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A Music Blog (#24: Should have trusted the reviews)

Posted January 4th, 2013 at 06:36 AM by bobandbill
Updated January 22nd, 2013 at 02:27 AM by bobandbill

A song with a decently lengthed guitar solo! (About time)


...But you have to wait until the end of the song to get it. =p That's okay though as the song is pretty good throughout. It's Hotel California by The Eagles, a cool band with a number of good songs. I hope anyone who clicks this actually knows of this song given it is quite well known in general (youtube's millions of views for each video of this support this too), but if you don't... well, worth checking out then. I'll also shake my head and mutter 'shame' at you if you don't know it!


Alternate Link!

Lyrics:
Spoiler:
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 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 middle 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

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
The 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 checkout any time you like,
But you can never leave!

The song has a lot of interpretations (guess how many of those are about drugs!?). The band say it's about a life of fame in general as they experienced it, using the allegory of the guy going to the fancy hotel filled with mirrors and Tiffany-twisted people which turned out to be, as they say, A TRAP. So that's an interesting insight into how they felt life for them was like. =p

The guitar solo is pretty cool imo as far as they go. It's a nice way to end the song.

One interesting fact I found was that the orginal working title was 'Mexican Reggae'. Not a bad name if you ask me!


Bonus: Live version with acoustic guitars! Also comes with a longer guitar intro and worth a listen.


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  1. Old Comment
    Riku's Avatar
    This blog entry makes me happy. Very much so. This is one of the first songs I ever remember and has been one I have thoroughly enjoyed since.
    Posted January 4th, 2013 at 09:04 AM by Riku Riku is offline
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    When I try to listen to this band this is the only song I want to hear and I forget the rest.
    Posted January 4th, 2013 at 01:52 PM by Esper Esper is offline
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    Lozz's Avatar
    Good song, martini! I approve!
    Posted January 4th, 2013 at 03:44 PM by Lozz Lozz is offline
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    bobandbill's Avatar
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Stand Alone View Comment
    This blog entry makes me happy. Very much so. This is one of the first songs I ever remember and has been one I have thoroughly enjoyed since.
    Hurrah, happiness! \o/ It's a favourite of min from many years ago too.
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    When I try to listen to this band this is the only song I want to hear and I forget the rest.
    Aw, the rest is pretty good too! =p But I'll agree that this is probably their best.
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    Good song, martini! I approve!
    So you should!
    Posted January 4th, 2013 at 06:19 PM by bobandbill bobandbill is online now
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    Bay Alexison's Avatar
    Yay, Hotel California! Never tired of that song, lol.
    Posted January 12th, 2013 at 05:27 PM by Bay Alexison Bay Alexison is offline
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Bay Alexison View Comment
    Yay, Hotel California! Never tired of that song, lol.
    With that guitar solo and general music all round, who could? =D
    Posted February 6th, 2013 at 08:33 PM by bobandbill bobandbill is online now
 

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