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According to the Dirty Laundry Songfacts, In November of 1980, Henley was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and possession of marijuana, cocaine, and Quaaludes after paramedics treated a 16-year-old girl suffering from drug intoxication at his Los Angeles home. This incident was a big influence on the song.The lyrics make fun of news anchors who are more concerned with their looks than accurately reporting the news. Many local news stations have at least one "bubble… read more

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I make my living off the Evening News
Just give me somethin', somethin' I can use
People love it when you lose, they love dirty laundry

Don Henley - Dirty Laundry Lyrics

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  • ......ALONG W/ ELVIS'S ''RADIO, RADIO'' & NEIL'S ''THEY''LL NEVER PLAY THIS SONG ON THE RADIO''............MY FAVORITE REFLECTIONS ON MEDIA...
  • Good song and it seems all too true. The news always seems to have a hard bent for bad news. I've heard that Don released this to vent his frustration with the mass media establishment and expected to get some backlash for it. To his surprise, a lot of news anchors loved the song and felt the same frustration as he.
  • better do a load of laundry!
  • Cool song.
  • I told my wife she needed to use "Gain" on my clothes!!!....lol
  • Dirty
  • Got the t-shirt....
  • We all know that crap is king, give us dirty laundry...
  • Shout out to Gilmer, Texas.
  • This song is about unscrupulous newspeople doing anything for a story. Henley values his privacy, and hates it when reporters pry into his personal life. He had to deal with increased press attention when his girlfriend, Maren Jensen, came down with Epstein-Barr Syndrome. She recovered, but they broke up soon after. http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=392

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