The Eagles — Hotel California (live acoustic)
Album: Hell Freezes Over
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Released: 1994
Length: 6:56
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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 in 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 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
we're 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 check out any time you like,
but you can never leave!
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 freddyfender wrote:
 

 PopKombo wrote:
Possibly the best rock song ever written.

johnjconn wrote:


Right behind "Kung Fu Fighting" and "Feelings"



Had to repost this comment from johnjconn.  Nice!
 
Ha! That made me laugh out loud.
Radio Paradise is a radio station (clue in the name). By definition you will not like every track. If you only want to hear everything you like, only play your own cd’s and vinyl! Bill does a fantastic job of playing mainly things we all like as listeners. I hadn’t heard this version before and liked it. Don’t like the original much but see above.
 

 PopKombo wrote:
Possibly the best rock song ever written.

johnjconn wrote:


Right behind "Kung Fu Fighting" and "Feelings"



Had to repost this comment from johnjconn.  Nice!
That rug really pulled the room together.
To me The Eagles
Hotel California (live acoustic)
  is 8 - Most Excellent
 OceanBlue wrote:
While I truly hate this song with every fiber of my being, I feel obliged to rate a 7 in honor of the recent passing. RIP.

 
Nice show of class given recent events OceanBlue.  Too bad certain others have far less class today.  H8 takes no vacation, I suppose.
 Biscobret wrote:
I hate to be a hater, but I can honestly say that I can go the rest of my life without hearing a single Eagles song ever again.

 
aside from "Take It Easy", I feel the same way.

 
and On The Border
 bc wrote:



 

From the Wikipedia entry of The Big Lebowski:


Burnett was able to secure the rights to the songs by Kenny Rogers and the Gipsy Kings and also added tracks by Captain BeefheartMoondog and the rights to a relatively obscure Bob Dylan song called "The Man in Me". However, he had a tough time securing the rights to Townes Van Zandt's cover of the Rolling Stones' "Dead Flowers", which plays over the film's closing credits. Former Stones manager Allen Klein owned the rights to the song and wanted $150,000 for it. Burnett convinced Klein to watch an early cut of the film and remembers, "It got to the part where the Dude says, 'I hate the fuckin' Eagles, man!' Klein stands up and says, 'That's it, you can have the song!' That was beautiful."


While I truly hate this song with every fiber of my being, I feel obliged to rate a 7 in honor of the recent passing. RIP.
My prayers for that kind of spirit.
I am blasting this song right now, in my office! The is my very favorite version and am so sad to hear of Glenn Frey's passing. It's been a rough month for the world of music! :(
This is a nice version but it is better not to see the video/dvd.
The arrogance is almost touchable. 
RIP Mr Frey
Seen them live and what a night as Paul carrick was support act  so just added to the evening of good tunes .took my gran as it was her first ever stadium gig at tender age of 70 and she was blown away by it .
now no stopping her now,,,!!!!! 
 
Bite me if you want, but I can't see any problem here.  Classic to my ears.
 MassivRuss wrote:
I love this song.  

And I agree with every opinion that The Eagles are trite, saccharin masters of crap. And Henley is a self absorbed buffoon, the musical equivalent of Tom Cruise, a fool convinced of his own transcendent genius.

I love this song, on its own merits, despite the vacuous pretense of its authors.

This arrangement is fucking gorgeous enough to convert any hater. 

Thank you.  
 
Agreed. This arrangement is magic {#Clap}

I love this song.  

And I agree with every opinion that The Eagles are trite, saccharin masters of crap. And Henley is a self absorbed buffoon, the musical equivalent of Tom Cruise, a fool convinced of his own transcendent genius.

I love this song, on its own merits, despite the vacuous pretense of its authors.

This arrangement is fucking gorgeous enough to convert any hater. 

Thank you.  
They can try and check out from playing this song every night, but they can never leave.
I could go the rest of life without hearing thi...oh screw it. It's a rubbery booger on the thumb of the eternal music landscape. This and 'Don't Stop Believing' will sadly never ever go away.
I hate to be a hater, but I can honestly say that I can go the rest of my life without hearing a single Eagles song ever again.

 
aside from "Take It Easy", I feel the same way.