About The Song
“Hotel California” is one of the most iconic songs by the American rock band Eagles. It was released in 1977 as the title track of their album “Hotel California.” The song was written by Don Felder, Don Henley, and Glenn Frey, who were members of the Eagles at the time.
There were many speculations about the true meaning of the song. But, indeed, it was considered and documented as the “House of Evil” or “Life In Vegas.” It is merely because the words and lyrics interpret deeds that are beyond society’s culture and beliefs.
Furthermore, Don Henley and Glenn Frey pooled resources for the words and lyrics of “Hotel California.” Meanwhile, Don Felder arranged the music and technicality of the song. The song became the most famous one of the band to record in the entire course of their career.
“Hotel California” won a Grammy as “Record of the Year” in 1978. Due to its strong lyrics, it has given many interpretations. The Eagles, themselves, describes the song as a high life in Los Angeles. Also, Henley, the writer, interpreted the lyrics as the journey of innocence to experience.
On a dark desert highwayCool 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 CaliforniaSuch 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-twistedShe got the Mercedes Benz She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys That 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 CaliforniaSuch a lovely place (such a lovely place) Such a lovely face They livin’ it up at the Hotel California What a nice surprise (what a nice surprise) Bring your alibis
Mirrors on the ceilingThe 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”