Hotel California Lyrics - Eagles



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On a dark desert highway,
Cool wind in my hair,
Warm smell of "colitas"
Rising up through the air,
Up ahead in the distance
I saw a shimmering light,
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim,
I had to stop for the night.

There she stood in the doorway,
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinkin' to myself :
"This could be heaven and this could be hell"
Then she lit up a candle,
And she showed me the way,
There were voices down the corridor,
I thought I heard them say

Welcome to the Hotel California,
Such a lovely place, (Such a lovely place) Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the Hotel California,
Any time of year, (Any time of year) You can find it here

Her mind is Tiffany-twisted,
She got the Mercedes bends
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys
she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard,
Sweet summer sweat
Some dance to remember,
Some dance to forget

So I called up the Captain
"Please bring me my wine"
He said, "We haven't had that spirit here
Since nineteen sixty-nine"
And still those voices are calling from far away,
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say:

Welcome to the Hotel California,
Such a lovely place, (Such a lovely place) Such a lovely face
They're livin' it up at the Hotel California,
What a nice surprise, (What a nice surprise) Bring your alibis

Mirrors on the ceiling,
and pink champagne on ice, and she said:
"We are all just prisoners here,
Of our own device"
And in the master's chambers
They gathered for the feast,
They stabbed it with their steely knives,
But they just can't kill the beast

Last thing I remember, I was running for the door,
I had to find the passage back to the place I was before,
"Relax," said the night man, "We are programmed to receive,
You can check out anytime you like... but you can never leave"





Writer: HENLEY, DON / FREY, GLENN LEWIS / FELDER, DON
Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Don Henly/Glenn Frey/Eagles

Genre: Country rock, hard rock
at Criteria Studios, Miami, FL and Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Label: Asylum
Released: December 8, 1976
Producer: Bill Szymczyk
Recorded: March - October 1976
Length: 43:28

"Hotel California" is the fifth studio album released by the American rock band the Eagles, in late 1976. The same name song,"Hotel California", ranked 1 for 8 weeks in 1977 and characterized by Don Felder and Joe Walsh played the dual guitar effect.It is the first Eagles album without founding member Bernie Leadon and the first album with Joe Walsh. It is also the last album featuring original bass player and singer Randy Meisner. The album became the band's highest selling studio album with over 16 million copies sold in the U.S. alone.The song ranks eleventh in the greatest 100 English songs in "Rolling Stone" magazine and won two Grammy awards for the band.


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Model "Hotel" | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/28/14

A State Mental Hospital in Southern California was known colloquially in the '60s as the Hotel California. Musicians would check in to dry out from drug binges. It was located off a winding country road, and was Spanish Mission architecture. It is now a State University. Ironic ...

Dark Desert Highway | Reviewer: Bonita Springs | 2/3/14

Captain! This song is one of the most sexy gorgeous, deep, enchanting, touching, most moving pieces of music and I will love it always. It's mystery does seem be in the metaphors, however; I truly believe that Mr. Hendly had a unique experience in this hotel that inspired him to write this song and piece of music that will forever be that very special work of fine art, with enchanting lyrics painted with such detail like Monet and De Vinci , or great poetry like William Blake or Hemmingway. I often wonder where this place is, and how the lyrics written somehow in such a way that it lures you into the magical rhythm and soft melody that feeds your soul and imagination bringing to life the lovely old Hotel California, built in 1928,vivid colorful, sweet smells, warm, soft sexy images of a paradise found and then lost again, disappearing down a dark desert highway ........wow did I just say that? Meow? Sexy Meow.

Its about death, and final destiny. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/16/14

On the highway to the writer destiny , they got in a crash, like a NDE, some people see a light , the writer saw a shimmering light, final destiny end of highway "Hotel Califonia" (Hell). The drugs , sex women mercedes benz and luxury, they had in their lifetime.came flashing back to them, then they wondered could this be heaven or hell?.It was hell. All that died including the writer on that day ended up in the master chambers. where they encountered the beast. They try to kill the beast, but they could not, they got scared try to leave. The doorman said to them, you can check out, but never leave.. Once dead, either in heaven or hell you can check out,your, name will be in the good book ,or bad book, but you cannot leave.

In ending the writer was talking about a vision he feel his soul is going to be at in the end, or he is predicting is own death and his afterlife.

