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Eagles – Hotel California lyrics
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
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 place)
'Such a lovely face'
'There's 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's got the Mercedes Benz
She's 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...

'Welcome 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

Mirrors on the ceiling, 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 programed to receive'
'You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave'

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    The song's lyrics describe the title establishment as a luxury resort where "you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave." On the surface, the song tells the tale of a weary traveler who becomes trapped in a nightmarish hotel that at first appeared inviting and tempting. The song is generally understood to be an allegory about hedonism and self-destruction in the Southern California music industry of the late 1970s; Don Henley called it "our interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles"[2] and later reiterated "[i]t'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."[3].
    During a July 17, 2008 appearance on The Howard Stern Show on Sirius Satellite Radio, Don Felder described the origins of the lyrics:.
    "Don Henley and Glen wrote most of the words. All of us kind of drove into LA at night. Nobody was from California, and if you drive into LA at night... you can just see this glow on the horizon of lights, and the images that start running through your head of Hollywood and all the dreams that you have, and so it was kind of about that... what we started writing the song about. Coming into LA... and from that Life In The Fast Lane came out of it, and Wasted Time and a bunch of other songs."
    The abstract and metaphoric nature of the song has led listeners to their own interpretations over the years, including some claims, spread by word of mouth and internet, of Satanic aspects. Other rumors suggested that the "Hotel California" was a mental hospital, a real hotel run by cannibals, or a metaphor for cancer. These claims have been consistently refuted by the band.[4].
    The term "colitas" in the first stanza of the song is a desert flower, also known as Antelope sage or Colita de Rata [5]. Both Don Henley and Don Felder have repeatedly and publicly stated that Colitas are "heady desert flowers."[citation needed] Others assert that "colitas" is a Spanish term for "little tails." This is a reference to the buds of the Cannabis plant.[6].
    Seriously people, get it right, do your research. The eagles of all bands wouldn't right a song about satanism.
    Colitas is not pot, at least not their reference in the song. And Pot doesn't make you trip, unless it's laced with something.
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  • f
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    I'm sorry but I think you guys are wrong. I think the song is about drugs in the beginning I had a feeling he was talkin about drugs and he was gettin high and got into a car crash and died and he said "this could be heaven or this could be hell" and that's exactly what that meant he didn't know if he was in heaven or hell because he wasn't the best person he may have been good but he made some mistakes and then they're basically just talkin about all the vices we have like with the woman it was s* "we are all just prisoners here or our own device " but we don't have to be because we have Jesus to save us please listen people I'm sorry I just don't believe that crap about this song being satanic. I love this song and it's not like that guys no it doesn't say anything about Jesus in the song but I just had to say that! And I think the thing about the alibis is because they are talking about murder and sin and stuff and one more thing I just wanted to let you know that what would be a place where you could check out but never leave? Anywhere where you're dead: cemetary, morgure, funeral home, and also hell I think they are talkin about hell But they do call the song Hotel California! But maybe they were sayin that to Live in California is like living in Hell and all the drugs and stuff maybe the weren't on drugs maybe the almost got caught up in it but they caught themselves you never know what someone was feeling when they wrote that you can see that I'm a writer. So I know trust me! Well God Bless Guys!
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  • ChrisFishA-CrossRiff
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    There are too many "meanings" to this song. Don Henley said it was about how the music industry was at the time. It was directed toward all the artists and the music.
    Some people think it deals with Satanism. I can see where the allusions come from, but there's no hard evidence to support it. I believe most of the members of the band dabbled in the occult and sects of spirituality like Hindu, Scientology, Witchcraft, etc.
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  • m
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    This song is about dugs "this could be heaven this cold be helll" meaning this could be the right thing to do cuz it feels right or it could bring you down to sin. " she lit the candle a and showed me the way" she wasnt lighting a candle. "some dance to remember some dance to forget" meaning some do drugs to have good memories while others do it to forget about their lifes. "we are all just prisoners her of our own device" this means that they are addicted to the drug and stuck there. " they stab them with their steely knifes, but they just cant kill the beast" meaning no matter how much you try to quit, they just can't cuz its like a beast. " you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave" you can say your not addicted, but you can not leave the past behind.
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  • c
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    I have heard this song had to do with the satanic church of california, the church as a company actually went by the name "hotel california". I now cannot find the site that provided references to this but this interpretation of the song interests me because it seems clear that this song could be a reference to someone gettin caught in the occult or western religions, where satanic influence doesn't let you out. Also the line "we havent had the spirit here since 1969" I was told could have been a reference to the holy spirit being that the hotel california satanic church was established in 1969.
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  • U
    I've always believed that the song was about someone who had been driving for a long time, with the "cool wind in my hair," had gotten too tired and fell asleep at the wheel. He died, but didn't know that. He entered a world that "could be heaven or this could be hell." In reality, it was both. He just had to figure what was good and bad. For instance, there was the gathering for a feast (good), but nobody could eat (bad). There was pink champaign on ice, but they didn't have any wine. Hey, I'm no expert on the song, but I think Frey and Henley were geniuses to write it. I think it's one of the best "story" songs ever.
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  • m
    Having lived in the us - and back in eu just heard the song and sent some thoughts back - and seeing things from the distance. It describes the schizophrenic situation of the us - one day you feel great and high the next day you see the realilty and could be down and depressed as (beside me) you can't escape and you think its the only way to live.
    (i think its also about religion and the side effects that come along with the naivety it provides) this might be heaven or hell. Once captured in the thoughts of religion you can pray to god or the devil. But you can't escape. Religion is the drug not trivial dope.
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  • f
    Kids?! This song is about the satanist church in california that used to be a church of God up until 1969. "We haven't had that spirit here since 1969" means the "Holy Spirit of the living God". The spirit of God is also refered to as the "wine" of Christs blood as in communion. "Please bring me my wine". You can't kill the beast with steely knives because the beast (satan) is a spirit and even though you can check out of the hotel anytime you like you can never leave because you are posessed by an eveil spirit. That is of course unless you turn to the redeemer Christ Jesus.
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  • k
    This song is about excess in america. Don Henley himself quoted, "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”. Not drugs, which the band made very clear. They are not ashamed to admit their prior drug usage, but their songs are always sociopolitical commentaries. Get it straight before you try to make some type of interpretation, Don't ruin the song's true meaning because it is beautiful.
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  • j
    This song is about a re-hab clinic; "hotel california" about people checking themselves in to rehab, a few lines in the song help suggest this; "'We are all just prisoners here, of our own device" - about checking yourself into rehab.
    Also the line about not having any wine their since 1969 - the year hotel california rehab clinic was formed.
    . The line that finishes the song "you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave" quite a philisophical look at the way you can leave check out of rehab, but never really leave.
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  • LLGuardian
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    I believe this song is about love, you see, a guy is wandering through a desert lonely. Then he is welcomed by a woman and she leads him to a hotel that he can never leave and found inviting one second and fearsome the next. Just like love that looks so blissfully beautiful from the outside but after being in love for so long it becomes painful but you can never leave love.
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  • n
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    :) My friends, its about drugs, and how once your an addict, your always an addict. We choose our poison, then have to live with it. We are "prisoners of our own device", "you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave". This is what the song means to the Eagles, or so they say, but I believe that it can mean things to many people, not all addictions are drugs.
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