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HOTEL

CALIFORNIA
TheEagles

WORDS
ANDMUSIC
BYDon Henley, Glenn Frey and Don Felder TRANSCRIBED
BYPaul Robinson and Jeff Perrin

chords for Gtr. 1 (12-str ing acous., w/capo at seventh fret)
All chord shapes and tablature positions are relative to the capo.
All notes and chords sound three and one half steps high er than written (key of Bm).

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12

~ Intro

134

13

3 1

32

1

2l

(Am7)

3

ii
2

I

i

213

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(GIB)

(Em7)

4

12

3

I

3

(0:00)

Moderate Rock

q = 79

Bm

F#7

.. (Em)

Asus2
(Dsus2)

(87/D#)

E9
(A9/C#)

"Gtr. 1 (12-string acous., capo7)

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-.f *Chord symbolsin parentheses refer to Gtr. I (capo 7). Chortlsshown above(not inparentheses)reflectoveall tonality(concen key).
*dbld.,wls/Qwrotatingspkr. effect

G
5 (~)

Em7
(Am7)

D
(G)

F#7
(87)
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end Bass Fig. 1

[ID(026)
Bm

F#7

(Em)

Asus2
(Dsus2)

(87/D#)

Gtr. 3 plays Rhy. Fill 1

Gtr. 1

9

E9
(A9/C#)

Rhy. Fig. J

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Gtr. 2 (nylon-string acous.)

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Bass plays Bass Fig. I (see meas. I)

nylon-string
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As heard on the Eagles'AsylumrecordingHotel California
0 1976 Woody Creek Music, Red Cloud Music & Fin gers Music. All rights ren tved. Used by permiu ion. Warner Bros. Publi cations U.S. Inc., Miami, FL 33014 .

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-.-6d L =::::1:::1 -.-.••• .ft Lid ......M. Ona darkdeserthighway Warm smell of colltas Asus2 (Dsus2) Coolwindin myhair 9m F#7 (Em) (97) riling up through theair E9 (A9/C#) Gtr.. Fig. . 1 plays Rhy. w/disl) II fade in wlvol..M. P.2:10.. P..••• . 3 (elec."••• .M.M. 1 simile (see meas. P. 1 13 . andslow rotating spkr..... ••• . BassBass Fig.-. 1:18.w/dist.. Fil/ 2 · G11 .. 9) Gtr.M. Fig.cornrol -C::::::::: ::::::> -==:::::::: dim..••• ..d Lid 6LJ -- .) Rhy. 2 Upaheadinthedistance 21 Myheadgrewheavyandmysightgrewdim I hadtostopfor thenight I sawa shimmering light D (G) G (C) P. 3:02) E G ~ 11 Gtr. Rhy.••• .ft .M. 2 17 P.. Fi/11 (0:36) Gtr. Fig.. effect) Em7 (Am7) ~7 (97) P. . - A ft ~ ~ A ..- - II II II II === L..J . 3 (elec... 2 Rhy ..6 = - . P.ft -- > ft -. 4 (slightlydirtyetec. 2:36.M..•.HOTEL CALIFORNIA TheEagles G (C) D (G) > > Ff7 Em7 (Am7) (97) end Rhy. ft - =-1..M.L bd =-.- - - '"' ft I ft ft "" I > > CJ::::I = .- Id: = 1:::1::=i:d::b bd:::d = (0:52) 1. Fill 2 (0:52. ::::::::=- 2 (play 8 times) ... P.••• . 3 plays R/iy. end Rhy....-- ft Lbl . - £ -I > > I -.• . ft Lb - :: - "'- I [g 1st Verse "" I :: I- I -ft .:: Lb I . Fig.

