The Eagles – Hotel California

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老鷹合唱團的 Hotel California 是一首很好聽又很有畫面的歌,充滿早期加州那種紙醉金迷的迷幻感,而且聽過其他版本之後,我發現我還是最喜歡老鷹合唱團的版本。

這首歌出來沒多久之後大家就一直在猜測這個 Hotel California 代表的是什麼意思,有人認為說他代表的是撒旦的信徒,因為它充滿了瘋狂、吸毒、誘惑;有人認為這指得其實是加州洛杉磯附近某所精神病院;甚至也有人說 Hotel California 的主人其實就是 Aleister Crowley,因為 Crowley 的綽號就是 The Beast;但一般認為這其實是在描寫美國那紙醉金迷又有點墮落的享樂主義。

Hotel California

by The Eagles

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 place)
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the Hotel California
Any time of year (any time of year) you can find it here

Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes Benz
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 place)
Such a lovely face
They livin’ it up at the Hotel California
What a nice surprise (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
They 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 check out any time you like
But you can never leave!

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