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Old 12-16-2018, 04:48 PM
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Originally Posted by foolsguinea View Post
From what I've heard, in an interview with the writers I think, the song was meant to be like something Steely Dan would write, hence "steely knives;" but what it all means, eh, yeah, that wasn't as clear. I think rock songwriters sometimes don't care that much if the song really makes sense or means one actual thing. It's part of the music, man.
DrDeth previously pointed that out:

Originally Posted by DrDeth View Post
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]"