Hotel California

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Hotel California by Eagles [1976] Hotel California album |

Hotel California by Eagles

Hotel California was released in February 1976 and won the Grammy Award for record of the year. we all dance for different reasons. it’s the state of mind that the Hotel California gives rise to. this song is written by Glenn Lewis Frey, Don Felder and Donald Hugh Henley.


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 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

Welcome 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

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 water!”
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 face
They livin’ it up at the Hotel California
What a nice surprise
Bring your alibis

Mirrors 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!”

Post Script

the song Hotel California is explained as an addiction. like an addicted guy says “i’m able to quit any time i want to” but, that’s only the equivalent of signing the check-out book at the desk in the lobby of the hotel. it’s simply announcing a desire to leave. leaving the hotel is completely different. 

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