It comes down to dealing friends.

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Dear All,

A beautiful song by Eagles -- Tequila Sunrise.

I don't really know what the sentence ( It comes down to dealing friends ) means.
Could anyone explain that for me or say that in other ways?
Especially for come down, what does it mean?

Here's the lyric for your reference:

Tequila Sunrise

It's another tequila sunrise
Starin' slowly 'cross the sky, said goobye
He was just a hired hand
Workin' on the dreams he planned to try
The days go by

Ev'ry night when the sun goes down
Just another lonely boy in town
And she's out running around

She wasn't just another woman
And I couldn't keep from coming on
It's been so long
Oh, and it's a hollow feelin' when
It comes down to dealing friends
It never ends

Take another shot of courage
Wonder why the right words never come
You just get numb
It's another tequila sunrise, this old world
still looks the same,
Another frame, mm...


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  • Oh, and it's a hollow feelin' when
    It comes down to dealing friends
It's hard to tell, but it seems to be about unpleasantness between friends. (It seems that they were having an argument about a woman. It happens.) Read It comes down to as meaning it happens or it comes about.

Does that help?



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It is truly scary how Google has become our collective consciousness. Six years after the original post and this is the exact question I was searching for.

I heard this song on the radio this morning, which I've listened to probably thousands of times, and this exact phrase caught my attention. Having recently separated from my wife of 20+ years, it suddenly took on a new meaning (for me anyway).

When you're a couple and have developed friendships (often with other couples) there comes the awkwardness when a separation occurs of which friends 'go' with which spouse/partner. In a sense, your 'dealing friends' like you're dealing cards depending on the nature of the friendship. Same as dividing up the assets, you go through a process of dividing up friends (couples) based on who was closest (the wives or the husbands).

So I took it to mean that hollow or empty feeling at the end of a relationship when it 'comes down to' or that inevitable point in time when friendships break over the break up of a couple.

'It never ends' and 'this old world still looks the same Another frame' in the sense that it's repeating cycles and patterns of relationships.

That's my take anyway. Funny how you view an old, familiar song in a completely new light depending on life's experiences.

Great song, great question.
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