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Joe Walsh — Rocky Mountain Way
Album: The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get
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Released: 1973
Length: 5:09
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Spent the last year
Rocky Mountain way
Couldn't get much higher
Out to pasture
Think it's safe to say
Time to open fire

And we don't need the ladies
Cryin' 'cause the story's sad
'Cause the Rocky Mountain way
Is better than the way we had
Whoa-oh-oh

Well, he's tellin' us this
And he's tellin' us that
Changes it ev'ry day
Says it doesn't matter
Bases are loaded
And Casey's at bat
Playin' it play-by-play
Time to change the batter

And we don't need the ladies
Cryin' 'cause the story's sad, uh huh
Rocky Mountain way
Is better than the way we had
Yeah-ah-ah
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 Valley_Boy wrote:
Went to an Eagles concert once and a Joe Walsh show broke out. He did a bunch of his solo stuff and a few of rhe James Gang tunes. That made the show!
 
Hah! That would have been fun. Somehow I don't associate Joe with the Eagles despite all the evidence. I suppose it's because I like him.
omg. omg. omg. Where the f*ck is my blacklight?
This song always reminds me of skateboarding in an emptied swimming pool in the back of a neighbor's house with this blaring over their stereo in the mid to late 70's.
 deepwoodskev wrote:
Played to DEATH on AM/FM radio. Don't even enjoy it anymore.
 
Played to DEATH on my 8-Track, then cassette, then CD, then Ipod.  Still love it.
 expertTexpert wrote:
Completely stole this lick from Steve Miller!
 
Interesting, because Stephen Stills claimed Joe stole it from him!
More likely all three just wrote songs with similar riffs.
Whaddyagonnado?
The Colorado state anthem
Played to DEATH on AM/FM radio. Don't even enjoy it anymore.
Bill. Bill here. Play 'Meadows' please. Thank you Bill. From Bill.
 rc1414 wrote:
When I was young and just discovering music, as a treat my mom would buy me a 45 at the dime store on occasion.  On one of these occasions, I'd asked her to buy me a copy of Rocky Mountain High by John Denver.  Instead, she comes home with this.  It was very different than the music I'd been previously exposed to, to say the least.  Have to say, the music gods were smiling on me that day ... I shudder to think what might have been if I'd continued down the path I was on.  
 
{#Lol} Sometimes moms do know what's best for us.
 rc1414 wrote:
When I was young and just discovering music, as a treat my mom would buy me a 45 at the dime store on occasion.  On one of these occasions, I'd asked her to buy me a copy of Rocky Mountain High by John Denver.  Instead, she comes home with this.

 
From the title, she probably thought this song would be the safer choice...the other being a clear reference to drug use, and likely to be a very bad influence. {#Wink}
When I was young and just discovering music, as a treat my mom would buy me a 45 at the dime store on occasion.  On one of these occasions, I'd asked her to buy me a copy of Rocky Mountain High by John Denver.  Instead, she comes home with this.  It was very different than the music I'd been previously exposed to, to say the least.  Have to say, the music gods were smiling on me that day ... I shudder to think what might have been if I'd continued down the path I was on.  
Crankin' it! So glad that Joe came out Rocky Mountain Way! I smile to recall an interview he did on Letterman in '85 when he said that among the wildest times of his life was the months he spent "living in Dan Fogelberg's VW van" in Nederland, Colorado! Smokin' Joe!
 Hannio wrote:
Sorry, after Tinariwen this is pretty thin.

 
"Hwat is that you say?! Señor Walsh could rawk the cojones off those rank amateurs! We don't need no steenkin' Tinnyairywhen, gringo."

{#Grumpy}


Sorry, after Tinariwen this is pretty thin.
Yay! First song on RP today with a sense of humor. (I take that back, we had Talking Heads about three hours ago).

Joe did the drunk thing so much better than Neil Young  IMO.
That is it exactly - no pretense - play on!

 
Rick_V wrote:
Awesome tune.

Joe Walsh is a stone cold rock guitar player. No pretense, he just brings it.

