"I Can't Tell You Why" is a song by the American rock band Eagles, which appeared on their 1979 album The Long Run. The song was written by band members Timothy B. Schmit, Glenn Frey, and Don Henley. Recorded in March 1978, it was the first song finished for the album and the first Eagles song to feature Schmit on lead vocals.
Schmit describes the song as "loosely based on my own experiences". Schmit said: "I had some writing sessions with Don and Glenn and I threw out a bunch of my ideas and that one [for "I Can't Tell You Why"] stuck. I had [composed] a pretty good part of it, not a huge part but enough for them to think 'That could be good' and go with it. So Don, Glenn and I finished it over a few all night sessions."
Schmit said: "When it was being developed in the studio...I knew it was a great song. I [thought] 'Yes! This is an amazing debut for me.' When we finally mixed it, we had a little listening party at the studio. As people were hearing it, Don turned to me and said, 'There's your first hit.'"
Look at us baby, up all night Tearing our love apart Aren't we the same two people who live Through years in the dark? Ahh Every time I try to walk away Something makes me turn around and stay And I can't tell you why
When we get crazy It just ain't to right (try to keep you head little girl) Girl I get lonely too You don't have to worry Just hold on tight (don't get caught in your little world) Cause I love you Nothing's wrong as far as I can see We make it harder than it has to be And I can't tell you why No, baby, I can't tell you why I can't tell you why
Every time I try to walk away Something makes me turn around and stay And I can't tell you why No, no, baby, I can't tell you why I can't tell you why I can't tell you why
Songwriters: Don Henley / Timothy B. Schmit / Glenn Lewis Frey I Can’t Tell You Why lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group, Eb Music Services