Sunset Grill

by Don Henley

Duration:
6:29
Released:
Nov 19, 1984
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Lyrics for Sunset Grill by Don Henley:

Verse 1
Let's go down to the Sunset Grill
We can watch the working girls go by
Watch the basket people walk around and mumble
Stare out at the auburn sky

Pre-Chorus 1
There's an old man there from the old world
To him, it's all the same
Calls all his customers by name

Chorus
Down at the Sunset Grill
Down at the Sunset Grill
Down at the Sunset Grill
Down at the Sunset Grill

Verse 2
You see a lot more meanness in the city
It's the kind that eats you up inside
Hard to come away with anything that feels like dignity
Hard to get home with any pride

Pre-Chorus 2
These days a man makes you somethin'
And you never see his face
But there is no hiding place

Chorus
Down at the Sunset Grill
Down at the Sunset Grill
Down at the Sunset Grill
Down at the Sunset Grill

Bridge
Respectable little murders pay
They get more respectable every day
Don't worry, girl
I'm gonna stick by you
And someday soon
We're gonna get in that car
And get outta here

Solo

Verse 3
Let's go down to the Sunset Grill
Watch the working girls go by
Watch the basket people walk around and mumble
Gaze out at the auburn sky

Pre-Chorus 3
Maybe we'll leave come springtime
Meanwhile, have another beer
What would we do without all these jerks anyway?
Besides, all our friends are here

Chorus
Down at the Sunset Grill
Down at the Sunset Grill
Down at the Sunset Grill
Down at the Sunset Grill

Instrumental Outro

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Song Facts

One of the follow-up singles to Henley’s 1984 smash “The Boys of Summer”, “Sunset Grill” is a remarkable observation of urban life and it’s dim, dismal outcomes and prospects. Using the initial setting of an ordinary hamburger restaurant, a contrast is drawn between the familiar nature of the eatery and the unpleasantly harsh conditions of the real world in the city.

A soaring, soulful synthesizer leads the song to a midway guitar-synth solo until the song climaxes into an ambitious brass, synth, et al. feud, ultimately creating a lush, quintessential 80’s arrangement.

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