Hotel California lyrics on Hotel California by Eagles

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Hotel California lyrics

Facebook "Hotel California" by Don Henley, Glenn Fry and Don Felder appears on the Eagles album of the same name - 1977.

There are number of interpretations by fans and critics, but the Eagles described it as their "interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles". In a 2013 documentary on the Eagles, Henley said the song was about "a journey from innocence to experience ... that's all".

It's a story song about a traveler visiting California, but it's really a surrealistic tale about a traveler who checks into a hotel that turns out to be a nightmarish place where "you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave".

The song is a metaphor about hedonism, self-destruction, and greed in the music industry of the late 70s. Henley called it "our interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles", and later added: "It's basically a song about the dark underbelly of the American dream and about excess in America, which is something we knew a lot about."
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Verse 1 - Don HenleyOn 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 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 thinking to myself
"This could be Heaven or 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


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


Verse 2Her 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 1969"

And still those voices are calling from far away
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say


HookWelcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face
They living it up at the Hotel California
What a nice surprise (what a nice surprise)
Bring your alibis


Verse 3Mirrors on the ceiling
The 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 stab 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 any time you like
But you can never leave!"

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