Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Standin' On A Corner In Winslow, Arizona

I just got back from a vacation to Arizona.

One of my family's stops included lunch in the northern Arizona town of Winslow, the town made famous by the song "Take It Easy." The tune became the first hit single by the 70s country-rock band The Eagles. Because passing nearby Winslow on Interstate 40 was part of our planned route on the way to Flagstaff we decided to get our pictures taken on the notorious corner. Imagine our surprise when we discovered the town has made an industry out of the song.

Here are the lyrics that made this small town famous:
Well, I’m a standing on a corner In Winslow, Arizona
And such a fine sight to see
It’s a girl, my lord, in a flatbed Ford
slowin’ down to take a look at me.
Winslow has erected a small park celebrating the song. There is a mural painted on the wall that features a picture of a girl in a flatbed Ford and there is a REAL flatbed Ford parked in front of the mural. There are two stores on the corner of the main downtown intersection, that includes part of the old, original, Route 66, blaring Eagles songs on loudspeakers and selling souvenir T-shirts, (naturally I bought one with a picture of the mural on it) magnets, and key chains. The park is predictably called "Standin' On the Corner Park."

According to the store clerk where I bought my shirt The Eagles have promised to come and play a concert there if the town can find a venue large enough to hold the event. Considering the size of the area, that includes the marginally nearby towns of Flagstaff and Sedona, it seems the Eagles will perform in Winslow when "Hell Freezes Over."

Here is the link to the homepage to the park's website. Be sure to read the history section to see how and why this beat up old Western town is milking a 34 year old song. The mural is at the top of the webpage.

It was all silly but fun.

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