That was a really good live performance, very similar to the studio version. Glenn Frey isn't singing though, which makes a big difference. I know he died of a long term illness in 2016 so I wonder if he perhaps already wasn't well when this was recorded in 1998.
This is a pretty clever explanation about what the song could be about, with memes for every verse.
It could mean several things, such as a bad drug trip, but I think it could also mean that he's actually in hell, especially because of the last line of the song that he can check out, but can never leave.
Marcus Lundgren's answer: Nobody seems to be able to agree on the exact meaning of the song. Not even the members of the Eagles themselves. But no matter what the actual meaning is, I think it’s pretty obvious that the words are meant to be taken metaphorically, rather than literally. What woul...
I think it’s a little deeper than that. My sense is that it’s not about (literal) hell or a drug trip but more… discovering the rock star life, the partying, the drugs, the enthusiasm. The lifestyle is a drug in itself for many and the narrative to me says it’s that descent into the lifestyle, the loss of innocence, the gaining of experience and the price for it.
After all, once you’re famous, you’re never free any more.
I meant to post thsi earlier, but controversially, my favourite Eagles song is not Hotel California (though it is easily my *second* favourite)...
My favourite is this little number:
Which was later used by Douglas Adams & co as the theme tune to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (I believe for both the radio and TV editions, definitely the TV edition but it's been a while since I listened to the radio edition...)
But seriously, it's quite a surprise to find out that the theme tune to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was derived from this. I do like that refrain, although the rest of the track doesn't do much for me.