“It’s obviously not meant to be a hit,” Seger told Rolling Stone. “There’s no chorus per se or title section or anything. The idea was just to honor his memory and talk, very specifically, about my impression of him in 1966 when we first met.”
“Glenn Song” is a poignant ballad that reminisces about the pair’s decades-spanning friendship, with such lyrics as, “You were strong/ You were sharp/ But you had the deepest heart.” Frey and Seger grew up in Detroit and ran in the same circles on the local rock scene during the mid-1960s.
Seger’s first nationwide hit, “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man,” released in 1969, featured Frey on background vocals.
The two remained close throughout their careers, with Seger last seeing Frey July 24, 2015, in their hometown when the History of the Eagles tour stopped at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena. They made tentative plans to meet up again but were unable to.
Frey died on Jan. 18, 2016, and Seger later sang “Heartache Tonight” — which he co-wrote for the Eagles in 1979 — at Frey’s memorial ceremony.
“I hope ‘Glenn Song’ doesn’t make his wife Cindy cry,” says Seger. “But it probably will.”
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