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I heard this song recently, now writing about it! The most important line which attracted me to watch/read and listen to this song was –
“…You can checkout any time you like,
But you can never leave!” (perhaps only your body once you are dead)

When I read the lyrics I noticed even further interesting parts –
1. ‘…we are all just prisoners here, of our own device…’
2. ‘…this could be heaven or this could be hell…’ (my earlier blog)
3. …stab with steely knives but they cannot kill the beast… (felt like singer is trying to say – it is difficult to kill the beast within and with all the paraphernalia available the beast is becoming unmanageable e.g. prisoners of devices etc)

Taking an example of Mobile phones, as devices and prisoners. Is not it true, if you think about 1995 (India) who felt that Mobile phones are very important. Now, mobiles are indispensable. I still strongly think that we can live without mobiles too, however how difficult it is to be without mobile?

I also read that this song was a rage, I think that duration was a Hippy movement, and youngsters of that generation were more indulgent, rebellions and disillusioned by the reality of that time. I am trying to relate to the Hotel California, the prisoners, beast, heaven/hell and the checkout system… and the realities we are leaving in.