could. It came all at once—the first two verses were completely written. The lyric was originally inspired by the breakup of myself and Jimmy Ienner, my producer. It was written about a friendship that had reached a point where we both knew we had to go our separate ways for a time....As is sometimes the case with me, my very best song will come last, when I don't need it anymore. I just happened to be finishing The Great Gatsby the day I had written the verses of "Boats Against The Current," and that one paragraph was exactly about what the song was about. So I sat and read it and I thought, "Tomorrow, we'll run a little bit faster, tomorrow…" I was on that last page when I said, "Here's the chorus and the title of my album."
Mama don't take my mem'ry cardMama don't take my mem'ry cardMama don't take my mem'ry card awa-a-a-ay
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