SLS ~ Location

Song Lyric Sunday

Jim Adams hosts our wonderful Song Lyric Sunday and today he’s given us a different type of prompt. We’re to find a song about our hometown or a city/place we vibe to. I was born in Sleepy Hollow, NY and moved around a lot (a lot!). I don’t feel connected to New York any longer. Sometimes I talk about Chicago, but I haven’t visited since I left in 1983. I liked Sedona, Arizona and Portland, Oregon, but I can’t really say right now I feel anything that special toward them. I thought about this assignment quite a bit and concluded that after all these years I have finally become a California girl! I don’t want to be anywhere else. πŸ’–

So, it is appropriate that my song for today is not only my favorite song about California but also one of my favorite songs generally! It would be a disservice to post a few tidbits about this great piece of music, so I encourage you to visit this link and read the entire article.

Hotel California

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 thinkin’ 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, uh
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 1969”
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”


Image credit to Jim Adams.

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17 responses to “SLS ~ Location

  1. Love Hotel California, it is meant to be belted out with a drink in hand. Thank you!

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  2. One of my all time favorites Paula. Who knew you were a California girl? This is a great prompt today πŸ’•πŸ™‚

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  3. I know that you said that you originated from New York, but I will always consider you to be a California girl Paula.

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  4. Next to “Desperado”, “Hotel California” is my favorite Eagles song. Being a California Girl now, you probably could have done the Beach Boys too. πŸ™‚

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  5. There’s something about California that is mystical for those who have never lived there. It is the place where dreamers go. Good song choice for The Golden State.

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  6. Fantastic song! Much better choice than David Lee Roth singing Wish They All Could Be California GirlsπŸ™„πŸ˜‚

    Isn’t it funny how different the reality of SoCal is from myth? And NoCal is like a completely different place.

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  7. Super song – a favorite! πŸ™‚

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