Sunday, May 25, 2008

Highway8A Theme Song

Hotel California1

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 her here

Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes bends
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 nineteen sixty nine’
And still those voices are calling from far away,
Wake you up in the middles of the night
Just to hear them say...

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (such a lovely face)
They livin’ it up at the Hotel California
What a nice surprise, bring your alibis
[I used to think it said "when you’re out of ice"]
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.
[Emphasis mine.]

Eagles: Hotel California (lyrics)
Album: Hotel California, 1977

1. Felder, Don, Henley, Don, and Frey, Glen. "Hotel California" (lyrics) perf. by the Eagles. Hotel California (album), Asylum Records, 1976.


ReBecca Hunt-Foster said...

Great song :)

Garry Hayes said...

Great song, echoed. In a different context, I show a picture to my classes of the Hotel Californian in Santa Barbara after the 1925 earthquake...

You can check out any time you like...

Silver Fox said...

...but you can never leave.

Is the Hotel CA in S.B. still standing or in use?

Garry Hayes said...

Here is a link to the hotel after the quake. I think it was the only four-story building in town still standing in the aftermath. I believe it is still standing today.