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#, F#7, A, Asus2, E, E9, 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!" Outro ||: Bm | F# | A | E | G | D | Em | F# :|| x4 ...repeat & fade or end on Bm
Numbered Circles: Chord fingering - number inside circle indicates which finger to use
White Numbered Circles: Optional Notes
Unmarked strings: Play open
X: Don't play string
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings
R: Root Note
Right Handed Charts:
Left Handed Charts:
- 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.
- 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.
- You can replace F#, E and Em with F#7, E7 and Em7 respectively.
- This is a great song to have in your repertoire. It is The Eagles' signature song, and with good reason.