Page 1 of 2
twistedsister
UG Freak
Join date: Mar 2005
3,564 IQ
#1
I heard somewhere that Hotel California was about the devil and worshipping satan and drugs. Is this true? If not, what is the song really about?
FadingRoots
Registered User
Join date: Mar 2006
203 IQ
#2
Nah, it's probably about nothing in particular, beyond what the lyrics say. I dont know for certain what it IS about, but I know it's no more about the devil than Take It Easy is.
You know the bitter comes out better on a stolen guitar
You're the BLESSED, we're the Spiders from Mars!

Member 3 of the "Mick Ronson Is an extremely Awesome Guitar Player" Fanclub. PM ThePurpleRabbit to join.
thegreatindoors
Registered User
Join date: Nov 2005
209 IQ
#3
Henley has said that it is about excess, however it seems it is widely open to intetpretation
Vindicator
Registered User
Join date: Mar 2005
139 IQ
#4
try looking it up on wikipedia...quite a few interesting assumptions...
PatrickJR
Registered User
Join date: Apr 2006
113 IQ
#5
I never did think that. It's Just Hotel California, a great song, that probally doesn't mean shi*
TimiHendrix33
.
Join date: Sep 2005
629 IQ
#7
^Some say


I think it's just about what the lyrics say....
When your body's tired, exercise your mind.
PatrickJR
Registered User
Join date: Apr 2006
113 IQ
#8
Agree. It's all in peoples minds that there is a secrete message and what not. I don't believe none of it unless the artists says so. I mean, you can say it about any song. Why can't the lyrics mean what they mean, no matter how weird that are. If ever Lyric that didn't make sense had a secrete message then the R.H.C.P. have more then anyone!
SpringingOff
Wanna know what I think?
Join date: Mar 2006
1,031 IQ
#9
The song's just about a hotel where this dude checks in, and then he can't escape. He tries to escape, but he realizes that's he's now a part of that hotel forever, and then he corporates with the devil.
One of the members said that in an early interview.

BTW, the drummer is singing that song, right? My brother says that one of the guitar players sings it, but I'm quite sure it's the drummer. Because first of all, I've read somewhere that the drummer sings that song, and secondly, I saw a music video on VH1 for that song and the drummer was singing. I'm just not like TOTTALLY sure?
Did you see the stylish kids in the riot?


Quote by pinheadslts75
I hate AVA. They sound like U2 and Rush getting beat up by Panic at the Fall Out Boy.


:stickpoke
Dæmönika
Mortal Technique
Join date: Mar 2006
4,189 IQ
#10
I thought it was, not so much an attack, but it was impugning the music industry of that area at the time. Hence signing up to "Hotel California" and not being able to leave or get away.
xX*Zeppelin*Xx
jamming econo
Join date: Jul 2005
1,398 IQ
#11
Yeah there are satanic messgaes if you play it backwards, apparently. I did it but didn't find anything- DON'T JUDGE ME.
Tenacious Me
Huh?
Join date: Apr 2006
1,045 IQ
#12
Its all like the story about Stairway.
Quote by thefoldarsoldar
10
you sir, are funny as hell.



Follower of the Church of Gilmour, PM happytimeharry to join
CFlydn9
Who's In A Bunker?
Join date: Oct 2005
214 IQ
#14
I just thought it was aobut a gut who goes to a hotel and cant leave............
Quote by rush4life
Pretty much all of Fox's buddies were a pain in the ass. Falco was such a dick.




Member #13 of the UG Pink Floyd fan club. PM TimiHendrex33 to join.
floppy_dan
Registered User
Join date: May 2005
11 IQ
#15
the meaning of every song is just in the mind of the listener. the writer might have some meaning to it for him but it might mean something completely different to someone else. it just depends on how you relate to the song
Dog Eat Dog
UGs Blues lover
Join date: Apr 2005
111 IQ
#17
Quote by SpringingOff

BTW, the drummer is singing that song, right? My brother says that one of the guitar players sings it, but I'm quite sure it's the drummer. Because first of all, I've read somewhere that the drummer sings that song, and secondly, I saw a music video on VH1 for that song and the drummer was singing. I'm just not like TOTTALLY sure?



