Ten Hits with Song Meanings You Never Expected

The Eagles

“Hotel California”—The Eagles

For many years (and perhaps even now still), people believed that “Hotel California” by The Eagles focused on satanism or the Devil Himself. Some people have cited the album’s cover art for their reasoning behind this theory; others bring up the line “they just can’t kill the beast” from the song itself, saying that members of The Eagles themselves may be satanic worshipers. None of that appears to be true, however, as band members Don Henley and Glenn Frey have stated the song is really metaphorically describing excess in America and the Los Angeles high life that the band experienced.

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Chris is a graduate of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he majored in English and FIlm. He has been writing for TVOvermind and Uncoached for two years and has written about numerous different television shows and pop culture topics. Contact him through Twitter (@ckinger13)
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