And we don't need the ladies
Cryin' 'cause the story's sad
'Cause the Rocky Mountain way
Is better than the way we had

Joe Walsh - Rocky Mountain Way lyrics meaning


The reference here is to all the sad news coming out of Vietnam. Too many mothers, wives and girlfriends lost their sons and their men to a tragic war. At the time, it seemed the bad news would go on forever. There was building resentment toward Richard Nixon, who had run his 1968 campaign on the promise: "I have a plan to get us out of Vietnam". In some sense, Walsh was escaping all that by focusing on family and friends in his new Colorado home.

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