Hotel California

The Eagles

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

Chorus 1
   Welcome to the Hotel California
   Such a lovely place (such a lovely place)
   Such a lovely face
   Plenty of room at the Hotel California
   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, 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

Chorus 2
   Welcome to the Hotel California
   Such a lovely place (such a lovely place)
   Such a lovely face
   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 night man, We are programmed to receive
You can check out any time you like But you can never leave!