I think i was Don Henley (guitarist) who sung that song, The drummer probably does backing vocals, I know he sings backing on "Life in the fast line"
"An eye for an eye, makes the whole world blind"- Mahatma Ghandi
Last edited by Dog Eat Dog at Apr 21, 2006,
barfy2000
Santa?
Join date: Mar 2005
21 IQ
#19
Quote by 159876432
don henley was the drummer, not the guitarist

and he did sing a lot of their songs


They all play the guitar.
Quote by ta too tee
I played with Slash yesterday. It was super cool cuz we played some Nirvana and Britney Spears songs. Good stuff! I also taught him how to play Sweet Child O'Mine
GnRrelease_it
use your illusion
Join date: Jul 2005
482 IQ
#20
A Theory I Once Heard:
a guy has a near-death experience and is stuck in a coma (Hotel California) that he cant "check" out of.

a stretch, i know, but interesting if you listen to the whole thing with that in mind.
Imagine if you were a drummer, and you accidentally picked up two magic wands instead of sticks. There you are, keeping the beat, the next thing you know, your bass player turns into a can of soup.
Jesse Mrau
Registered User
Join date: Aug 2005
148 IQ
#22
Quote by barfy2000
They all play the guitar.

Every member of The Eagles could play any of the instruments to some extent. But Don Henley is primarily the drummer.
Last edited by Jesse Mrau at Apr 22, 2006,
dionysus85
The Hoochie Coochie Man
Join date: Feb 2004
239 IQ
#23
curious; could a song ever be written, where what is said is what its about and nothing more,
IMO its just a story, and the words tell exactly that
"you can check out any time you like but can never leave", is probably just a cool phrase they came up with while writing it, a open-ending to leave the listener wanting more
read a book, they do the same thing at the end of many
Quote by MountainJam
How do i contract brain damage?
barfy2000
Santa?
Join date: Mar 2005
21 IQ
#25
Quote by 159876432
if they were all playing guitar, who was playing drums?


I didn't necessarily mean on that track. Henley did play guitar on some tracks though.
Quote by ta too tee
I played with Slash yesterday. It was super cool cuz we played some Nirvana and Britney Spears songs. Good stuff! I also taught him how to play Sweet Child O'Mine
Danne55
Registered User
Join date: Feb 2005
16 IQ
#26
Quote by SpringingOff
The song's just about a hotel where this dude checks in, and then he can't escape. He tries to escape, but he realizes that's he's now a part of that hotel forever


Can there be a parallell between this and drug addiction... Read the lyrics. It is mostly metaphors for drug addiction. I believe the "Hotel California" is the drug.
Quote by bodyheatseeker
Pay heed to this man, because he speaks the truth.
Dog Eat Dog
UGs Blues lover
Join date: Apr 2005
111 IQ
#27
Quote by Dog Eat Dog
I think i was Don Henley (guitarist) who sung that song, The drummer probably does backing vocals, I know he sings backing on "Life in the fast line"



Whoops i ****ed that up. I believe Don Henley played guitar on hotel california aswell.
"An eye for an eye, makes the whole world blind"- Mahatma Ghandi
Last edited by Dog Eat Dog at Apr 23, 2006,
YlwThunder87
No Whitty Title Here....
Join date: Sep 2004
98 IQ
#28
This song is about drugs imo, probably acid. A few tidbits that suggest this "there were voices down the corridor", "some dance to forget", "and still those voices are calling from far away", "we are all just prisoners here of our own device", "they just can't kill the beast", "running to the door.... passage back to the place I was before.... you can check out any time you like but you can never leave".
Current Rig:
Les Paul Studio Ash
Martin DCX1E Acoustic
50 Watt Valvetronix
Boss ME-50
Calum_Barrow
(the return)
Join date: Apr 2004
1,255 IQ
#29
Quote by barfy2000
I didn't necessarily mean on that track. Henley did play guitar on some tracks though.

He plays guitar with them now anyway, they have someone else on drums.

And Dog Eat Dog, The three guitarists playing on Hotel California are Don Felder (with the EDS-1275), Joe Walsh (with the Tele) and Glenn Frey (acoustic?) IIRC, with Randy Meisner on bass. Henly only plays drums on the track I'm sure.

