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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
What is the song "Hotel California" about?

Hubby says it is drugs

I say it is about a really creepy hotel

What do you think?
post #2 of 17
I cheated and googled it. Don Henley explains what it's really about, and that it's boring. If you REALLY want to know, google: what is "Hotel California" about and click the first link.
post #3 of 17
I looked after I voted and I wasn't too far off. My impression is that it was about indulgences... guilty pleasures if you will be it drugs, wine, women... mostly because of the one lyric "We are all just prisoners here of our own device" paired with all the luxaries mentioned... pink champaigne, pretty boys, etc.
post #4 of 17
I thought it was about the trappings of fame. I read somewhere that Don Henley wrote the song to help him deal with how smothered he felt by being famous and recognized all the time. I could be wrong though.
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by tierre0 View Post
I thought it was about the trappings of fame. I read somewhere that Don Henley wrote the song to help him deal with how smothered he felt by being famous and recognized all the time. I could be wrong though.
I always got the same vibe from it. I guess I'll go Google it now...
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by tierre0 View Post
I thought it was about the trappings of fame. I read somewhere that Don Henley wrote the song to help him deal with how smothered he felt by being famous and recognized all the time. I could be wrong though.
Thats what I always thought about when I heard the song. Rob thought it was about drugs. I guess I shall google it and find out the real, boring meaning!
post #7 of 17
There is a Wikipedia article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotel_California_(song)

This quotes Don Henley as saying that it's "a song about the dark underbelly of the American dream and about excess in America". There's more detail in the article.
post #8 of 17
Having grown up in that area, I always figured it was about the So Cal lifestyle, drugs, liquor, overindulgences, lack of respect for our "elders," just everything we were all experiencing at the time.

I watched a 60 Minutes interview with Don and Glen and their answer was somewhat ambiguous, but that is now and they wrote the song then!
post #9 of 17
I remember hearing that the "steely knives" line was a dig at Steely Dan; but as for the rest of it, I have not a clue
post #10 of 17
I always thought it had something to do with death and overindulgence...
Guess I'm off to Google it too!!!
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by tierre0 View Post
I read somewhere that Don Henley wrote the song to help him deal with how smothered he felt by being famous and recognized all the time.
My guess is that he doesn't really have to worry about that anymore, huh? I couldn't pick the guy out of a line-up!

It's a great song, though!
post #12 of 17
I said drugs because there are loads of songs I really like and my SO always says "do you know that song is about drugs?" "It is!!!" I guess I don't listen close enough
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by EnzoLeya View Post
I said drugs because there are loads of songs I really like and my SO always says "do you know that song is about drugs?" "It is!!!" I guess I don't listen close enough

My hubby says that too! He either says it is about drugs, or he takes a perfectly good song and changes the lyrics to something dirty.
post #14 of 17
Okay, I haven't looked yet at Don Henley's explanation -- but I've always enjoyed the song on three levels:

1. As a good song and a truly great record, just brilliantly produced...

2. ...as a really scary little horror movie in musical form...

3. ...and as a vivid, surreal character sketch of a certain kind of creepy, facelifted, sunbaked older woman who keeps "a lot of pretty, pretty boys," a la Gloria Swanson in "Sunset Boulevard."

Going now to see how far off I am!
post #15 of 17
I think it is about people trying to find happiness in material things and thinking that you have more freedom to do the things that you want when really it is more of a trap because you are not always happy but sometimes it is hard to give up that kind of live because you feel like you need it to be happy and if you don't have those things sometimes it is hard to believe that you can be happy. You can't bring yourself away because you are afraid of taken that chance.


Now I will look it up and see what he intended it to be about
post #16 of 17
Very cool thread!!

Big time Eagles Fan here!!

Never saw them in concert in the early years but have seen them 3 times now since 2000.

They are AWESOME in concert!

The talent alone will just awe you.

ps, I thought it was about drugs & addiction.
post #17 of 17
I thought it was about addiction too... Hmmm! Have to google now.
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