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    Default Randy Stonehill's "Teen King"

    I had never heard of Randy Stonehill, but I saw on Wikipedia that he wrote a song about Glenn called "Teen King"! After a bit of digging, I came up with the lyrics:

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    "TEEN KING"

    You were a small time session man scuffling around L.A..
    Nights at the troubadour waiting for a chance to play
    And I remember you were hanging around cause you had no place to stay
    Man that seems like a long long ways away

    Baby you're the teen king
    Now they call you the teen king
    Now that you're a star
    All the chicks in the bar
    Know what you're drinking

    Well you made yourself a name and you're
    Sitting on top of the world
    And you smile like a heartbreaker shaking up the little girls
    And every night when you walk on stage it's always just the same
    You've got twenty thousand people screaming out your name

    They come to see the teen king
    Now they call you the teen king
    And all the crazy nights
    And the flash of the lights just leave you blinking

    Oooh when are you gonna slow down
    Oooh when are you gonna slow down teen king

    Now you're living so high that you're walking on a dangerous line
    And don't you know when you fall it's always unkind
    Hey you were right when you said that it's hard to tell the night time from the day
    But you're ending up a desperado anyway

    They call you the teen king
    Now they call you the teen king
    Well they say they love you so
    But you never know just what they're thinking

    Baby you're the teen king
    Now they call you teen king
    All the crazy nights and flash
    Of the lights just leave you blinking

    Baby you're the teen king
    Now they call you the teen king
    Now that you're a star all the chicks in the bar
    Know what you're drinking
    Tequila sunrise

    WRITTEN BY RANDY STONEHILL
    1980 KING OF HEARTS (BMI)

    Stonehill is on record saying this is about Glenn. He sure is an inspiration! lol

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    Oh its lovely
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    "...Troubador....night time from the day....turning into a desperado....drinking a Tequilla Sunrise."


    f you didn't already know the song was written about Glenn, the lyrics would give it away. There are so many references in them that you can't help but recognise who it's about. What do you suppose Glenn thought about his "Teen King" title?
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    Bizarre. I don't know what to think about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcknalwys
    f you didn't already know the song was written about Glenn, the lyrics would give it away. There are so many references in them that you can't help but recognise who it's about. What do you suppose Glenn thought about his "Teen King" title?
    Since he wore it on his T-shirts in the early 70s and temporarily called the Eagles "Teen King and the Emergencies," he seemed quite proud of the title at the time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freypower
    Bizarre. I don't know what to think about it.
    I agree.

    Personally, I think Randy had a little crush going on the teen king. It was probably the hair.

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    Well, I was talking to mewsical from Rockphiles, and she says this guy was Glenn's roommate for a couple months before he moved in with JD! Gives new meaning to the first verse!

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    Wow, thanks for posting that, Soda. It's amazing how many songs Glenn has inspired.

    I'm not much of a lyric analyst, but this is what I think of the song (I'd love to hear it, by the way):

    If Randy Stonehill was a wannabe successful musician just as Glenn was during those tough times in the late '60s/early '70s, even rooming with Glenn , the underlying jealousy that seems to run through the song is understandable. It can't be easy to see someone who was in the same dire position as yourself ending up so much more successful. The fact that we haven't even heard of Randy Stonehill (well, I haven't - I can't speak for everyone) is testiment to that.

    At the same time, Randy seems to be expressing concern over Glenn's high-flying, successful, yet excessive and irresponsible lifestyle, as well as the fickleness of fame:

    They call you the teen king
    Now they call you the teen king
    Well they say they love you so
    But you never know just what they're thinking


    All those girls pursuing Glenn - would they have reacted that way to him had he not been a rock superstar, but the struggling musician spending so much of his time seeking fame and fortune at The Troubadour?

    It's interesting that the song was published in 1980 - the same year that The Eagles broke up. I wonder when Randy wrote it. And I wonder what he thinks of Glenn now - now that he's an established, respected musician, still loved by millions, 27 years later; now that he's a happily married man for 17 years, with three children. Glenn has certainly done himself proud, and captured the hearts of many more fans (and women!) since those heady days of the '70s!


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    And I know Glenn won't let me down

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    I think he wrote it a couple years earlier - but I bet that girls probably bought Glenn a few drinks even pre-fame, lol!

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    Default Who is Randy Stonehill

    Randy Stonehill is a Christain folk singer. His albums have always been rather blah, but his live performances are generally well regarded. He's generally pretty sarcastic, but it generally fits into the 60's or 70's folk concept, usually poking fun at the complacency of what would later be called the 'christian right' or 'christian conservatives'.

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