Don Henley’s Words about the Last Resort Song. Powerful Insight.

“Also I’d been reading articles and doing research about the raping and pillaging of the West by mining, timber, oil and cattle interests.  But I was interested in a larger scope for this song, so I tried to go “Michener” with it.  I remember going out to Malibu and standing on Zuma Beach, looking out at the ocean.  I remember thinking “This is about as far west – with the exception of Alaska-as you can go on this continent. This is where Manifest Destiny  ends – right here.  In the middle of these surfboards and volleyball nets and motor homes.”  And then I thought, “Nah,  we’ve gone right on over and screwed up Hawaii too.”

I still think, though, that  the song was never fully realized, musically speaking.  It is fairly pedestrian from a musical point of view.  But lyrically it is not bad.  Especially the last verse, which turns it from one thing into another and it becomes an allegorical statement about religion – the deception and destructiveness that is inherent in the mythology of most organized religion- the whole “dominion” thing.  This song is a reaffirmation of the age-old idea that everything in the universe is connected and there are consequences, downstream for everything we do.

 

Author: vegananarchist

I am a . radical Vegan, Anarchist. used to be a hell fire and brimstone fire preacher. religion is the cancer of the World. 6 out of 7 people in our World are religious. we are surrounded by stupidity.

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