Hotel California

Words & Music:

Don Henley (The Eagles)

Bm                        F#

On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair

A                      E

Warm smell of colitas rising up through the air

G                         D

Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light

Em                                        F#

My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim; I had to stop for the night

As 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



G                         D             Em                   Bm7

Welcome to the Hotel California. Such a lovely place, such a lovely face

G                                D

Plenty of room at the Hotel California

Em                                      F#

Any time of year (any time of year) you can find it here


Her mind is Tiffany twisted, she got the Mercedes Benz.

She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys and she calls them in.

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."

"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


CHORUS [with new last two lines]

They livin' it up at the Hotel California

What a nice surprise (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

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 nightman, "We are programmed to receive"

"You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave"


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