Sociology Index

Eagles

Hotel California was our interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles. It was really about the excesses of American culture and certain girls we knew. But it was also about the uneasy balance between art and commerce. - Don Henley.

Hotel California

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'

Glenn Frey: "That record explores the under belly of success, the darker side of Paradise. Which was sort of what we were experiencing in Los Angeles at that time. So that just sort of became a metaphor for the whole world and for everything you know. And we just decided to make it Hotel California. So with a microcosm of everything else going on around us."

Don Henley: "We were all middle-class kids from the Midwest. Hotel California was our interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles.

Don Henley in the London Daily Mail November 9, 2007 said: "Some of the wilder interpretations of that song have been amazing. It was really about the excesses of American culture and certain girls we knew. But it was also about the uneasy balance between art and commerce."