Winslow

Some things you just gotta do.

With our sights set on some national monuments east of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, the route took us through Winslow.  So after checking in to the local state park, we drove back into town and found the proper place to go stand on the corner.

Standin’ On A Corner…?

Now I figured I didn’t have to say much more than that - this is Winslow, Arizona and we were “standin on a corner” - but there still seemed to be some confusion on Facebook and Twitter.  So, at the risk of ruining a bit of fun by providing an explanation…;) 

You know the band The Eagles, right?  The first single from their debut album in 1972 was a song called “Take it Easy”.  The song was written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey and it had the following lyric:

Well, I’m a standing on a corner
in Winslow Arizona
It’s such a fine sight to see
It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed
Ford slowin’ down to take a look at me

A Lyric Begets a Park

Winslow has grabbed ahold of their bit of fame in the song and created a whole “Standin’ on the Corner” park with a statue, murals and flat-bed Ford truck.  This is what we ventured down to see.

What we learned was to keep singing:

We may lose and we may win though
we will never be here again

Runnin’ Down the Road

Winslow is a scrappy little town, with it’s railroad, Route 66, and musical heritage to build from. But once you’ve stood on the corner and walked along the newer railroad park and browsed through the shops for your fridge magnet, there isn’t much left to do (especially when you bring the good camera but forget to put the SD card back in - so even a photo walk is out of the question).

We’ll likely stay here another day or so - the state park where we are at is quiet and conducive to getting some work and school done. But then we’ll go back to “runnin’ down the road” again.

It's a girl, my lord in a flat-bed Ford!

It's a girl, my lord in a flat-bed Ford!

Route 66

Route 66

Don't hope to catch a movie.

Don't hope to catch a movie.

Probably some interesting history to this building

Probably some interesting history to this building

Former Route 66 gas station

Former Route 66 gas station

Part of the new walking park along the railroad.

Part of the new walking park along the railroad.

A play on the old Burma Shave signs

A play on the old Burma Shave signs

Sunset from our campsite, with the San Francisco Mtns in distance

Sunset from our campsite, with the San Francisco Mtns in distance

Standin' on the corner

12th Street and Vine?

This wasn’t our only music-inspired stop, nor the only public park inspired by a song lyric. If you are a blues fan check out our blog post from Kansas City.

3 Comments Winslow

  1. Picture of Steven GrantSteven GrantMay 04, 2011

    Ah, so that’s where that line comes from (big Eagles fan)

  2. Picture of BoyinkBoyinkMay 04, 2011

    I imagine there wasn’t much to the town when the song was written!

    But I feel better.  I mentioned this to Marcus Neto in a conversation and he was clueless…called me old..;)

  3. Picture of Steven GrantSteven GrantMay 04, 2011

    Philistine :-)

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