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Old 12-13-2018, 03:51 PM
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Originally Posted by DrDeth View Post
wiki: "According to Glenn Frey's liner notes for The Very Best Of, the use of the word "steely" in the lyric, "They stab it with their steely knives, but they just can't kill the beast," was a playful nod to the band Steely Dan, who had included the lyric "Turn up the Eagles, the neighbors are listening" in their song "Everything You Did".[15] Frey had also said that the writing of the song was inspired by the boldness of Steely Dan's lyrics and its willingness to go "out there",[12] and thought that the song they wrote had "achieved perfect ambiguity."[14]"
Originally Posted by Bryan Ekers View Post
There's plenty of room for interpretation in the Hotel California.
Exactly. "Hotel California" is the Eagles' attempt to write well. Most of their material, while good, was pretty lightweight and direct - and they knew it. "Hotel California" was an attempt, largely successful, to write more metaphorically, iceberg style if you will, with many potential meanings and incisive, cutting language.

When I was a kid, evangelicals preached that the song was about the Church of Satan, and it's not impossible that HC show's reflects some influence of LaVey's crew and their debaucheries. More broadly speaking, the main topic of the song remains the excesses of the 1970s California culture the Eagles found themselves a part of. Drugs, materialism, meaningless sex, general lassitude, the post-hippie Californians craved all these things. The song lends itself to other meanings, though. It's a good piece of work.
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