I I .-....... -- (87) > .-... . .. . . .:.-. Fig.. 5 and6 (elec.L I I I I - I " •...· .--. 4 > > I - II I I I II II I U• ..~ l___::ILJ Ud~LJ LJ bbJ ~LJ L.-- ~ [ID1st Chorus (Am7) - - I- I L..-. 3 is recalled during solos.. Fill 2 Gtr..m ".bJbbbl . 1 (dbld. . -- .JI I -- -- I LJ I I .::r L. 4 Gtr..-.. . I I I - I ·- . -. Fig.) 2s~~~~ f *two sing/e-.-~... ~ ~ ... ..---.. 3 29 ~ ~ . . .:- .. . . 2 - -~ . Thereshestoodin thedoorway Bm I heardthe missionbell F#7 AndI wasthinking to myselfthiscouldbeHeaven or thiscouldbe Hell Asus2 E9 Gtr. n .. . 3 plays Rhy.. - I bU 1::. .-bbld - - U• I ti - - D I -.. .: > I WI .......--. .... --.bJ I 3 I -LJ (Em) (87) I -- -- I - u = =---=I . WelcometotheHotel = I .~ .. (Em) (Dsus2) (87) (A9/C#) Rhy.. ' ' ~ ~ .u)le lead parrs arr.. 3 > w bU v lddd California (C) Ill I *Notes exc:luded when Rhy..·.- -.. 17) Rhy. 3 plays Rhy..L. - WM I F#7 :r -- I Sucha lovelyplace (G) Bass Fig. Fig...-.f or one gtr. ...... -.. Fig .. ' ~ I 112 b. bycleanelec.:j end Bass Fig.- (C) (G) > I - I I > > I I p . Fig..- II II I ~ v Sucha lovelyface (Such a lovelyplace) I Bm - = ...-..-. .. -.... Ill bd:d : btdI I - - II I Ill I I I ~ ~ d =---= .. Fill 2 .:..-· -. 12-stling) > > > > >. ... ..HOTEL CALIFORNIA TheEagles IQ]2nd Verse (1:18) 2. . (1:44) ------ - ~ bkJ::d bU Ld G = - I - 33 Gtr. 2 (see meas . I •II ..:~· . .-._....-..I ... ·-·-··I I I ·-· I - bb:f • I - - I I I LJ I I end Rhy..::::::. 3 'Gus.-.1.· ..I- bU L :f . Thenshelit up a candle andsheshowed metheway G D > > > > > > There werevoicesdown1hecorridor I thoughtI heardthemsay Em7 F#7 end Rhy.. 4 plays Rhy.. w/disl.. Fig..H- WI I al .

.HOTEL CALIFORNIA TheEagles Anytimeof year Plentyof roomat theHotel Califor nia D G YoucanfindIt here (Anytimeof year) Em7 F#7 ( Gtr... ... 2 (see meas. HermindIsTlffany·twlsted 8m (Em) Shegota lot of prettyprettyboys Asus2 (Dsus2) shegottheMercedes bends F#7 (87) thatshecallsfriends E9 (A9/C#) Gtr. 5 tacet) 37~Gtr .L.- ~ I I I I - .-.. 2 (see meas. 17) Gtrs.I- v .. 4 simile (see meas. "...: (C) (G) > . 4 plays Rhy. .. Fig.. Fig.. .. 17) full 1/2 full Gtrs... ..- - . II - I I I II II II II t:.:: .. Fill 2 Gtr. I I I I w "' : I II I I I I I I I T"I Lb bbbJ =-L. ~ - · . I plays Rhy. . 3 (see meas.. 2 (see meas.I .. 4 I II .- - M Q ~-. -.' ~ - . - .. 1 plays Rhy.. w/dist.- > > > > > > > I I I > -. 9) Gtr. 25) Gtr...I.v . "'. . 4 plays Rhy. . 17) Howtheydance In thecourtyard sweet D (G) G (C) 45~ i 4. 7 and8 (elec..... 3 plays Rhy. 5 and 6 1/2 Bass plays Bass Fig. 1 simile (see meas. Fig.6 /••.... Fill 2 Gtr.. Fig..·- ·- ·- - . .-.) 49 1i 1i •Two single-notelead parts arr...:: I > > > .v.. 5 and 6 play Rhy.: . 3 plays Rhy. bbJ ~LJU (87) (Am7) > > LJ=: w I - bet:: t:. . ···-·· ·-··. "' .for one gtr.. ~ : : I (2:36) calledupthecaptain pleasebringmemywine ~ ~~ nineteen sixty nine wehaven't hadthatspirithere since E9 Asus2 (A9/C#) (Dsus2) Hesaid ~7 ~n Gtr.. .= : I~= I Somedance to forget F#7 (87) 1/2 ~ ~ I w= [Q]4th Verse Somedance to remember Em7 (Am7) summer sweat ~~ ~i I J I I . Fig.. 3 . . bkJ- . -· ........ SoI 1..• r - u ~LJ .. II II L. -=· bbf ~ LJ ~ ~ LJLJ bJ::I -· . bU ' end Bass Fig... - -· . - ~ OI II II II (KJ3rd Verse (2:10) 3. 25) •Gtrs.