 


That song can turn goat piss into gasoline!  {#Guitarist}
Check Joe out on paladin cable channel with live from daryl's house. He's still got it.
 Proclivities wrote:

I think he was being facetious about Steve Miller's song "The Stake", which was released about four years after this tune and bears somewhat of a resemblance in some parts.

 
Thanks, I don't follow Steve Miller as he get's played to death on the radio {#Laughing}
 ShaunJ wrote:

What song?

 
I think he was being facetious about Steve Miller's song "The Stake", which was released about four years after this tune and bears somewhat of a resemblance in some parts.
 expertTexpert wrote:
Completely stole this lick from Steve Miller!

{#Guitarist}
{#Roflol} 

 
As John Lennon said, "There's only so many notes."

Now consider of the 100's of thousands (millions?) of songs and pieces of music out there. A few are likely to sound a bit similar, don't you think?
 expertTexpert wrote:
Completely stole this lick from Steve Miller!

{#Guitarist}
{#Roflol} 

 
What song?
Completely stole this lick from Steve Miller!

{#Guitarist}
{#Roflol} 
Gee wiz. This guy needs to learn to play guitar. 
 racerx wrote:


Posted: Apr 10, 2009 - 10:46
 

Surprising to hear this here, not complaining but you should instead play some of his "deeper cuts" like Meadows, Welcome to the Club or Mother Says.  Thanks to Clear Channel, RMW is forever burnt-out..


 
What he said.

I believe this was the first time the voice box was used in a recording. Peter Frampton liked it so much he called up Joe and asked what it was and how he got it.

The rest (or so they say) is history!


 ThePoose wrote:
...and so is his brother-in-law, Richard Starkey.

 
ShaunJ wrote:

I had the pleasure of seeing Joe and the Eagles crank this out last Friday, September 6th in Vancouver.
Joe is worth the price of admission {#Bananajam}

 



 
Saw him do this on Bondi Beach in Sydney in the 80's. Just walking along the beach and there it was. He played with a group called the party boys in Sydney for several summers.
{#Dancingbanana_2} Rocky Mtn. Way! Life's good here in Colorado.
Nice to hear this again on RP after what, three months?
Awesome tune.

Joe Walsh is a stone cold rock guitar player. No pretense, he just brings it.
Tell 'em, Joe!  Rocky Mountain Way is still MOST DEFINITELY BETTER than any other I've found so far! I got this thing CRANKED to 11!
To my submarine buddy living in Denver:  No "medicinal" need required now, right?  (green with envy)  Don't leave the ladies crying!

To Joe Walsh:  You're welcome in my house at any time for any reason. 
...and so is his brother-in-law, Richard Starkey.

 
ShaunJ wrote:

I had the pleasure of seeing Joe and the Eagles crank this out last Friday, September 6th in Vancouver.
Joe is worth the price of admission {#Bananajam}

 


 coloradojohn wrote:
Wow! I recall a road trip, and it included tripping on some wicked little shrooms with two gals in a funky old garage belonging to the brother of one of them out in the symmetrical blue-green hills near Santa Fe (we met at Club West) on a full moon night in late December of '83, and I freaked as we started to shoot a crazy game of cut-throat on the pool table when out of the radio came, "Comin' to ya from that WIDE SPOT ON YOUR DIAL, YOU CAN'T MISS IT -- KFAT!" followed by Thin Lizzy's Boys Are Back, and the trip went into its Groove Phase, the tinges around everything became purple, and damn if that station didn't rock us right on through that weird and wonderful night...
---- 

oldfart48 wrote:
the times were odd, the acid was fantastic, the music real.....{#Sunny}{#Dance} and your D.J. was a serious KFAT reality.....

