「音乐」Welcome to the 《Hotel California》

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《Hotel California》是二十世纪七十年代美国著名乡村摇滚乐队Eagles老鹰乐队)的巅峰之作,单曲发行于1977年2月,收录在乐队第五张录音室专辑《Hotel California》中。歌曲在The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time中排列第49位,2004年《Guitar World》杂志评选的100 Greatest Rock Guitar Solos中排行第八。

LIVE。前有2分钟的吉他前奏 结尾处有观众回神后惊叹的掌声 可谓经典 不得不收藏。

 

= 歌词 =

Hotel California (The Eagles)
On a dark desert highway,cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of colitas,rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night
There she stood in the doorway;
I heard the mission bell
And I was speaking 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,
Thought I heard them say…
Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place
Such a lovely face
Plenty of rooms at the Hotel California
Any time of year, you can find it here
Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes-Benz
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’
And 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…
Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place
Such a lovely face
They livin’ it up at the Hotel California
What a nice surprise, bring your alibis
Mirrors on the ceiling,
The 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 checkout any time you like,
but you can never leave
= 歌词隐喻 =
       有的人认为歌曲中的加州旅馆是确实存在的,而这之中还有旅馆、戒毒所、精神病院三种说法。
       认为确实存在这个旅馆的人,在南加州的托多斯桑托斯(Todos Santos )这个小镇算是找到他们需要的一切。小镇在南加州高速公路的沙漠旁边,在小镇内有一座类似唱片封面的旅馆,在旅馆的不远处是会半夜传来钟声的教堂,而这旅馆在以前正是有暗地的色情交易。
旅馆的主人号称这正是歌曲中的“加州旅馆”,不过小镇历史上,旅馆的改名是在歌曲已经流行后的八十年代才发生的。在九十年代后期,数篇报章开始登载这个正宗“加州旅馆”的故事,最后终于引来了歌曲创作者Don Henley在二OOO年的正式否认:老鹰乐队的成员从未到过此地。
        歌曲本身的数次对毒品的暗示,是加州旅馆原是戒毒所说法的来源。按此说法:加州旅馆是在南加州公路旁的一个自愿戒毒院,老鹰队员曾经吸毒与入院的经历是歌词的创作来源。
歌词在一开始colitas的暗示,头感到发重是吸大麻烟的特征。“lit up a candle”是一个吸毒的常用语,在后院跳舞更是吸毒后失控发作的一个现象。
       这种自愿戒毒院是主要为中产阶层开的,介于疗养院与戒毒所之间,而淫乱现象更是七十年代中产阶层放荡后的一种常态。毒品的瘾性使得你可以在某段时间痊愈而离开戒毒院,不过却永远无法摆脱那重蹈旧轨的阴影,这正是“你可以一时结账,却永远无法离开”的写照。
        歌词的诡异可能是精神病院说法的来源。歌词中与之相关联的暗示有:不断有远处声音的幻听想象;天堂和地狱指精神病人中某些如恶魔的邪恶人性和如天使纯洁无知觉;在后院里病人如着魔般的跳舞;头脑思想扭曲正是精神病的直语;自己思想的囚犯也是暗语;想杀死恶魔却总杀不死的精神病幻觉。当然精神病也和毒品一样,你可以觉得你暂时是正常了,却无法保证将来是正常的,永远无法离开那阴影。
        七十年代曾经是电影界恐怖片流行的时候,而这歌词正勾出这样的故事框架。边远沙漠大路上的孤独一人,大门前掌烛的丽人,酒吧的神秘领班,后院的召魔舞蹈,意图杀死却总杀不死的恶魔,即使结束却总有人来在背后提醒还有续集的结尾。这些种种,使得歌词有一种鬼影森森的感觉,而在恐怖片中,精神病院更常是主要的背景场所了。
PS:这首歌也是检验耳机好坏的万金油
PS.假期有幸去过一次美国,离开加利福尼亚州旧金山的时候,车外移动的是金门大桥,翠毅的树丛夹杂着建筑物,天空是从未变过的蓝。耳机里放的就是这首《Hotel California》,我也觉得自己像电影场景。
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