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Kelly Clarkson's Beautiful Cover of the Eagles' "Desperado" Will Make You Emotional

Clarkson sang the song as a nuanced piano ballad. 

By Jackie Manno

Kelly Clarkson took on the the Eagles yet again with a gorgeous rendition of the band's classic tune "Desperado" in a Kellyoke segment on The Kelly Clarkson Show.

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The cover started out with gorgeous piano notes before Clarkson jumped in, crooning a rich tone and telling a story with her voice, using gentle riffs along the way. 

For the second verse, she belted her heart out, and flipped into heavenly high notes, before wrapping everything up with soft notes. 

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What to know about "Desperado" by the Eagles

One of the band's most recognizable tunes to date, "Desperado" was released off of the band's 1973 album of the same name. Although the song is a signature tune for the band now, it was actually originally considered a deep cut at the time of its release. In 2016, frontman Don Henley told Rolling Stone that the track did not pick up traction until it was covered by Linda Ronstadt. 

Images of Don Henley from The Eagles and Kelly Clarkson.

In 2023, Billboard listed it as the second best Eagles song. "[Desperado] boasts a desolate, tumbleweeds-rolling-in-the-sunset ambience that makes a genuinely cinematic impact," the outlet wrote. 

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The lyrics to "Desperado" by the Eagles lyrics

Desperado, why don't you come to your senses?
You've been out ridin' fences for so long now
Oh, you're a hard one
I know that you got your reasons
These things that are pleasin' you
Can hurt you somehow

Don't you draw the queen of diamonds, boy
She'll beat you if she's able
You know the queen of hearts is always your best bet
Now it seems to me, some fine things
Have been laid upon your table
But you only want the ones that you can't get

Desperado, oh, you ain't gettin' no younger
Your pain and your hunger, they're drivin' you home
And freedom, oh freedom well, that's just some people talkin'
Your prison is walking through this world all alone

Don't your feet get cold in the winter time?
The sky won't snow and the sun won't shine
It's hard to tell the night time from the day
You're losin' all your highs and lows
Ain't it funny how the feeling goes away?

Desperado, why don't you come to your senses?
Come down from your fences, open the gate
It may be rainin', but there's a rainbow above you
You better let somebody love you
(Let somebody love you)
You better let somebody love you before it's too late