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    Eagles Hotel California Beverly Hills Hotel, Not Camarillo
    PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2004 8:24 pm Reply with quote
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    Check Out the Evening Panorama of The Beverly Hills Hotel in the postcards section:

    Then look at the Album cover of the Eagles Hotel California Album:
    Link Here to Hotel California

    Hmmm. Yep same place.

    Many people have believed that Hotel California was a euphemism for Camarillo State Hospital, a California State mental institution northwest of Los Angeles. This may be the case. However, you can see by pictures of the now renamed site, that although close, the bell tower is slightly different. The Beverly Hills hotel has one arch under the cupola dome, like the so name Hotel California. The Camarillo State Hospital, now California State University Channel Islands, Bell Tower has an arch, with a porthole above it, and then is topped by a dome.

    See here:

    The song still will always be about a bout with mental illness to me. The trying to kill the beast by stabbing it with their steely knives is a lobotomy. "Some Dance to Remember, Some Dance to Forget" is Shock treatment.

    It would be easy to make the mistake, even growing up in Camarillo. You would not really ever see or stay at the Beverly Hills hotel, since it was only 45 minutes away by freeway. And, unless you worked at Camarillo State Hospital, you really never went on the grounds. The campus is in a secluded valley, far from the cities of Camarillo and Oxnard. It would be easy to take a sketchy memory of the tower and transpose it onto the record album. The Beverly Hills Hotel and the Camarillo Bell Tower are both Southern California "mission style" buildings.

    Lyrics (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 place (background)
    Such a lovely face
    Plenty of room at the Hotel California
    Any time of year
    Any time of year (background)
    You can find it here
    You can find it here

    Her mind is Tiffany twisted
    She's got the Mercedes bends
    She's 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 (background)
    Such a lovely face
    They're livin' it up at the Hotel California
    What a nice surprise
    What a nice surprise (background)
    Bring your alibies

    Mirrors on the ceiling
    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 nightman
    We are programed to recieve
    You can check out any time you like
    But you can never leave
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