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Hotel California by Eagles
This is the title track from the 1977 album with lyrics written by Don Felder, Don Henley and Glenn Frey. It was a big hit for the band and won them a Grammy award for Record of the Year.

The lyrics and their meaning have been the subject of many a discussion over the years due to their abstract nature but Don Henley described it as, ``...basically a song about the dark underbelly of the American dream and about excess in America...'' and described it as, ``...our interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles.''

The song tells the story of a traveller checking into a hotel which appears to be the ultimate in luxury with every need catered for. However, we're soon left questioning whether such an idyllic resort would actually be all it promises to be with lines such as, `You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.' The song's popularity has led to many Eagles fans putting their own spin on the lyrics and common interpretations include Hotel California being run by cannibals; being some kind of devil worship venue; or about a mental hospital.

Co-writer Don Felder gave his version of how the song came to be written by explaining that they'd driven into Los Angeles for the first time at night. ``None of us are from California...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...''

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
Then 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 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 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"

Источник: http://www.faqs.org/lyrics/The-Eagles-Hotel-California.html
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