Hotel California - Eagles

Discussion in 'Music' started by charms, Jan 24, 2005.

  1. charms

    charms Member

    what do you think this song means?

    I think it's about the rite of passage between the freedom of the teenage years and the materialism of the adult world. Once you are a part of that world, you can never go back.

    that's the basics of my idea. i'd go into more detail but i can't really focus right now. maybe later.
  2. madcrappie

    madcrappie crazy fish

    its about hell. and drugs.
  3. syd

    syd Banned

    I think it's the most overplayed song ever!
  4. Frog_On_Ice

    Frog_On_Ice Watercolor Paradise

    i liked but never understood that song, the live version is my favourite :D
  5. Ash_Freakstreet

    Ash_Freakstreet Hmm.... GROOVY!

    "you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave"

    Sounds like hell to me
  6. methos

    methos Member

    its about alcoholism, i think thats pretty obvious
  7. seamonster66

    seamonster66 discount dracula

    I believe its about being seduced into drugs by southern california. Lots of people get corrupted there.

    "she got the mercedes benz, she's got a lot pf pretty boys that she calls friends"
  8. crummyrummy

    crummyrummy Brew Your Own Beer Lifetime Supporter

    "in the master's chamber , they gathered for the feast.
    they stabbed it with their steely knives, but they just cant kill the beast."

    sounds like drug addiction or hell to me, which equates to the same thing in my book.
  9. definitely written about drug addiction

    .....and I never get tired of hearing it
  10. hip_peace

    hip_peace Senior Member

    no (Ash_Freakstreet)
    "you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave"

    Sounds like hell to me
    this is not right !
    i really like this song alotttttttt +lyrics = freedom and peacefulllllll read it plz !!
    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'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 face
    They're livin' it up at the Hotel California
    What a nice surprise
    Bring your alibies
    Mirrors on the ceiling
    Pink champaign 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 nightman
    We are programmed to receive
    You can check out any time you like
    But you can never leave
  11. paulfreespirit

    paulfreespirit Senior Member

    its about spirituallity for me man . staying in an old hotel and living what has gone on there . surrounded by spirits .yeahhhh man dats what it means to me man . /peace /
  12. all_rhodesian_reject

    all_rhodesian_reject Sonskyn Elvis

    getting laid, clearly
  13. Pa_Hippie124

    Pa_Hippie124 Member

    only song i liked on " Hotel Cali " is last resort
  14. august_moon

    august_moon Member

    I think it was written while staying at an awesome hotel and having a great time there. definatley under the influence of drugs or alcohol or probably both and the rest of it. you can never leave because even if you do you will always want to go back there and hope to experience that again. calling to the captain is just calling for room service probably, everything is fanatsised. this is my favourite kareoke song, and this is all Ive ever thought of it as!
  15. kayy

    kayy Member

    It's the first song I learnt to sing, 14 yrs ago, it was when I was lonely and with no connection, and my life changed SO MUCH a couple of month after starting to listening to that song, I lost my virginity, I started trying weed & speed, my bf was a drug dealer , I think this song came to me because I decided that my loneliness was killing me, it was good and bad, I don't regret it, it made me allow to open up to other people and to experience things... Even though the guy had been sentenced 12 years, and had done some bad things, but I had just done my catholic school, so it was for me the need to say fuck u to my past.
  16. crummyrummy

    crummyrummy Brew Your Own Beer Lifetime Supporter

    I think it was written protesting the taxation of beer in america.
  17. Terra

    Terra Member

    Hotel California is one of my favourite songs ever. I agree to person who said that it's over-played but for some reason it just doesn't get annoying.

    Now I think this song is about materialism. You can read one very good interpretation here. I also have few quote from Don Henley about it:

  18. crummyrummy

    crummyrummy Brew Your Own Beer Lifetime Supporter

    still is a song about preschoolers peeing all over the place.....

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