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February 6, 2012 / Erik Ritland

The Eagles’ “Get Over It”

from Volume 1, Issue 1 of Ramblin’ On

Song Review

“Get Over It” by the Eagles
from the 1994 album Hell Freezes Over

The more I think about it, ‘ol Billy was right
Let’s kill all the lawyers, kill ‘em tonight
You don’t wanna work
You wanna live like a king
But this big, bad world don’t owe you a thing
Get over it

The Eagles resurfaced in 1994 with the EP/live album Hell Freezes Over, which is best known for the lame acoustic version of “Hotel California” that got a ton of radio play for some reason. Far better, though, is “Get Over It,” the bands first single in 14 years, and indeed one of their best.

The songs upbeat rock groove thankfully sounds more like early 70s Joe Walsh than 90s Don Henley.The socially conscious lyrics, sometimes a strong suit with Henley as on classics like “Dirty Laundry,” are really what make it better than most classic rock comeback songs from the 90s, much less Eagles songs. The top quote is a highlight (“ol’ Billy” is Shakespeare, by the way) that neatly provides a Readers Digest version of the theme – the contemporary disease of entitlement. “Get Over It” is a great message for the world today: “All your bitching, and moaning, and pitching a fit – get over it.”

In 1994 a solid, upbeat, punchy, classic sounding rock song was hard to come by. Grunge and alternative rock were king, pop music was sappy and awful, and hip-hop was in the middle of a golden age. Joe Walsh’s opening riff, in that context, crashes like a thunderbolt delivered from the ghost of Muddy Waters, his slide guitar a reminder that dinosaur rockers could still rock.

Sometimes at least.

Erik Ritland is a journalist and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His writings on culture, music (including his own projects), sports, religion, and many other topics are cataloged regularly at Ramblin’ On. You can reach him via email here.

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