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Hotel California  Eagles

strum d/d/u/u/d/u

Intro: Bm - F# - A - E - G - D - Em - F# (2X)

F#7 can be played rather than F#.- 242322- barre chord 2

[Bm]On a dark desert highway, [F#]cool wind in my hair
[A]Warm smell of colitas, [E]rising up through the air
[G]Up ahead in the distance, [D]I saw a shimmering light
[Em]My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
[F#]I had to stop for the night
[Bm]There she stood in the doorway,  [F#]I heard the mission bell
[A]And I was thinking to myself this could be [E]heaven or this could be hell
[G]Then she lit up a candle,[D] and she showed me the way
[Em]There were voices down the corridor, [F#]I thought I heard them say:

[G] Welcome to the Hotel Cali[D]fornia
Such a [F#] lovely place... such a [Bm]lovely face
[G] Plenty of room at the Hotel Cali[D]fornia
Any [Em]time of year... you can [F#]find it here

[Bm]Her mind is Tiffany twisted, [F#]she got the Mercedes bends, uh!
[A]She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys [E]that she calls friends
[G]How they dance in the courtyard, [D]sweet summer sweat
[Em]Some dance to remember, [F#]some dance to forget
[Bm]So I called up the captain, [F#]"Please bring me my wine," he said
[A]"We haven't had that spirit here since [E]nineteen sixty-nine"
[G]And still those voices are calling from [D]far away
[Em]Wake you up in the middle of the night, [F#]just to hear them say

[G] Welcome to the Hotel Cali[D]fornia
Such [F#]a lovely place...  such a [Bm]lovely face
[G]Livin it up at the Hotel Cali[D]fornia
What a [Em]nice surprise... bring your [F#]alibis
[Bm]Mirrors on the ceiling, [F#]the pink champagne on ice, and she said,
[A]"We are all just prisoners here, [E]of our own device"
[G]And in the master's chambers, [D]they gathered for the feast
[Em]They stab it with their steely knives, but they [F#]just can't kill the beast
  [Bm]Last thing I remember, [F#]I was running for the door
[A]I had to find the passage back to the [E]place I was before
[G]"Relax" said the nightman, "We are [D]programmed to receive"
[Em]"You can check out anytime you like, [F#]but you can never leave"

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A Bm D E Em F# G
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Kannapur (report)

Could someone please help me understand how to read the lead notes?

ATMACDC08 (report)

This isn't from the live album. It's from the original Hotel California album. The Live version is similar but theres no fade and the fills are a little different (Felder's in particular because of his double neck not having the appropriate number of frets) and the end of the solo when it repeats. The second time through it they do some bend thing through it. I havn't quite figured it out well enough to post it yet.

Crush86 (report)

"Her mind is definitely twisted"

Shy Shy (report)

Awesome Possum! Good Job!

krzykat (report)

loving that f#7!

7sons (report)

second chord in the tune is f#7

stud muffin supreme (report)

i like it alot until the solo, its kinda confusing without the spacing for the tabs. all in all it is really cool!

gtar466 (report)

very nice its great around the campfire

mdouvris (report)

Hi all,
I am new and have no idea about the fill/solo lines in the piece. Can someone help me out with an explanation. I am truly sorry if this is dumb, but I want to learn the whole thing..Thanks in advance

CEASER67 (report)


shastawolf (report)

I'm sorry I learned by using my ear and don't know anything about tabs and such...if anyone could lead me to somewhere an ear player might be able to learn reading tabs and such, I'd be very appreciated.

shastawolf (report)

The intro is the same chords for the verses but you have to pick it instead of strumming...listen to the acoustic song for this and you'll here the intro for sounds ok I guess...I'm still fairly new but give it a try..have fun!

BillC83 (report)

nice job, love this song :)

richiegay (report)

Brilliant! Nice and easy to play chords - haven't tried the lead bit . . . yet!!

djhatcher (report)

Replace all the E chords with E9 chords and it will be more correct.

Swampfox&Tommy2Tone (report)

Without any doubt this site is heads and shoulders above anything I have ever found....Very Grateful to the folks who put this quality site together!!

kiowarose (report)

do you have the intro for this?

Dave Lee (report)

The best way to play it that I have found nice work....

beaumontlive (report)

nicely done

krazzyboy (report)

pretty darn fancy...nice!!!

archer135 (report)

cool as

calisun133 (report)

im loving this piece