Joe Walsh - Life's Been Good




"Life's Been Good" is a song by American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Walsh that first appeared on the soundtrack to the 1978 film FM. The original eight-minute version was released on Walsh's 1978 album But Seriously, Folks..., and an edited four-minute single version peaked at No. 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100, remaining his biggest solo hit.


In the song, Walsh satirically reflects on the antics and excesses of the era's rock stars, with nods to Keith Moon and others: "I live in hotels, tear out the walls/I have accountants pay for it all", and "My Maserati does one-eighty-five/I lost my license, now I don't drive".


The 1979 Rolling Stone Record Guide called it "riotous", and "(maybe) the most important statement on rock stardom anyone has made in the late Seventies". His later Ordinary Average Guy is written as a late-life followup.


The song is used in the Kevin Smith film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back during the opening of the movie, where the titular characters are left outside of a quickstop (from Smith's earlier film Clerks) by their respective parents. However, it did not appear on the soundtrack album.

The original eight-minute version was released on Walsh's 1978 album But Seriously, Folks..., and an edited 4 1/2 minute single version peaked at #12 on the US Billboard Hot 100, remaining his biggest solo hit.






Lyrics


I have a mansion but forget the price

Ain't never been there, they tell me it's nice

I live in hotels, tear out the walls

I have accountants, pay for it all


They say I'm crazy but I have a have a good time

I'm just looking for clues at the scene of the crime

Life's been good to me so far


My Maseratti does one-eighty-five

I lost my license, now I don't drive

I have a limo, ride in the back

I lock the doors in case I'm attacked


I'm making records, my fans they can't wait

They write me letters, tell me I'm great

So I got me an office, gold records on the wall

Just leave a message, maybe I'll call


Lucky I'm sane after all I've been through

(Everybody say I'm cool, he's cool)

I can't complain but sometimes I still do

Life's been good to me so far


I go to parties sometimes until four

It's hard to leave when you can't find the door

It's tough to handle this fortune and fame

Everybody's so different, I haven't changed


They say I'm lazy but it takes all my time

(Everybody say oh yeah, oh yeah)

I keep on goin' guess I'll never know why

Life's been good to me so far




Songwriters: Joe Walsh

Life's Been Good lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Spirit Music Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC