Yes, this song sounds exactly like “Oh! Darling.” No, The Eagles did not steal from The Beatles. The song existed before “Oh! Darling,” and The Eagles’ version is a cover.
The original version of the song was written and performed by the Louisiana swam blues singer Charles Brown. In all honesty, there’s not really a very big difference between the two versions. The Eagles’ version mostly just sounds cleaner and more modern, and does away with the tolling bell — which I’m not a fan of anyway, so I’m happy about that. I prefer Henley’s vocals to Brown’s, though from what I’ve seen in comments sections, I’m in the minority there. But hey, everyone has their own tastes and no one’s opinion is wrong, right?
Anyway, I’ve always thought this was a really pretty song. Honestly, sometimes I listen to it even when it’s not the holiday season. It’s a song that serves to remind us that during this time of year especially, we should be with the ones we love, sharing the warmth and joy of the season. It’s a simple song, but its message is powerful nonetheless. Sometimes you don’t need a lot of words and fancy ornamentation to say just what you need to.
So everyone, please go home for Christmas — or at least by New Year’s Day.
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