Rocky Mountain Way
Joe Walsh and Barnstorm
Walsh Joe1973 Rocky Mountain Way 45

And we don't need the ladies
Cryin' 'cause the story's sad
'Cause the Rocky Mountain way
Is better than the way we had

1973
23
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1973
  • from Joe Walsh's second solo album, The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get (1973)
  • the first of four Top-40 singles charted on the Hot 100 by Joe Walsh in his career
  • written by Rocke Grace, Kenny Passarelli, Joe Vitale, Joe Walsh
  • Joe Walsh comments on the lyrics to "Rocky Mountain Way" (it was 1972 - he had left the James Gang after three studio albums and had released his first solo LP, Barnstorm):   "I'm living in Colorado and I'm mowing the lawn. I look up and there's the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains and there's snow on them in the summer. And it knocked me back because it was just beautiful. And I thought, well I have committed. I'm already in Colorado and it's too late to regret the James Gang. The Rocky Mountain Way is better than the way I had. Because the music was better. I got the words, bam! I got all of the words all at once and ran into the house to write the words down. The lawn mower kept going over into the neighbor's yard and ate the garden. It was an expensive song to write!"
  • produced by Joe Walsh, Bill Szymczyk
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