HOTEL CALI FOR NIATheEagles Andstill thosevoicesarecallingfrom far G D (C) (G) Wakeyouup in themiddle of the night justto hearthemsay Em7 F#7 (Am7) (87) away 53 I i 11 [H]2nd Chorus (3:02) Sucha lovely place Welcome to theHotel California D G F#7 Sucha lovely face (Sucha lovelyplace) 8m They P.. . > > > Whata nicesurprise at theHotel California 61~ Gtr. 33) livin' it up (Em) > > > Bass subsri1111es Bass Fill IT]Sth Verse 2 (3:28) S. 3 plays Rhy .H.H.6 > ~ Bringyouralibis (What a nicesurprise) P. Mirrorsonthe ceiling 8m Gtr. Gtrs. 6 n -. 3 (see meas. I (see mea. Grr. 1~ ---.c (87) (G) Gtr. lull (87/D#) (Am7) (G) (C) (Em) (Em7) > Em7 D G (Em7) Bass subsritutes Bass Fill I Bass plays Bass Fig. Fill 2 (7 rimes 011/y) lull lull pitch: (C) Gtrs.5 and6 o.H. 1 (Em) Thepinkchampagne oniceAndshesaid we arealljust prisoners here F#7 Asus2 (87) (Dsus2) of our own device E9 (A9/C#) Bass plays Bass Fig. 5 and 6 57 Gtr. I) Bass Fill I (3:09) Q/1·~ ffu·II F#7 Ii I Bass Fill 2 (3:25) Bass Fi/13 (4:17) F#7 F#7 i II 5 II > . P.

. 25) Gtr. .~-. 2 (see meas. 7 and8 n . 3 simile (see meas.. ' ~ I - ~ II II II II II b. Youcancheckoutanytlmeyoo like butyoucanneverleave Em? F#7 Relax saidthenightman weare programmed to receive D Asus2 (Dsus2) F#7 (87) 1 plays Rhy.d. 4 three times (see meas . .. • I ~ • ... ~-.. . 17) 73 'Gtrs. > . 2 through 10 fade (see meas. 9 11/2 1/2 Bass pla ys Bass Fig."... " " . "" I LJd I Ill I I I • .. I =-- ~ .. 2 rwice simile (see meas.. 17) G Gtrs. Guita r Solo I ... ~ . >>> .. 1 """.HOTEL CALIFORNIA TheEagles Andin themaster's chambers TheystabItwiththeirsteelyknives buttheyjust can'tklll thebeast Em7 F#7 > (Am7) (87) theygathered for!hefeast G D ~ Eif uGJa!JIBrIr II 1 CI]6th Verse (3:54) 6... I - ) =- . 17) 5 and 6 play Rhy. 9 (elec..d I ~ I I • I ""._ ~ ~ . LastthingI relTl!)mber 8m (Em) I hadto findthepassage backto the placeI wasbefore Asus2 E9 (Dsus2) (A9/C#) was running forthedoor F#7 (87) Gtr. Gtrs. -.. Fig ...../··....113 (420 ) 8m (Em) Gtrs.~ Bass plays Bass F. 3 pla ys Rhy. Fig... " ":. • ~ Gtrs. 4 plays Rhy..... 2 (see meas ..II .-·-· "' "' I (87) ... ...• ... "'-.··-·- ~ . Fig... 5and6 """. "" . of Bass Fig.. 7 and8 .) Gtr. I I . =- >>> .L... 11111 > I bd LJd 6LJ [R]Don Felder's :. ~ .vvvvv. . .. (C) -• " "- •.-.. 1 plays Rhy... . " I LJd • I I••-.. 25) 3 plays Rhy. 25) Gtr. Fig. .. 4 {1st 4 me<Lv. 5 and 6 Bass pu.- I I > (Am7 1 . ~ .w/dist.. - II l:J.. 17) 112 112 full t UfJ{tD I 3 6 ..." ) ~ I . .. ) I Gtr. Fig. .. Fill 2 seve n times Gtr. I I --- (G) .. .. 3 plays Rhy.-. ft " - •'I' nLI::1 • . Gtrs.only)(see meas...ysfi rst seve n meas. . Gtrs._..... I lftl I . *two single ·1iote lead part s arranged/or one guitar full 112 Gtrs. Fill 3 ~ . "' 1/2 ~ lftl - Gtr. Fill 2 through to fade 4 plAys Rhy. II II II II II ""..

