"Life in the Fast Lane" is a song written by Joe Walsh, Glenn Frey and Don Henley. It was Eagles' 3rd single from the 1976 album Hotel California. It peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. It features Don Henley on lead vocals.
The song tells the story of a couple that takes their excessive lifestyle to the edge. Glenn Frey revealed that the title came to him one day when he was riding on the freeway with a drug dealer. Frey asked the dealer to slow down and the response was, "What do you mean? It's life in the fast lane!"
In that same interview, Frey indicated that the song's central riff was played by Walsh while the band was warming up in rehearsals and Walsh was told to "keep that; it's a song." Don Henley recalled that the "song actually sprang from the opening guitar riff. One day, at rehearsal, Joe just busted out that crazy riff and I said 'What the hell is that? We've got to figure out to make a song out of that." Henley and Frey, the primary lyricists for the band, then wrote the lyrics for the song.
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