500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Jackson Browne, 'Running on Empty'

Writer: Browne
Producer: Browne
Released: Jan. '77, Asylum
17 weeks; No. 11

The Running on Empty album was Browne's grand experiment: a set of all-new songs recorded onstage, in hotel rooms and on the tour bus. The title track was actually written while Browne was driving to the studio each day to make The Pretender. "I was always driving around with no gas in the car," he said. "I just never bothered to fill up the tank because — how far was it anyway? Just a few blocks."

Appears on: Running on Empty (Elektra)

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