 











 
it's KPIG now.....
Wow! I recall a road trip, and it included tripping on some wicked little shrooms with two gals in a funky old garage belonging to the brother of one of them out in the symmetrical blue-green hills near Santa Fe (we met at Club West) on a full moon night in late December of '83, and I freaked as we started to shoot a crazy game of cut-throat on the pool table when out of the radio came, "Comin' to ya from that WIDE SPOT ON YOUR DIAL, YOU CAN'T MISS IT -- KFAT!" followed by Thin Lizzy's Boys Are Back, and the trip went into its Groove Phase, the tinges around everything became purple, and damn if that station didn't rock us right on through that weird and wonderful night...
---- 

oldfart48 wrote:
the times were odd, the acid was fantastic, the music real.....{#Sunny}{#Dance} and your D.J. was a serious KFAT reality.....

the times were odd, the acid was fantastic, the music real.....{#Sunny}{#Dance} and your D.J. was a serious KFAT reality.....
 DanFHiggins wrote:
Always love this

 
I had the pleasure of seeing Joe and the Eagles crank this out last Friday, September 6th in Vancouver.
Joe is worth the price of admission {#Bananajam}
So simple yet so sublime; showing us The Rocky Mountain Way, digging it intensely even as he lived and shivered in Nederland in Dan Fogelberg's VW van (till he met The Eagles at a gig in Boulder, and the rest is A Very Kind History) and this, well, THIS JUST ROCKS!
Always love this
Is this a John Denver cover?
 coloradojohn wrote:
THIS pretty much changed the world for a while...and showed us all THE WAY...
and sometimes it is so incredibly good to crank this bad boy all the way UP, too! 

 
I honestly think Joe Walsh was David Lee Roth's prime inspiration.
    The absolute apex of Rock-n-Roll decadence. Kickin' up some dust... Thank you B. & R.

This is one of those songs that you remember from your teen years and now play it for your kids ....trying to make mine learn those great JW riffs.   
 aspicer wrote:
Still love it - even on the billionth listen.  That says something.....about me, the song, or both?!
 
Volume turned up to 11 every time {#Bounce}
So true coloradojohn. Never too much JW. Somehow i grew up not hearing James Gang's Walk Away till RP spun it one day. Thanks Bill! DB in CB, Nova Scotia.
THIS pretty much changed the world for a while...and showed us all THE WAY...
and sometimes it is so incredibly good to crank this bad boy all the way UP, too! 
Is Don Henley next?
 Good times with 'ol Joe and his Rocky Mountain Way, "Bases are loaded and Casey's at bat"...
Saw Joe a week ago... STILL ROCKIN THE HOUSE DOWN  !!         I 'd go again right now. He looks good and acts the same ,two hours almost non-stop.                     
worries me when RP plays Joe Walsh within 7 songs of The Eagles... did someone die? or was RP purchased by ClearChannnel?
 gemtag wrote:

Mainly because some of us do not listen to other radio stations.like clear channel. So I'm happy to hear a little Joe now and again.

Plus he's such a happy rocker... 
 
Agree 100%.  My ONLY music fix is RP and I too love me some Joe.  James Gang anyone?
 neotrogg wrote:

WHY? i can hear this on clear channel radio 5 times a day along with Sweet home alabammy,rock an roll,freebird.....ect ect.!

 
This.                                        {#Beat}

Needed this, go joe !
Holy geez I needed this!
Still love it - even on the billionth listen.  That says something.....about me, the song, or both?!
Right on! Far out! A great song from a great era that will be lost but not forgotten!

We have a local band (Dirty City) in Annapolis, MD that plays this and other Joe Walsh songs.  It is a dad on guitar and his son on drums.  His sons friends fill out the rest of the band.  Did is in, I would say, his mid to late 50s...and he is bad ass.  He kills this song.  Gives me a new appreciation for it. 


Rated it an "8", but have really heard this song waaaaaaaaaaaaay too many times.  But it's a rock classic.  I'm conflicted.  Strange.
Best enjoyed with a bold Cabernet.

 
Foot wrote:
For whatever reason have always disliked this song.
 


For whatever reason have always disliked this song.
Diversity in music that includes Joe Walsh - good . . . playing more Radiohead, TMBG and Fleet Foxes - better . . . playing Randy Newman, esp. from "Good Old Boys" days . . . priceless!
Ears_Of_Stone, I am awaiting for your comments ??

 neotrogg wrote:

WHY? i can hear this on clear channel radio 5 times a day along with Sweet home alabammy,rock an roll,freebird.....ect ect.!

 
Mainly because some of us do not listen to other radio stations.like clear channel. So I'm happy to hear a little Joe now and again.

