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Rock Lyrics Vol. 15 – Life’s Been Good

Continuing on with the Rock Star Life series of rock lyrics posts, here is an iconic tune from 1978 that fairly drips with sarcasm about the behavior and lifestyle of many rock stars – Life’s Been Good by Mr. Guitar Riff himself, Joe Walsh.

My favourite piece of lyric is this:

It’s tough to handle this fortune and fame
Everybody’s so different, I haven’t changed

Walsh pokes fun at the rock star lifestyle of wealth and fame, the spoiled mentality – how it’s not him that’s changed, but everyone else. We all probably have those same thoughts on occasion.

I had a large number of videos to choose from for this post .. as you could imagine .. and I think I chose the best one. Joe Walsh – Life’s Been Good – Featuring Daryl Hall – Live From Daryl’s House. If you have ever watched any of the Live From Daryl’s House shows, you know how good they are. This one does not disappoint. Enjoy!


Joe Walsh

I have a mansion, forget the price
Ain’t never been there, they tell me it’s nice
I live in hotels, tear out the walls
I have accountants pay for it all

They say I’m crazy but I have a good time
I’m just looking for clues at the scene of the crime
Life’s been good to me so far

My Maserati does one-eighty-five
I lost my license, now I don’t drive
I have a limo, ride in the back
I lock the doors in case I’m attacked

I make hit records, my fans they can’t wait
They write me letters, tell me I’m great
So I got me an office, gold records on the wall
Just leave a message, maybe I’ll call

Lucky I’m sane after all I’ve been through
(Everybody say I’m cool) (He’s cool)
I can’t complain but sometimes I still do
Life’s been good to me so far

I go to parties, sometimes until four
It’s hard to leave when you can’t find the door
It’s tough to handle this fortune and fame
Everybody’s so different, I haven’t changed

They say I’m lazy but it takes all my time
(Everybody say oh, yeah) (Oh, yeah)
I keep on going, guess I’ll never know why
Life’s been good to me so far
Yeah, yeah, yeah


Live Long and Prosper


  1. Really enjoyable version of this song. There was I think six people playing and nobody got in anybody’s way throughout the song.
    In the world of lyric misconceptions, many including me for a while, thought that the line about the office went like this. So I got me an office, “called” records on the wall”.
    Would be a good name for a rock stars office don’t you think?
    Joe always did have a different take on the music world, it made him unique and admired by many in and out of the business. Good choice.

    • It’s not always easy to find the best video to use in these posts. YouTube doesn’t always display every video available when you do a search, only the ones they “think” you’d like to see. Sometimes takes me an hour or two to find a good one, like this.

      I have been surprised myself when I look at the actual lyrics of a song I’ve known for decades, only to realize it doesn’t say what I always thought it said! Funny how the brain works.

      Thanks for the comment. And, you’re my first approved User on the Blog! The previous 150 or so were spammers. 😀

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