Hotel California chords & lyrics

by The Eagles

  • Hotel California was written by Don Felder, Glenn Frey and Don Henley from the band 'The Eagles'.
  • Recorded: 1976
  • Released: February, 1977 from the album of the same name.
  • Music: Key of B Minor in 4/4 time at 74 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: Bm, F#, A, E, G, D, Em

Hotel California by The Eagles

Intro: 4/4 
   ||:  Bm  |  F#  |  A  |  E  |  G  |  D  |  Em  |  F#  :|| x2

 Bm                            F#
1. On a dark de-sert high-way___ Cool wind in my hair
 A                          E
   Warm smell of col-i-tas___ Ris-ing up through the air
 G                             D
   Up a-head in the dis-tance___ I saw a shim-mer-ing light
 Em                                           F#
   My head grew hea-vy and my sight grew dim___ I had to stop for the night

 Bm                                 F#
2. There she stood in the door-way___ I heard the mis-sion bell
 A                                                  E
   And I was thin-king to my-self___ This could be Hea-ven or this could be  Hell
 G                            D
   Then she lit up a can-dle___ And she showed me the way
 Em                                        F#
   There were voi-ces down the cor-ri-dor___ I thought I heard them say

       G                             D
Chorus: Welcome to the Ho-tel Cal-i-for-nia
                F#                                               Bm
        Such a love-ly place (Such  a  love-ly place)___ Such a love-ly face
         G                                   D
        Plen-ty of room at the Ho-tel Cal-i-for-nia
             Em                                         F#
        Any time of year (Any time of year)___ You can find it here

 Bm                                  F#
3. Her mind is ‘Tif-fa-ny twist-ed’___ She got the Mer-ce-des bends___ (ooh)
 A                                        E
   She got a lot of pret-ty pret-ty boys___ She calls friends
 G                                       D
   How they dance in the court-yard___ Sweet sum-mer sweat
 Em                          F#
   Some dance to re-mem-ber___ Some dance to for-get

 Bm                              F#
4. So I called up the Cap-tain___ “Please bring me my wine"
           A                                            E
   He said, "We have-n't had that spi-rit here___ Since  nine-teen six-ty nine"
 G                                            D
   And still those voi-ces are cal-ling from far a-way
 Em                                         F#
   Wake you up in the mid-dle of the night___ Just to hear them say-ay

       G                             D
Chorus: Welcome to the Ho-tel Cal-i-for-nia
                F#                                             Bm
        Such a love-ly place (Such a love-ly place)___ Such a love-ly face
                 G                                 D
        They’re liv-in' it up at the Ho-tel Cal-i-for-nia
                Em                                                  F#
        What a nice sur-prise (what a nice sur-prise)___ Bring your al-i-bis

 Bm                         F#
5. Mir-rors on the ceil-ing___ The pink cham-pagne on ice
                A                                    E
   And she said  "We are all just pris-on-ers  here___ Of our own device"
 G                                 D
   And in the mas-ter's cham-bers___ They ga-thered for their feast
 Em                                                    F#
   They stab it with their steel-y knives___ But they just can't kill the beast

 Bm                                F#
6. Last thing I re-mem-ber___ I was  run-ning for the door
 A                                             E
   I had to find the pas-sage back___ To the place I was be-fore
 G                                      D
  "Relax" said the night man___ "We are  pro-grammed to re-ceive
 Em                                      F#    
   You can check-out a-ny time you like___ But you can ne-ver leave!"

   ||:  Bm  |  F#  |  A  |  E  |  G  |  D  |  Em  |  F#  :|| x4
                                                          ...repeat & fade or end on Bm

B Minor

Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4 : Notes played
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string

Right-Handed Chord Tabs

           Bm                  F#                   A                   E 
    e |-1-|---|---|     e |-1-|---|---|     e |---|---|---|     e |---|---|---|
    B |-1-|-2-|---|     B |-1-|---|---|     B |---|-3-|---|     B |---|---|---|
    G |-1-|---|-4-|     G |-1-|-2-|---|     G |---|-2-|---|     G |-1-|---|---|
    D |-1-|---|-3-|     D |-1-|---|-4-|     D |---|-1-|---|     D |---|-3-|---|
    A |-1-|---|---|     A |-1-|---|-3-|     A |---|---|---|     A |---|-2-|---|
    E |---|---|---|x    E |-1-|---|---|     E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|
Frets   2   3   4           2   3   4           1   2   3           1   2   3

            G                   D                  Em 
    e |---|---|-3-|     e |---|-2-|---|     e |---|---|---|
    B |---|---|---|     B |---|---|-3-|     B |---|---|---|
    G |---|---|---|     G |---|-1-|---|     G |---|---|---|
    D |---|---|---|     D |---|---|---|     D |---|-2-|---|
    A |---|-1-|---|     A |---|---|---|x    A |---|-1-|---|
    E |---|---|-2-|     E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|
Frets   1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3 

Left-Handed Chord Tabs 

          Bm                  F#                  A                   E
    |---|---|-1-| e     |---|---|-1-| e     |---|---|---| e     |---|---|---| e
    |---|-2-|-1-| B     |---|---|-1-| B     |---|-3-|---| B     |---|---|---| B
    |-4-|---|-1-| G     |---|-2-|-1-| G     |---|-2-|---| G     |---|---|-1-| G
    |-3-|---|-1-| D     |-4-|---|-1-| D     |---|-1-|---| D     |---|-3-|---| D
    |---|---|-1-| A     |-3-|---|-1-| A     |---|---|---| A     |---|-2-|---| A
   x|---|---|---| E     |---|---|-1-| E    x|---|---|---| E     |---|---|---| E
      4   3   2           4   3   2           3   2   1           3   2   1   Frets
          G                   D                  Em
    |-3-|---|---| e     |---|-2-|---| e     |---|---|---| e
    |---|---|---| B     |-3-|---|---| B     |---|---|---| B
    |---|---|---| G     |---|-1-|---| G     |---|---|---| G
    |---|---|---| D     |---|---|---| D     |---|-2-|---| D
    |---|-1-|---| A    x|---|---|---| A     |---|-1-|---| A
    |-2-|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E     |---|---|---| E
      3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1   Frets


  • Level Of Ease: Easy - if you just want to strum along, the song is very easy to play.
  • Song Key: Bm minor (2 sharps - F# C#) - relative minor of D major (share the same notes and the same key signature)
  • The Intro to this song is probably one of the most famous of all time. It has a very distinct sound, and if you play it on a 12 string guitar and use the same picking style, it sounds amazing. The guitar TAB for the first 8 bars looks like this... notice the slight chord alterations to suit the picking notes, F#7, Asus2 and E9.

    Hotel California TAB - Intro

  • If there are 2 of you playing, one guitarist can play the normal chords in Bm while the other guitarist plays in Em with the capo on the 7th fret... sounds great.
  • This is a great song to have in your repertoire. It is The Eagles' signature song, and with good reason.
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