Plus he's such a happy rocker... 
Frampton really ripped off the bridge from this song on his live "Do You Feel Like We Do"...
Happy Birthday Joe!
I've been fortunate to have appreciated Joe's talents for a long time.  First concert,  circa 1970, the James Gang.  Was a fan before, been a big fan ever since. 

WHY? i can hear this on clear channel radio 5 times a day along with Sweet home alabammy,rock an roll,freebird.....ect ect.!


 Businessgypsy wrote:
1973. That's right. I remember rocking out to this on the gas fired crystal set when when were taking the Triceratops to Granny's for Sunday dinner.
 
Yup. I had the wax cylinder copy of this album. Thomas Edison was the recording engineer.

Great song from a great album.
Yup, Joe went out West from Wichita, and found his Way, hard as it was, even had to live in Dan Fogelberg's car for awhile, as I heard him tell it once, and God bless him for sharing his zany, amazing talent!  Everything he played sounded GREAT!
I had seriously forgotten just how FUN this one was...{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Bananajam}
1975.  Driving a 1967 Mustang from NJ to CA.  Listening to this.   Ahhh.
Ultimate party song     {#Drunk}
Sadly, I never appreciated the brilliance of Joe Walsh until much later in life. What an artist.
Party yer balls off!!   {#Group-hug}
 fatcatjb wrote:
I was 15 when this album came out...I loved every bit that I remember...those were some hazy daze
 

I was 16 and the same applied. Had it on 8-track.  I do have one vivid memory of lying in a beanbag chair at a friends listening to this on high volumn.  At least I think it's a memory.

 racerx wrote:
Surprising to hear this here, not complaining but you should instead play some of his "deeper cuts" like Meadows, Welcome to the Club or Mother Says.  Thanks to Clear Channel, RMW is forever burnt-out.
 
Well, I love Rocky Mountain Way (for reasons listed in another post), but yeah, your choices would be totally wonderful. If I had them in a downloadable format, I'd submit them to RP. If you have them, submit them, okay? I'd LOVE to hear "Meadows," "Time Out," "Turn to Stone,"All Night Laundromat Blues,"... I went back through his stuff, and his earlier work is amazing. Once he found Jesus and tossed the bottle, I feel like his music took a back seat to something I don't understand.

I cling to the past, because the present isn't so fun and the future isn't looking too promising, either.

I was 15 when this album came out...I loved every bit that I remember...those were some hazy daze
Oh. My. Gawd. This was the first thing I ever heard from Joe Walsh, and at the time, I hated it. (I was young and stupid.) Now, I just crank it up and dance (hey, romeotuma - bet you're dancing, too!)  I love it in the middle when he's doing that voice/guitar thing, and then it just vaults into total rockdom.  Joe Walsh is an understated guitar genius. He's got a bunch of notches on his gunbelt, but this song, to me, is his biggest notch.{#Dancingbanana_2}
1973. That's right. I remember rocking out to this on the gas fired crystal set when when were taking the Triceratops to Granny's for Sunday dinner.


Went to an Eagles concert once and a Joe Walsh show broke out. He did a bunch of his solo stuff and a few of rhe James Gang tunes. That made the show!
Perfect song right now. We expect 10" of snow here in the Denver area tonight and tomorrow. Gotta love spring time in the Rockies!
Love Joe too!!   this is a great album.  Really like to hear more Joe!!

 
maroubra wrote:
Love Joe Walsh. He is a guitar God! His playing on the Eagles "Those Shoes" was one of the few things that made "The Long Run" great for me. Love that song and love Joe. 
 


Stevie Nicks says Joe is the love of her life.
Hey, Stevie, move over: I love Joe too!

I have a huge soft spot for hugely talented singer-songwriters who are funny, sardonic, and dark—with a delicious sense of the absurd.
To wit: Joe + Warren Zevon + the Bob, etc.

Life's been good with them around.

Takes me back to a much younger time. Awesome tune.
 phineas wrote:
This reminds me that I had a really good time in high school... "the smoker we got"...

 
Heh, "High" school.

