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.

KRD Pravin

Here I am supposed to write about myself. Professionally, I am quite serious and a workaholic; personally I am an individual who enjoys what he does and takes life as it comes. I am passionate about my work and actions and empathetically careful, attached and committed to them. All this makes me a fierce competitive professional and yet a compassionate soul, the Yin and the Yang together. Balancing is the art to be practiced using the middle path. From - http://business2buddha.com/about/


Rummuser · September 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm

The metaphor is that California is like a hotel. You can take a Californian out of California but you can never take California out of Californian. Like many of us Indians overseas. We will go there and make mini Indias and long to return but when in India will complain about everything here.

Did you know that i am a retired hippy? That is a koan. Try and figure it out.

KRD Pravin · September 20, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Dear Uncleji, I agree and understand your point. I was thinking to write about the world as a place and was planning to develop the example of mobile.

I thought that the world being a ‘saray’ e.g. hotel is commonly known concept so what else beyond that concept I think about the song?

Good to know about your being “Retired” Hippy 😀

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