Peaceful Easy Feeling

Composed by Jackson Browne / Glenn Frey / Don Henley / Jack Tempchin

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Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Jack Tempchin wrote "Peaceful Easy Feeling," a melodic song in which a man contemplates a relationship with a woman. He begins by complimenting, then propositioning her, but by the second verse is worrying about "what a woman can do to your soul." In the final verse, he still hasn't made up his mind whether he will know her "as a lover and a friend" or never see her again. But, as the chorus makes clear, in any case, it's all right. He has a peaceful, easy feeling, knowing she can't hurt him more than he has been hurt by women previously. The song's easygoing tone thus belies a bittersweet sentiment. Tempchin's song was borrowed by his friend Glenn Frey, who was putting together the Eagles, and the group recorded it with Frey singing lead vocals, backed by acoustic guitars, harmonies, and an electric guitar playing country-style licks. It was included on the band's debut album, Eagles, which was released on July 22, 1972, and became a moderate hit. "Take It Easy" and "Witchy Woman" made the Top 20 of the singles charts before the release of "Peaceful Easy Feeling" as a 45 on February 3, 1973, and it also reached the Top 20. The Eagles later abandoned their country-rock style and rarely played "Peaceful Easy Feeling," but it was included on their 1976 compilation Eagles/Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, which went on to become the best-selling album of the 20th century. (On that album, the title was given a comma, becoming "Peaceful, Easy Feeling.") Tempchin recorded his own version of the song on his 1978 debut album, and there were a few cover versions over the years. In 1993, Little Texas recorded "Peaceful Easy Feeling" for the Eagles tribute album Common Thread, and their version made the lower reaches of the country singles charts.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Eagles 1972 Elektra / Asylum 4:17
Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 1976 Rhino 4:17
Selected Works 1972-1999 2000 Elektra 5:23
The Complete Greatest Hits 2003 Warner Music 4:16
The Very Best of the Eagles [Rhino] 2003 Elektra / Rhino 4:17
The Studio Albums 1972-1979 2013 Elektra / Rhino 4:17