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Hotel California

Hotal California 真的是指旅店?另有人說是指戒毒所、精神病院,甚至是音樂界、洛杉機生活、美國社會。
The Eagles 在被多次追問後的一個回答:“歌曲如同小說一樣,離開了作者之後,就要由讀者去理解。”
“You can checkout anytime you like,
but you can never leave!”
我的理解是:旅店的生活就是 The Eagles 組成樂隊在樂壇裡打滾的寫照。
曲中“她”這個角色,應該不是單純指男人生命旅程中的伴侶那般簡單,而是引導歌手進入旅店的人,是歌手在旅店內的嚮導兼伴侶,像是歌手要有“她”作伴才會在旅店內逗留。我看不出洛杉機生活或美國社會中,有這個角色的存在。雖然戒毒所、精神病院裡,需要有人領導,但不是那樣的關係。
我覺得“她”有點像是樂迷,可惜這些樂迷也喜愛其他樂隊 that she called friends,這些樂迷與其他樂隊的交流就是 dances。Caption 是經理人,Spirit 當然是精神,Master's chamber 是頒獎台,feast 便是頒獎禮,steely knife 是獎座,beast 是黑幕還是虛榮呢?
The Eagles 可以拆夥,但他們永遠是 The Eagles。“They can never leave.”
大師級的音樂家畫家詩人等藝術家,沒有一個會解釋自己的作品,我看到什麼的就是什麼,你看到什麼的就是什麼。正所謂“知音難覓”,大家是否知音,就要看緣份了。

Hotel California (The Eagles)

Words & Music by Glenn Frey, Don Felder & Don Henley
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 face
Plenty of room at the Hotel California
Any time of year, you can find it here

Her mind got Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes bends
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys, that she called friends
How they danced 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 face
They livin' it up at the Hotel California
What a nice surprise, bring you 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 were gathered for the feast
They stabed 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 checkout anytime you like,
but you can never leave!

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