In Winslow Arizona…..
Today is a somewhat down day as in take it easy for us. We decided to take a short 40 minute drive out to the town made famous in The Eagles hit “Take It Easy”
“Well, I’m a standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona
Such a fine sight to see
It’s a girl my Lord in a flat-bed Ford
Slowin’ down to take a look at me”
We departed about 10 in the morning and drove the 40 some minutes to the town on the “Original” Route 66. Small and quiet we parked across from the famous corner and people watched a bit. Grabbed a sandwich for lunch at the little diner across the street. We sat outside on the street corner and ate, then went and took our pictures!
According to Glen Frey, the second verse of “Take It Easy” refers to the time when Jackson Browne’s car broke down in Winslow, Arizona on one of his trips to Sedona, and he had to spend a long day in Winslow. In 1999, in responding to the lyrics that made it well-known, the city of Winslow erected a life-size bronze statue and mural commemorating the song at the Standin’ on the Corner Park. The statue stands near a lamp post, the male figure securing an acoustic guitar between his right hand and the shoe of his right foot. Above his head, a metal sign, crafted in the style of U.S. Route shields, displays the words “Standin’ on the corner”. The mural on the wall behind the statue is that of a storefront, and includes what would appear to be the reflection of a red flatbed Ford pickup truck driven by a blonde-haired woman. The second floor of the mural features an eagle perched in one window on the left and a man and woman (apparently the man on the corner and woman in the truck) embracing in another window on the right. The site has become a landmark that attracted many visitors to the town.
There has however been some confusion about the location of original incident that inspired the story in the lyrics. In an interview with Matthew Ziegler, Browne related that it took place in Flagstaff, Arizona, at the Der Wienerschnitzel (now the Dog Haus) at the corner of East Rte. 66 and Switzer Canyon. According to Browne, a girl cruised by in a Toyota pickup and looked at him and the image stuck with him. Browne had told Frey about the girl in the truck, and Frey then used the incident to add the line about the girl to the song. Browne however also stated in an interview with Los Angeles Times that it was always Winslow where his car had broken down, although “the image of that girl driving a truck was an image that came from east” (i.e. East Flagstaff). The lines are therefore an amalgamation of two different events. If you remember from a previous post, we ate at the Dog Haus!
We headed back home around 1:00, after a nice relaxing visit to a Route 66 Memory!