Hotel California is written by a band called the eagles. There is much agurement of the overall meaning. What i have pulled out of the song is being trapped in fame, for example you can check out anytime you like but you can never leave (meaning you wont be left alone/forgotten). Another line in this song is up ahead in the distance I saw a shimmering light, meaning being drawn in by the beauty and money and wanting it all. Such a lovely place, meaning a lovely life that only the bystanders see. I was thing to myself this could be heaven or hell, being good or bad. Basically overall saying the horrors behind the scenes the bystanders dont see. I had to find the passage back to the place i was before, finally realizing they did not want this after all.
Hotel California

A song realizing what they want and now cant handle
by Cozi.tan May 26, 2015
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1)The most kick-ass song on Earth!
2)An imagionary place made up by The Eagles. It sounds so freakin awsome!
2)I want to go to the hotel california!
by Barqs October 10, 2004
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A point in time in a man or woman's life wear the man/woman sees the reality of his/her world and rather than maintaining a life that is one of consumerism (9-5, pressures with being famous: whatever really troubles them about society) they just check into Hotel California, a vacation/getaway of drugs to alleviate the pressures and bs today's society throws at you that fucks with your brain because you can see past everything but can't understand why people are the way they are.
Bill O'Reilly's/ FOX News contaminates my brethren's brains and they will be unable to easily look past differences, guess I gotta check into Hotel California again.
by Analomous December 20, 2013
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California state prison facility, usually a level 3 or 4 yard (medium to high security) or else the SHU. References the Eagles' classic song, particularly the line "you can check out any time you want, but you can never leave."
CO: "Welcome to Hotel California bitches!"
by tommythegun December 31, 2007
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A historic residence in LA torn down in 94'. Not a Hotel proper. It's a song by the Eagles with encrypted and well crafted messages using metaphor and play on words etc to convey a 1969 tragic event in such a way that only certain enlightened listeners can understand.
The Hotel on us in exchange for snitch money and this occurred in California. Eagles did not want to use La La Land to pin down the location and risk linking the incident to other artists who referenced the same historic event referred to as the Hotel California.
by Cody333 January 2, 2015
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1. A song made famous by the Eagles; one of the most recognizable songs of their career.
2. One of the few songs to give me nightmares as a child due to the imagery the song induced.
3. One of my all-time favorite songs by ANY band.

To me, the song represents a first time using drugs that goes HORRIBLY wrong.

Allow me to clarify. In the first verse, the lines "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" is where he meets the woman who introduces him to this new drug and convinces him to use it. The next lines "Then she lit up a candle / And she showed me the way" is where she actually helps him to use this drug, as he's unfamiliar with it.

In the third verse, the high takes a fast turn for the worse. "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" marks where the hallucinations take a darker, frightening turn.

"Last thing I remember / I was running for the door" is his natural reaction of trying to escape the horror. "I had to find the passage back / To the place I was before" is the futility of trying to escape the place his mind was dragged to.

"'Relax,' said the night man / 'We are programmed to receive / You can check out any time you like / But you can never leave'" are the final lines to the song, and feed into the paranoia the drugs have induced along with the hallucination.
Hotel California gave me nightmares as a child.
by schizonephilim October 27, 2018
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