.·. .andphaseshifter) full full full 89 Asus2 F#7 (Em) I J1 I - t_ full - t_ ... ··I full 1/2 .~ - ·... .- ..... . . ' lull Gtrs. : I - .-··... I .. L- Rhy..··-· ."' f'\ ~ .. / ..._..·... . . -. ' I I I I I I r :.·.---..... . ."' .. I I I I t~ f'\ :: "' "' I full full - I I .· v 1 f'\ ~ .. .::~ .. . .-. I - .. ..--6 '!" .. A .·-" ·- full full J t ·. - - / .. . . Fi/13 Gtt. "'. . ~ ._ ·-...:--.HOTEL CALIFORNIA TheEagles Em7 (Am7) F#7 (87) slight P.. .... "I"-. - J :: ·-- .._.·..... ·- ·- ·.- .c . "' "' ..6LJ • L J bL full 1/2 ....•.·- ...t • fun 1/2 L E9 (A9/C#) 92 .. '!" (4:17) F#7 7 L._-. ~: G (C) ..:. I I - 3::LJ L - I I I -- bL I I lull 1/2 ~ ~ .·....._. . • ·- full ~--~. I ~ .. ~ -..H..10{w/dist..... I I" -....·.3 "' I b... .. 5 and6 1112 r..·. .... .. fun 112 ~ / •. - -.. ~ I • .. -".. .. JI D (G) full • .. IL] Joe Walsh' s Guitar Solo (4:46) 8m t t :: - I I ·- I (Osus2) (87) Gtr. .

. .. ....·... ....•..... .. f\ . bLJ full • . ...d bl. .. Bass ..J II II II ........ ......J········· . ..f bbbl ~ bJ.1. .. :-· .......-. Ml - ·- A UJ .. .... ~ ---.-:... . 5 and 6 play Rhy..:..- .. ...... ·- . ·. ...· ... ~· .... ' II ·n AA ft (87) 98 I I Gtrs........ . bJdd ~bLJLJ U:bJ ~ bJ.v 'I II II II I 11 t::t:: t:.... .. rt..... • - 1......-· .. .·.. ..... ...._... II .. .. II "'7 - .. - ... .. 9 (Felder) . . ....• ..!. . .··..:f bblJ JC]LJ ft I v ~ bbJ LJ (C) ··-._ .. ~ .. 3 (see meas..·. II _ bJddbJddU:bJL t::t::bb ==bd full .....- E9 ft Gtr.... ·- ....· .I ..... - - . . •• '=' 101 ...... - . .... ~ (A9/C#) r..:..... ~ A bdJ .. ... ..._ .·- ~ A. ..· . • ----. A - \V/ 8 II II J lJ lJ bbbdbbblblJdLt::t::bbI bbbd -. .v 'I lull lull r·········· full lull ......... ~ • F#7 Em7 (Am7) lull """ .. ..-.. II II II F#7 I I .. - ......- bddL 112 ..J grad. . ··.. ·-.JL..... ~ Gtr....-.. ...... .. .. -... ov . .. ·. "' - A -- G . .. ... ~ I I bJ LJ t i I ....... -.. ....... ..- :- ~ ~ . 5 and6 A II .. 10(Walsh) full 95 ·- 8m (Em) (87) f..-. .. I I I I •• •. release J .. - - ....... ~ ~ Asus2 (Dsus2) Gtr 10 -· .. ..HOTEL CAL IFORNIA TheEagles [Ml(5:12) F#7 Em7 (Am7) Gtr. ... II II II ~ LJ v bJJ:J .'"·:!.&..·-:- .• A .-: t:: . ·v ..... ....112 ... ....._ - J - - ·- ·- ·- tun • ~ ~ . ' (87) -. 1 ~ .&.. -. .. ····-{2 .......- .....·. .-. ·-· .... .. v.-. ...... .... ........ . . ...... -.. -··.. ·- . • D (G) ..-. . . ~ ·- ~ . .. -. ... . : ' ... . - - - - ft V ...v . ... r• r• •• .... 1~ II -..·..... ...--1\... . ... • I .... 112 fullt """ fuDf"\ ·. ·-·.-·A - ....n __ \ 1~- 1.......··.. 9 .. ·-... • I µ .... . -· ... - -·~= - - I I I bl ............. Fig. ft 112 ·· ··· · ····\ . L. ·- ..-.... ...~ .JL. :-. ... ... ..· .... .. .. 25) 112 """ A v t::t:: Gtrs......... . ·" '! I I Bass ft A ..v ·- -. :- IJ lJ J . ·-· . .

