Hotel California (Album Hotel California) by Eagles Lyrics
Album: Hotel California
Genre: Soft rock
Lyrics by: Don Felder, Glenn Frey and Don Henley
Released: December 8, 1976
40 years before, Eagles released this day their fifth studio album and their best-selling record with more than 32 million copies sold around the world. Nine months before this release, the American rock band had shown the second single that gave the title to this album.
The famous solo guitar is considered the best one of all times. The lyrics was written to three hands among Don Felder, Glenn Frey and Don Henley. EFE has just remembered when Frey told to BBC in 1992 that the unexpected success of the album destroyed the group. Everything done by American group before of that song and entire record was almost forgotten.
Frey said as BBC and The Independent: “It marked the reputation of the group and marked our fate. It was no longer fun. We didn’t trust each other anymore and we had dramatic disagreements. Besides, Henley and I had drug problems which didn’t help during that time”.
After the lyrics of Hotel California, it was a big problem to write something better that exceeded that success to the point it cost the separation from the group. They came together again at the middle of 90s and stayed together until Frey’s death last January.
To date, the song continues being listened more than 200 times on UK radio stations each day. The lyrics has had many different interpretations from a reference to American dream to other darkest like a satanic inspiration, but in the documentary “History of the Eagles”, released in 2013, Henley said the lyrics was about a “journey from innocence to experience”. As simple as it sounds!