The Eagles are not saying 'colitas'. They are saying "Goleta's" - a town on the Southern California coast "The warm smell of Goleta's rising in the air".
Don't believe everything you read on lyrics websites.
per wikipedia: Goleta ( /ɡəˈliːtə/; Spanish: ɡoˈleta, "schooner") is a city in southern Santa Barbara County, California, USA. It was incorporated as a city in 2002, after a long period as the largest unincorporated, populated area in the county. As of the 2000 census, the Census-designated place (CDP) had a total population of 55,204, however, a significant portion of the census territory of 2000 did not incorporate into the new city. The population was 29,888 at the 2010 census.
It is known for being near the University of California, Santa Barbara campus, although the CDP of Isla Vista is closer.
The warm smell of Goleta's rising in the air. Not 'colitas'
A marajuana bud (word used in hotel california)
NOT made up by the Eagles.
Warm smell of colitas rising up in the air
Colitas, "Little Tails", or its slang, "Little Buds".
On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair, warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air...
This part of the lyrics of the song "Hotel California", by the Eagles, brought on curiosity about the word, as the bigger quest for understanding the entire song itself has met with as many "ideas" as to its meaning... but...
The word "colitas" means literally, "Little Tails", thus use of the slang, "colitas", (as referenced in the song) meaning the burning of little marijuana 'tails/buds'.
Literal Meaning is "little tails"
Slang meanings as follows...
1. End buds of the marijuana plant.
2. Has been used to reference a part of the female anatomy, (use your imagination)
3. A person's butt.
Reference material for my definition was confirmed from Eagles management, as follows:
Irving Azoff a manager for the group: during the writing of the song 'Hotel California' by Messrs. Henley and Frey, the word `colitas' was translated for them by their Mexican-American road manager as 'little buds.
1. warm smell of colitas rising up through the air.
2. She has a hot colita.
3. Get your colita over here.
A wonderful pine smelling canabis that is grown in the mountains of Northern California. When smoked it gives the warm smell of christmas trees. The buds are long and very clean. Some of the best weed I have ever had the pleasure of smoking. It had a very strong level of THC and gave a powerful buzz. Back in "78" it was a hot comodity don't even know if it is still around.
Eagles tune "Hotel California" On a dark desert highway cool wind in my hair. Warm smell of "Colitas" rising up through the air.
Featured in the song "Hotel California" by The Eagles, Colitas have been repeatedly defined by Don Henley and Don Felder as "desert flowers", the Colita de Rata, or Wild Buckwheat.
A perennial up to one foot 30.5 cm tall, favoring dry rocky slopes, Wild buckwheat has a basal whorl of grayish spoon-shaped leaves. Creamy white flowers form in clusters on the stem.
On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair. Warm smell of colitas rising up through the air.
Colitas: A type of sage (plant) indigenous to the desert southwest of North America. Other common names, Antelope Sage, James' buckwheat, horticultural name "Eriogonum jamesii". This is NOT a form of canaabus.
When warmed by the desert sun colitas releases a pleasant odor that is considered by locals to be uniquely American. The use of the name in the lyrics of Eagles song Hotel California is a reference to a feeling that is uniquely American and to a fatigue that is common to residents of the desert southwest.
is a word used in the song "Hotel California". Its a Spanish word for "Little Tails" and that is in refernce to the buds of marijuana plant.
"...warm smell of colitas rising up through the air..."
According to Irving Azoff (Eagles management),
"During the writing of the song 'Hotel California,' by Don Henley and Glenn Frey, the word 'colitas' was improperly translated for them by their Mexican-American road manager as 'little buds.'
Colitas is little tails, but here the author could also be hinting at 'colas,' the tip of a marijuana branch, where it is more potent and with more sap — said to be the best part of the leaves."
On a dark desert highway cool wind in my hair. Warm smell of colitas rising up through the air.