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Old 12-11-2018, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by cochrane View Post
For one, they are not literally eating an animal. They're doing heroin.

"They stab it with their steely knives, but they just can't kill the beast."

"The steely knives" are their needles and "the beast" refers to their addiction.
wiki: "According to Glenn Frey's liner notes for The Very Best Of, the use of the word "steely" in the lyric, "They stab it with their steely knives, but they just can't kill the beast," was a playful nod to the band Steely Dan, who had included the lyric "Turn up the Eagles, the neighbors are listening" in their song "Everything You Did".[15] Frey had also said that the writing of the song was inspired by the boldness of Steely Dan's lyrics and its willingness to go "out there",[12] and thought that the song they wrote had "achieved perfect ambiguity."[14]"