Joe Walsh: My Life in 15 Songs

Guitar legend looks back on more than 40 years of music and mayhem with James Gang, Eagles and beyond

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"Ordinary Average Guy" (1991)

You know, that whole Los Angeles thing, that lifestyle, it isn't real. I'm in Arkansas right now. That's real. Ohio, where I came from, that's real. I grew up just a kid on the block, doing all the stuff that kids do. I wanted to re-identify with that life, so I wrote a song about it.

And here's the thing: What we do as rock & roll stars, everybody thinks that's a whole lifestyle that we live, and that it's glorious and extravagant and wonderful. And they think that 24 hours a day we're famous and wearing expensive clothes and riding around in limos. But that's not really true. We're really cool for about an hour and a half onstage. And the rest of the day we're taking out garbage and picking up dog crap and washing cars and sucking eggs like everybody else on the planet. We're ordinary average guys.

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