People can check out of a marriage, relationship , drugs and sex, but you cannot check out of paying taxes and death.........

death | Reviewer: Moniquita 1 | 11/28/13

I don't belive (personally) this has nothing to do drugs... I think the guy fell asleep, that the shimering light was from another car and the "mission bell" is the car's "pee-pee!"...and that he ended dying -from where he couldn't get back- and i'm still trying to figure out if he went to heaven or hell.

hotel california lyrics | Reviewer: Bikash Adhikari | 11/24/13

such a great thinker who wrote this song such a greater artist who gave wordings to this song such a great band and musician "EAGLE" such a great song ever i had heard.I know this song from my school time this is old song but today i got oppourtunity to express my feelings about this song and whatever i have write about this song is nothing but fact is that many songs can be made for the tribute to this songs i.e."Hotel California"

DDVlad | Reviewer: Dorsainvil Dorvilus | 10/2/13

What a great song! This is magic as song, it has a great importance. One of the meanings wich could be picked out is; the human spirit needs to be protected from bad uses, when it comes to say no can be too late (you can check out any time you like.... But you can never leave). Alcohol, drugs, and other bad things need to be made no use. Being trapped in them is dangerous, the getting out of them will be possible if only God wishes. The peice of advice from this song is; be careful.

heroin..........drug of choice of an era | Reviewer: ana santos | 9/29/13

I was raised in the late 60's and early 70's and we at the East Coast attributed the lyrics to the heroin use of the time...think about it carefully.....this made sense...my brother was aheroin addict and said this song meant every day life for him

Hotel California | Reviewer: Autumn | 9/22/13

This song seems to be talking about the life of fame and all the unknown addictions and ORGANIZATIONS that can take over your life once you sign a contract. Very deep, very scary but very true. Hotel California; casting couches, drugs, sex, murder, money, divorce, secrets, etc....

This song is ecstatic | Reviewer: Oyibo Friday O | 7/18/13

This great and legendary music does not have vague interpretations. Its clear and explicit. All about addictions... Can check out anytime but you can never leave...its about been caught wit the web of addiction, most people say we dont take drugs again, but still find themselves taking the same drugs. This is my opinion.

Excellent,Divines... | Reviewer: Sawan lamichane | 3/25/13

I lov dis song 2 much. I don't care anything.. I stay lov dis song 4ever & Ever..I wanna say something"dis is divines song so nobody can find it's acxact meanings"& last i lov dis song & Eagle band.....!!!

Americana | Reviewer: zane | 12/22/12

It's about the flip side of USA - the Americana.
Hedonistic and controlled by the Antichrist/jews.Beautiful on the surface.
This especially true for the new immigrants.
So what do you do to get out?
In 84 somewhere in mid-Texas a well to do Indian surgeon and his family committed suicide.
By the way, the picture on the album is of Beverly Hills Hotel.

Americana | Reviewer: zane | 12/22/12

It's about the flip side of USA - the Americana.
Hedonistic and controlled by the Antichrist/jews.Beautiful on the surface.
This especially true for the new immigrants.
So what do you do to get out?
In 84 somewhere in mid-Texas a well to do Indian surgeon and his family committed suicide.

What it really means? | Reviewer: Alex | 5/21/12

As Donwashi wrote, the text of song can have a lot of meanings. On the other hand, I understand that the deeper idea of the song is generally only one: What ever we are speaking about, it seems to be nice from the beginning, but later on it can be a trap. We can speak about a good position at work, as well as about marriage, possetion of nice things, or about almost everything, e.g. drugs.
The Genius of the song is rooted in the simple fact that we ourselves play very often and very willingly the role of prisoners, EVEN IF WE CAN LEAVE. It is our good living standard, habits, fear of change etc., that makes us to become prisoners. Of course, to make the thing worse, similar jail is often created for us also by our partners, relatives, emploers, church and godness knows who else. But again very often we can leave, but we do not. So I would say that very often we ourselves are the jailers of ourselves. And this is a general meaning of the song regardless of the subject (out of us) we choose, I guess.

Sorry for my English, I am not a native speaker.

Timless song | Reviewer: donwashi | 12/22/11

This song can have countless interpretations. From idiotic like church of satan to deep like society description. As far as I know thou real point of the song is more close to show business, describing corruption and evils of the land of great ambitions. Whatever the meaning is, song itself is genius.

song meaning? | Reviewer: ace29 | 12/10/11

from what i think, this song is about an organisation, the organisation invites you to join them, but you didn't know that the organisation is corrupted and evil so when you knew what's happening its already too late, you had join the organisation and you can't get out of it,


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