I'm new here so I apologize beforehand if there is already a thread like this I'm not aware of. I guess the purpose of this thread in a nutshell would be to discuss what you think a songwriter is trying to say.... or what you get from the lyrics. I was driving home from work the other day when the song 'Hotel California' came on the radio. I asked the person sitting in the passenger seat what they thought the song was about. So a discussion like that is basically what I aim for. Here are the lyrics for the one person who has probably never heard the song: Hotel California 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 it here 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 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 They 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 checkout any time you like, But you can never leave! Feel free to chime in, add your own songs, whatever. And I really have no thoughts about what this song might mean but I'm pretty sure it is not to be taken at face value. The most off the wall interpretation I have ever heard is that it's about a man in a car accident (the shimmering light) who finds himself trapped in some kind of bizarre, subjective afterlife from which there is no escape.