..."" I bU:I bbbl bUdU 9 bUdbUdbUdu U= b......"" ·"" .....b -:: > - ~ w. !:"'.I- I .. . ........."".- - ==t:: === .LJ ........ . . .... 2 simile se cond time (see meas ...... .... b:Yd.....--..... ..I.bJ b:blLJ b.-.............."" _....- - - - - !:"-... ......... -- f"'\ : % Lbl ) t::::t::: === t:::t:::t:: =- (C) ..-.... I"'._....... . ·- I"'.._•A·... II I I I I I II II II I "" - I - > I - I 1- - I - Ill ...........ft ft > > I I - -----------... ......... ... ...... =--= > - .·.......:J L.= LI bl... ............_ - ·............----------..... ·-·- .._ •A- .....-...1• .. .------------..= I .._ ..-.. .- p ..............._ f" (Dsus2) > ·- •A- === === fuP 1/2 =-= ) ·- - .... .1 . -... A .........•A •A .. . . -"' "' " 7 - I 1• II ... • : I .... . .......A . 17) .. "' :.......- F#7 Em7 bl.. . •• .. ~ === === - === ===t::::t::: =- === === full 1/2 r"\........._•A •A ·- ...••••. - ---- - I I -...._ = ~ .. ...A ....· .... \ .HOTEL CALIFORNIA TheEagles [RlOutro (5:38) F#7 8m E9 Asus2 Gtr._ - """ ...... .-....-..._ .. . ...L. .......-.......-.- - (Em) ... .-......_.9 ·-·._ ... (87) Gtr.....Ld----==J ---. =-.. _____ bbblbbblbbblLJ ••1 II . ......._-......- •A - t::::t::: === t::::t::: =Gtr.·. '"'-' I I I I I - I I I II I .u .... •• ·.-._ .--.. G 1091'°"\ !:"'...... 5and6 •A A • .. .-·- === === ==- t::t::t:: . (A9/C#) > --..- =1......b.... 10 105•AI"'._... ~ I I ..- .. .bU:I bbblbbJdLJ ill L........-- . ...-I .. . . -.·.....i..---------... .... -....... ...-... f' ~ ~ ..·-·. ...------...--.. .... •• === === ..- ... -......-...••. b::6 Lb t::: Bass Bass substitutes Bass Fig . •A - : : : bbblbbbl bbblu bbblbbblbbblLJ repeaJand Jade D !:"-.......... 1% .. ......... > .....Ydd ~ bY::f ."' 1' t::::t::: === === =- ====== full 1/2 Gtrs. .. .......••..(87) (Am7) (G) - + ..-.-..--.........d___b =J LJ t::.....- t:::t:::= === ====- === t::t::: n .... """'.....-..~ ..-............- . !:"'..• •• ..- ~ I •• .. ......-. I v I 'f 1'._.._ -.--.--. !:'"' ....... ...... .c\ p === === ==========- full 1/2 .'"' === == t::== ==·.- ....bJ6._- ..- •A .. - . • •A ....-......-.... -· -.... f' '.I I - .... bbblbbblbbblLJ ....-.._ • .....1/2 ~ .--= -= =J --......-.....b.._ ·- .---I ........-. II I .......... I ...-·-........