She sounds like a lot of fun! She drives her own car and she stops to look at men in the street. I’ll bet she’s part owner of the local bar, too, and is a very sexually frank person.
“Wooo hooo witchy woman, see how
high she flies
Woo hoo witchy woman she got
the moon in her eye
She held me spellbound in the night
dancing shadows and firelight
crazy laughter in another
room and she drove herself to madness
with a silver spoon”
What doesn’t sound appealing about that? She flies around the night sky and owns the moon and wants to have insanity sex in the darkness. I love this woman.
“I’ve got seven women on my mind…Four that wanna stone me”
Perfectly straightforward. You know what they want. They have not attempted to hide their motives. Stay out of their way if you can, apologize if you must, and duck either way. These women have no surprises for you.
“I’ve got seven women on my mind…Two that wanna own me”
These women are a little trickier. They should not be allowed to own you. Eagles have to fly free.
“She came from Providence,
The one in Rhode Island
Where the old world shadows hang
Heavy in the air”
The Eagles are, fundamentally, a band of the West and its people. How can you trust a woman from the East?
“There were lines on the mirror, lines on her face
She pretended not to notice she was caught up in the race
Out every evening until it was light
He was too tired to make it, she was too tired to fight about it”
You should never be too tired to fight about it.
“Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes-Benz
She’s got a lot of pretty, pretty boys she calls friends”
Why are all of her friends good-looking young men? Why does she have to call them her friends — why aren’t they just her friends? It sounds like she commands a twink army.
“Don’t you draw the queen of diamonds, boy
She’ll beat you if she’s able”
It’s not worth finding out if she’s able or not. Stick with the queen of hearts.
“Beauty in the devil’s disguise
She can tell you all about it
She sees it in the stars
She’ll burn you if you try to put her down”
She’ll find a way to burn you, even if you don’t. Women who burn will find an excuse, eventually.
“You never smile at me late at night
Laugh out loud when we get it right
You can’t get loose if there’s too much light
You never smile like a lover”
This woman cannot laugh! Nor smile! Run from her bed!
“All the debutantes in Houston, baby”
You can never trust a debutante in a rock song. Ditto society girls, city girls, uptown girls, daddy’s girls, rich girls, and good girls, unless they are willing to ditch the upper crust and run away with the singer.
“City girls just seem to find out early
How to open doors with just a smile
A rich old man and she won’t have to worry
She’ll dress up all in lace and go in style
Late at night a big old house gets lonely
I guess every form of refuge has its price
And it breaks her heart to think her love is
Only given to a man with hands as cold as ice
So she tells him she must go out for the evening
To comfort an old friend who’s feelin’ down
But he knows where she’s goin’ as she’s leavin’
She’s headed for the cheatin’ side of town”
What did I tell you about city girls? What did I just tell you about city girls?
“I’ve been searching for the daughter of the devil himself
I’ve been searching for an angel in white
I’ve been waiting for a woman who’s a little of both
And I can feel her but she’s nowhere in sight”
A woman who can make her presence felt without being seen is powerful and terrible. Do not let her find you.
“One says she’s a friend of mine”
RUN AWAY AND KEEP RUNNING. All of the other women are furious with or anxious to control you; who is this mysterious siren who sees you as no threat? Why does she have to tell you she is your friend? How can she be your friend if you are not hers? Mark my words, she is the most dangerous of the seven, and if she catches you you will never find your way back to the road again.
Mallory is an Editor of The Toast.