Song: Hotel California

Band: Eagles
Composed By: Don Felder, Don Henley, Glenn Frey

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Bm                        F#7
On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
A                     E7
Warm smell of colitas rising up through the air
G                         D

Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
Em                                        F#7
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim; I had to stop for the night.

Bm                              F#7
There she stood in the doorway; I heard the mission bell
A                                            E7
And I was thinking to myself, "This could be Heaven or this could be Hell"
G                        D

Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way
Em                                  F#7
There were voices down the corridor I thought I heard them say...

G                        D 
Welcome to the Hotel California... 
       F#7                                      Bm        F#7(on C#)Bm(on D)
Such a lovely place,(such a lovely place)such a lovely face...
G                               D

Plenty of room at the Hotel California... 
    Em                                     F#7
Any time of year,(any time of year)you can find it here...


Bm                           F#7
Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes Bends
A                                     E7
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys, that she calls friends
G                                D

How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat
Em                      F#7
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget

Bm                           F#7
So I called up the Captain, "Please bring me my wine"
          A                                     E7
He said, "We haven't had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine"
G                                       D

And still those voices are calling from far away,
Em                                     F#7
Wake you up in the middle of the night just to hear them say...

G                        D 
Welcome to the Hotel California... 
       F#7                                      Bm        F#7(on C#)Bm(on D)
Such a lovely place,(such a lovely place)such a lovely face...
G                                  D

They livin' it up at the Hotel California... 
       Em                                             F#7
What a nice surprise,(what a nice surprise)bring your alibis...

Bm                      F#7
Mirrors on the ceiling, the pink champagne on ice
              A                               E7
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

Bm                           F#7
Last thing I remember, I was running for the door
A                                 E7
I had to find the passage back to place I was before
G                                   D

"Relax" said the night man, "We are programmed to receive.
Em                                   F#7
You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave".

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  • Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975

    Genre: Pop/Rock Album Duration: 43:11

    Release Date: February 17, 1976

    Moods: Amiable/Good-Natured, Laid-Back/Mellow, Plaintive, Cynical/Sarcastic, Gentle, Searching, Sentimental, Atmospheric, Autumnal, Bittersweet, Bravado, Calm/Peaceful, Cheerful, Earnest, Melancholy, Nocturnal, Organic, Poignant, Reflective, Rollicking, Romantic, Rousing, Smooth, Snide, Soothing, Summery, Warm, Wistful, Yearning, Relaxed, Soft/Quiet, Sweet, Acerbic, Detached

    Styles: Album Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Country-Rock, Soft Rock

    Themes: Road Trip

  • Hotel California

    Genre: Pop/Rock Label: Rhino Album Duration: 43:28

    Release Date: December 8, 1976

    Moods: Acerbic, Cynical/Sarcastic, Reflective, Searching, Yearning, Calm/Peaceful, Earnest, Gentle, Laid-Back/Mellow, Poignant, Sentimental, Soothing, Wistful

    Styles: Album Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Country-Rock, Soft Rock

  • Hotel California/Desperado

    Genre: Pop/Rock Label: Take 2 Song Duration on Album: 6:30 Album Duration: 01:23:21

    Release Date: 1976

    Moods: Literate, Acerbic, Ambitious, Angst-Ridden, Autumnal, Bittersweet, Cynical/Sarcastic, Laid-Back/Mellow, Melancholy, Nocturnal, Organic, Plaintive, Poignant, Reflective, Relaxed, Rousing, Rustic, Searching, Sentimental, Soft/Quiet, Soothing, Warm, Wistful, Yearning, Earnest, Swaggering

    Styles: Album Rock, Hard Rock, Soft Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Country-Rock

    Themes: Hanging Out, Road Trip

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