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Boomer Ballads: Desperado

Yes, yes, The Eagles. I know, I know. Face it, Linda had the definitive delivery.

It was a tune so haunting and memorable that it was torched by that team of comedy writers for whom nothing was sacred except their love of Porsches, underage girls, and therapy, Jerry Seinfeld and his repulsive partner Larry David.

But the only reason it worked as comedy was the fact that millions of boomers had taken it to heart and known the pang that it evokes.

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  • ghostsniper June 3, 2021, 2:34 PM

    Just can’t see Linda out riding fences.
    Riding Jackson Brown maybe, but not fences.

  • Kevin in PA June 3, 2021, 4:12 PM

    +1 to Ghost!
    Hahaha. That really made me laugh out loud. Funny too is that is pretty much what I said about 1977 when I was working a ranch south of Tucson in the Sonora Desert. It was a popular tune way back then among the ranch hands. Ronstadt, I believe is a Tucson native, IIRC.

    A side note of some interest – I worked with the grand-daughter of Bill Doolin (of Doolin and Dalton fame), about whom the tune was written. He was a real life gambling, gun-fighting outlaw back in the day. Hell, Tucson was still pretty damn rugged in the 1970s. When the university went to summer schedule the place was like a ghost town, tumble weeds and all.

  • gwbnyc June 3, 2021, 5:55 PM

    Linda and Jerry.

    that’s what sounded her knell

    but wait- PBS found out she was hispanic

    and inflated her to hyperbolic diversity blimp dimensions.

    don’t hang around. any chance of this being a poem got latrined at “hispanic”…

  • Wilfred Ruffian June 3, 2021, 6:02 PM

    If Larry David was a bug,I’d squish it.

  • gwbnyc June 3, 2021, 6:10 PM

    an insult to bugs.


  • bob sykes June 3, 2021, 6:31 PM

    Earlier, the members of the eagles had been her backup band.

  • Dirk June 3, 2021, 7:34 PM

    Linda was the very best of her era. Some of her later classical stuff, is amazing as well. Awesome rendition,


  • Jack June 4, 2021, 6:50 AM

    Hilarious Ghost. Made my morning.

    I loved Ronstadt in the old days when she was a barefoot Contessa but then she got into her woke ethnic thing and we broke up. That folklorico thing was repulsive.

  • Sam L. June 4, 2021, 8:57 AM

    I lived in Tucson in the early ’70s. I wandered into Ronstadt’s once.

  • azlibertarian June 4, 2021, 10:17 AM

    I watched this…..
    ….on an airplane once. Listening to Ronstadt (or anyone else, for that matter) is a horrible way to listen, but who am I kidding? After 40+ years of flying jets and shooting guns, my hearing is bad on a good day.

    Anyway, I do recommend that bio-video of her. I disagree with her politics, but in today’s scheme of things, she’s pretty muted about that, and regardless, she has an amazing talent.

  • Thud Muffle June 4, 2021, 12:14 PM

    God damn she was hot.

  • Callmelennie June 4, 2021, 3:11 PM

    That time Linda Ronstandt submitted to Islam

    Hezbollahi .. why don’t you get up and do right
    You’ve been acting like a Shi’ite; for so long now
    Oh you’re a crazed one
    Oh, but you’re seeking the Virgins
    These things that are urging you
    Can harm folks somehow

    Dont you pray Medinan Suras*, Boy
    They’ll make you quite unstable
    That Sura 9* will always cause regret
    Well it seems to me some fine words
    Can be found in the Verse, “The Table”**
    But you only choose the ones that lead to death

    *(Medinah verses are more militant than Meccan verses .. Sura 9 has direct exhortations to kill infidels)
    **(Contains the “if you kill one man, its as if” …. This, BTW, is not an injunction against violence for Muslims; that is pure taqqiyah)

  • Jack June 5, 2021, 10:49 AM

    Excellent post Callmelennie, I’d love to hear her sing it too.

    Americans have a tendency to be able to focus upon and remember only the crap going on in front of them but I haven’t forgotten or taken my eyes from the filth and inhumanity of the followers of islam, not for a second.

    It seems that the only thing that can keep them quite here and occupied elsewhere is total war and now that Biden has practically unilaterally elected to pull our troops out of Afghanistan, I’m waiting for their next violent attack upon a European or US target.

  • Anonymous June 6, 2021, 9:18 AM


    Since I did get one positive response, I feel entitled to bore everyone else with some more stanzas to Linda Ronstandt’s moving Islamoballad

    Hezbollahi … Oh you caused all that dyin’
    But it aint toppled Zion
    New path you should choose
    And jihad … Oh, jihad
    Well thats just some mad mullahs talking
    The Sa’udis are walking
    To make peace with the Jews

    And now for the slightly overwrought (IMUDO) finale …..

    You may be warrin’ …. But there’s a Blackhawk above you
    You better let some Jarhead love you
    (Let some Jarhead LOVE YOU!!)
    You better let some Jarhead love you
    Before its too late

    *(In My Unpopular Dissenting Opinion)

  • Jack June 6, 2021, 11:50 AM

    Anonymous…that’s some sold gold stuff and yep, I’d buy the album for the single. Wonder if Weird Al would nut up, record and release it? I’d pay double.