“Seven Bridges Road” location

Woodley Road in Alabama, the inspiration for the song "Seven Bridges Road."

Woodley Road in Alabama, the inspiration for the song “Seven Bridges Road.”

Woodley Rd, Montgomery, Alabama.

Steve Young wrote “Seven Bridges Road” while in Montgomery, Alabama in the 1960’s. According to Young, “some friends showed me [a] road [that] led out of town…after you had crossed seven bridges you found yourself out in the country on a dirt road. Spanish moss hung in the trees and there were old farms with old fences and graveyards and churches and streams. A high bank dirt road with trees. It seemed like a Disney fantasy at times. People went there to park or get stoned or just to get away from it all. I thought my friends had made up the name ‘Seven Bridges Road’. I found out later that it had been called by that name for over a hundred years.”

Though Young has never officially confirmed the location, it generally identified as Woodley Road which runs from Montgomery to Orion.

Young recorded the song in 1969 for his Rock Salt & Nails album. It has been recorded by many other artists, most famously by the Eagles in 1980 for their live album, Eagles Live. That version was recorded on July 28, 1980 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Issued as a single on December 15, 1980, the Eagles version reached #21 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

 

Spanish Moss hanging in the trees on Woodley Road

Spanish Moss hanging in the trees on Woodley Road.

 

One of the bridges on Woodley Road.

One of the bridges on Woodley Road.

 

Seven Bridges Road single