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HOTEL CALIFORNIA

 

[ Dm - A7 - C - G ]

[ Bb - F - Gm - A7 ]

[Dm] on a dark desert highway

[A7] cool wind in my hair
[C] warm smell of colitas

[G] rising up through the air
[Bb] up ahead in the distance

[F] I saw a shimmering light
[Gm] my head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
[A7] 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

 

[ Bb-F-Gm-Dm ]

[ Bb-F-Gm-A7 ]
[Bb] welcome to the Hotel Cali-

[F] fornia, such a
[Gm] lovely place, such a
[Dm] lovely face
[Bb] plenty of room at the Hotel Cali-

[F] fornia, any
[Gm] time of year, you can

[A7] find it here
 

her mind is Tiffany-twisted

she got the Mercedes bends
she 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

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

 

[ Bb-F-Gm-Dm ]

[ Bb-F-Gm-A7 ]
[Bb] welcome to the Hotel Cali-

[F] fornia, such a
[Gm] lovely place, such a
[Dm] lovely face
[Bb] livin' it up at the Hotel Cali-

[F] fornia, what a
[Gm] nice surprise, bring your

[A7] alibis

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 night man
'we are programmed to receive
you can check out any time you like
but you can never leave

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