I know the lingo from some trips to Baja and elsewhere in my youth.
Think of what the lyrics are saying.
On a dark desert highway
Smoking a joint (warm smell of colitus rising up through the air)
Then he comes upon the Hotel California
Is it a pot induced hallucination or is it a reality?
It's similar to Coleridge and his opium dream "In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a staely pleasure dome decree"
Believe what you want.
colitus, at least you didn't go with colitis ... 555
There are a lot of myths about what Hotel California means, ranging from Satanism to it is based on some Hotel, both in Mexico and California with coincidentally the same name.
I believe the song is based strictly about loss of innocence.
As far as urban legends go, a lot of what is believed today is BS. Media, especially social media which is omnipresent these days has a lot to answer for. Much of what is believed today ranging from myths about drug culture to fake news is based on what we called in US Military 'circular reporting.' One source picks up a lie/fable and distributes it to another with it eventually coming full circle to the original source who pronounces it... confirmation. There was one earlier this week from Dow Jones reporting Google was buying Apple and the number of news outlet that took it for gospel was telling.
I'll ask Henly about Hotel California next time I see him near Atlanta ... in east Texas.
Edited by VPI78, 13 October 2017 - 02:43 AM.