Last Lonely Eagle

Lyrics: John Dawson
Music: John Dawson

A New Riders song from their first album

If you go down round the bend in the river
You're gonna find a few changes been going down there
'Cause the people who live round the bend in the river
Have forgotten their dreams and they've cut off their hair

And take a last flying look at the last lonely eagle
He's soaring the length of the land
Shed a tear for the fate of the last lonely eagle
For you know that he never will land

If you go down where the lights push the nighttime
Back far enough so you can't feel the fear
Remember the boy who you left on the mountain
Who's sitting alone with the stars and his tears


If you go down to the gas-powered flatland
Where most of the people just think that they're free
Remember the peace that you had on the mountain
Come back to the love that you had here with me

For you know that he never will land
New Riders Recordings
     Date Album
      Nov 1969 Before Time Began (note 1)
      1971 The New Riders Of The Purple Sage (note 2)
     30 Oct 1971 Glendale Train
     27 Aug 1972 Live At Veneta, OR
      5 Dec 1972 Boston, MA
     18 Mar 1973 Felt Forum, NYC
      4 Apr 1973 Worcester MA
     30 Jul 2006 Live At Turkey Trot
     31 Dec 2006 Live: New Year's Eve
Other Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
      1971 Ian & Sylvia Ian & Sylvia
      1973 Grass Menagerie Grass Menagerie
      2004 S' About Time Full Moon Revue
      2006 North American Ghost Music Shannon McNally
(1) also on the compilation Relix's Best Of The Early New Riders Of The Purple Sage
(2) also on the compilations Best Of The New Riders Of The Purple Sage and Wasted Tasters (1971-75)

Further Information
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography


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