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
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 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-twisted
She got the Mercedes Benz
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

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face

They're living it up at the Hotel California
What a nice surprise (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"

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Songwriter(s): Glenn Lewis Frey, Don Felder, Donald Hugh Henley, Don Henley
Record Label(s): 1976 Elektra Entertainment for the United States and WEA International Inc for the world outside of the United States
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tom November 30, 2010-15:05

when you compare this song with the drivel that is force-fed to the public nowadays (cheryl cole, derulo, bieber etc)it makes you despair. modern songs are written to sell. this was written to live.
PileOfDirt August 23, 2014-7:42

I think the song might be about guilt on one's subconcous. The idea of "you can check out at any time, but you can never leave" makes me think about what has happened in the past can not be undone, and some of those memories you can't forget and they would haunt you forever. Very touching song, though. I love it.
unnamed October 5, 2012-7:33

I love it,, that's great. I dont know whar can say. thanks to this person who wrote it. it has the biggest meaning I've evet listened.
Josh B April 19, 2012-2:15

Last line is my favorite, basically you can go about your life after heroin or drugs but you will always be addicted and unable to go back to the place you were before. So true
brooklyn April 14, 2012-16:37

This is like a nightmare you can't wake up from...while you are high..lol...but i guess it has many meanings to everyone..all in all its an amazing song!!
ddd April 9, 2012-19:23

bobo i Know that is imatating the eagles cause your comment is not insperational you shoul change your name to bozo
emad June 30, 2011-6:17

welcome to the hotel california is the greatest song ,it reflects the feelings of the people all over the world so its fantastic
Hazz March 11, 2011-2:37

Its hard to geuss where he is,,But the mystery behind makes the song amazing to hear again and again,,,!!
Blnsitr December 11, 2010-3:52

This tune puts todays songs to shame. I heard it when it came out so many times, now I really appreciate it even more now since it is rare to hear it.
BraceFace December 5, 2010-11:45

I dedicate this song to my Papi(: he loved the eagles and this song is jst absolutely perfect for him(:
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