I love that song though. One of my favourite songs of all time. I hope they play it when I go see them this year.
Double Neck Project - Winner of 2006 GB&C "Best guitar build from scratch", "(Best) Most expensive build" and "Best Idea" awards - FINISHED!

Member #2 of the UG Luthier's club. PM AlGeeEater to join.
get-born
Illegal in 37 States...
Join date: Jan 2006
2,096 IQ
#30
i think its drug addiction, the lyrics really go more with that...
AC/zeppelin/DC
I Salute You
Join date: Apr 2006
800 IQ
#31
Its about a drug addiction....if you read it closely, there are numerous references to drugs and the Hotel California is the drug addiction, "its such a lovely place" and you can never check out.

We went through the song for like 1 hour in english class one day, I love my english teacher!
Dog Eat Dog
UGs Blues lover
Join date: Apr 2005
111 IQ
#32
Quote by Calum_Barrow

And Dog Eat Dog, The three guitarists playing on Hotel California are Don Felder (with the EDS-1275), Joe Walsh (with the Tele) and Glenn Frey (acoustic?) IIRC, with Randy Meisner on bass. Henly only plays drums on the track I'm sure.


OK thanks. also when are you going to see them (what date)?
"An eye for an eye, makes the whole world blind"- Mahatma Ghandi
Calum_Barrow
(the return)
Join date: Apr 2004
1,255 IQ
#33
26th June at the MEN
Double Neck Project - Winner of 2006 GB&C "Best guitar build from scratch", "(Best) Most expensive build" and "Best Idea" awards - FINISHED!

Member #2 of the UG Luthier's club. PM AlGeeEater to join.
Dog Eat Dog
UGs Blues lover
Join date: Apr 2005
111 IQ
#34
^That would be great. Have fun!
"An eye for an eye, makes the whole world blind"- Mahatma Ghandi
opera_jade
Registered User
Join date: Apr 2006
10 IQ
#35
Okay, i've heard that the original group (without joe walsh) was apart of a satanic cult, but didn't know what it was for a long time, and when they finally found out, they got out of it REAL quick. But... that's just what i've heard.
TwistedLogic
YaddaYaddaBlahBlahBlah
Join date: Jun 2004
183 IQ
#37
my guess is that the song is about infidelity in marriage or a serious relationship. NOt to hard to see it in that way if you take the lyrics literally. The whole devil thing is stupid.

it is not about drugs. Lets look at the lyrics;
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


The above could refer to a rich woman (mercedes) with lots of pretty boys who she plays with in her spare time making sweet summer sweat. Some dance to remember.... could refer those who wish to feel love (remember) or to forget about a troubled relationship ( to forget)

Next:
?we haven?t had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine?
Sixty nine; as in the sexual position, of which I am a big fan

Next:
They livin? it up at the hotel california
What a nice surprise, bring your alibis

Alibis: as in needing a good story to tell your wife or girlfriend about where you have been lately.

Next:
Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice
And she said ?we are all just prisoners here, of our own device?

Mirrors in the ceiling is classic 70's sex reference and the part of being prisoners is the need to feel love. Prisoner of the desire to be needed.

Next:
?relax,? said the night man,
We are programmed to receive.
You can checkout any time you like,
But you can never leave!

This part ( you can never leave ) could refer to the issue of those who have been unfaithful in a relationship are tied to the lies that they have to tell their wives or girlfriend. Tell a lie, well you better remember it because you are going to have to repeat it for a long time, so get it right and stick to the first lie.
Last edited by TwistedLogic at Apr 26, 2006,
Ozp
Registered User
Join date: Aug 2005
55 IQ
#38
The drummer was singing when i saw them playing Hotel California on TOTP2. i'm not really sure what the lyrics mean, i just like listening to songs and get the feeling from the music as a whole rather than deciphering the lyrics.
guitarfreak79
Registered User
Join date: Apr 2006
140 IQ
#39
i think that its a great song and that when you are listening to a great song nothing else matters
Punk is musical freedom. It's saying, doing and playing what you want.

-Kurt Cobain-
: