Country’s Best Country Drinking Songs, No. 23: The Eagles ‘Tequila Sunrise’
Cheers-worthy lines: "Take another shot of courage / Wonder why the right words never come / You just get numb."
The Eagles' "Tequila Sunrise" isn't about tequila, orange juice and grenadine--but it goes down just as smoothly. The 1973 hit, written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey, was the first single from the band's sophomore offering, Desperado--and it was released just as the sunset-hued drink rose in extreme popularity.
Frey came up with the title of this song after staying up all night writing while drinking tequila. He supposedly finished the song just as the sun was rising.
In the liner notes of the band's 2003 record The Very Best Of, Henley captured the song's origins, saying, "I believe that was a Glenn title. I think he was ambivalent about it because he thought that it was a bit too obvious or too much of a cliché because of the drink that was so popular then. I said, 'No-Look at it from a different point of view. You've been drinking straight tequila all night and the sun is coming up!' It turned out to be a really great song."