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Not standing on a corner in Winslow, Ariz
The lyrics seem to leave little room for debate. In “Take It Easy,” the 1970s country-rock song written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey that The Eagles recorded as their first single, the second verse is…
Well, Im a standing on a corner
In Winslow, Arizona
And such a fine sight to see
Its a girl, my lord, in a flatbed Ford
Slowin down to take a look at me
So where exactly was the corner that Jackson Browne was standing on when he wrote “Take It Easy”?
The people of Winslow, Arizona take the lyrics at face value and have erected a statue and mural commemorating the song in their downtown.
But the people of Flagstaff — especially Gary McElfresh — disagree. They insist the corner in question is in East Flagstaff, where a Weinerschnitzel once stood — and where McElfresh’s Dog Haus stands today.
They cite an interview that Jackson Brown gave to Matthew Ziegler where he said “the image of that girl driving a truck was an image that came from east Flag(staff). That’s what you heard. It wasn’t really a flatbed Ford. It was a Toyota truck and it was pulling out of Weinerschnitzel.”
Based on that interview, McElfresh (left), who’s operated the restaurant for 34 years, claims his corner on Route 66 in Flagstaff is the “Take It Easy” corner — though he hasn’t gone so far as to erect any statues or press any false claims suits against Winslow.
McElfresh explains his mellow restraint — very Jackson Browne, when you think of it — this way.
“Winslow,” he says, “needs all the help it can get.”