Love Joe Walsh. He is a guitar God! His playing on the Eagles "Those Shoes" was one of the few things that made "The Long Run" great for me. Love that song and love Joe. 
 phineas wrote:
This reminds me that I had a really good time in high school... "the smoker we got"...

 
Was this during the "herbal music appreciation hour"?  {#Wink}

This reminds me that I had a really good time in high school... "the smoker we got"...

Joe Walsh is really not a part of my staple diet but this song is a solid 9 for me
OK now I get it... that last song was just the intro!
 htowncoog wrote:
How in the hell do people rate this a 1? Clueless. {#Bananajam}
 
  I find too many so called RPees just that!   {#Arrowu}        {#Bananajam}

Golly, some folks just won't listen eh? 
"The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get."
Whooooeeeeeeee!  {#Good-vibes}


ok coog - I give it a 1.5!
Surprising to hear this here, not complaining but you should instead play some of his "deeper cuts" like Meadows, Welcome to the Club or Mother Says.  Thanks to Clear Channel, RMW is forever burnt-out.
Not my favorite song or band but my first stadium concert was Fleetwood Mac, Steve Miller & Joe Walsh at JFK stadium in Philly.  Two days (1 in the parking lot the day before) of music & oblivion. {#Roflol}
No need for this song.  Boring          {#Eh}
How in the hell do people rate this a 1? Clueless. {#Bananajam}
I really wish their was a song rating below "1" for this song.
I don't know why, but I hate this song. Not in an overtly hateful sort of way. It's just that every time I hear it, I feel like I'm sitting in the waiting room at the car dealership waiting to get my oil changed. You know that feeling of "this place isn't all that bad but I hate it here!!"?
 Stones_Fan wrote:
If I wanted to hear this crap I could just turn on my local Clear Channel classic rock station...
 

Says a guy named "Stones Fan"...{#Roflol}
This song reminds me of what HST would say to Ken Kesey. No clue what it's really about though.
A great song in its day, but AOR and classic rock radio played it to DEATH!

That said, the band (Zurich) for which I was a roadie did a *very* credible job on this number, the lead guitarist even having built his own throat box (or whatever it's termed) from a "how-to" in Guitar Player.
 Darkmatter wrote:
The title of this album is wonderful. The kind of english you usually see around here in Japan, delightfully incomprehensible.
 
Then you will really enjoy this site.

 Stones_Fan wrote:
If I wanted to hear this crap I could just turn on my local Clear Channel classic rock station...
 

Crap. You wish you had created this song. Joe can retire on this album alone.
Please don't ever play this again.

I was just listening to this CD all last week to/from work.

Good stuff.


Rocky Mountain High School, class of '88!!  Yea baby...

 rickhoran wrote:



yes don't play any music which is on regular radio. no matter how good it is. thats ridiculous. how dare you.... its not right! Please apply appropriate sarcasm smiley here.
 
yes yes yes

Just because a song has been played elsewhere does not mean it shouldn't be played here. A good song is a good song. And this is a great party song.

The title of this album is wonderful. The kind of english you usually see around here in Japan, delightfully incomprehensible. :mrgreen:
Surely this deserves more than a 7.1...I'm gonna try to raise it a bit with a 10...I love this song!
This a good tune! just listen it won't take that much time. You do all know that it is impossible for RP to play only the songs you like, right?
Party music from 1976 (?) Yeah! I'm a kid again!
Moldy Oldie :doh:
Really?! Joe Walsh? Rocky Mountain Way?? (((((sigh)))))
Rick beat me to it.
Don't blame this station because some other outlet over-played a great song. That said, a typical classic rock staion is about as original as the menu at McDonalds, so I hear you.
Colorwise wrote:
First time you've let me down in two weeks. I can hear this crap everyday on regular radio. I'm grateful for terrible music like this, because it makes the bands I like even better...to me anyway.
:stupid: :beat: yes don't play any music which is on regular radio. no matter how good it is. thats ridiculous. how dare you.... its not right! Please apply appropriate sarcasm smiley here.
First time you've let me down in two weeks. I can hear this crap everyday on regular radio. I'm grateful for terrible music like this, because it makes the bands I like even better...to me anyway.
Long Live Joe