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Quote of the day | Don Henley on ‘Hotel California’

Quote of the day | Don Henley on ‘Hotel California’
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In a 2009 interview, Plain Dealer music critic John Soeder asked Don Henley the following question.

“On ‘Hotel California’, you sing: ‘So I called up the captain/”Please bring me my wine”/He said, “We haven’t had that spirit here since 1969″‘. I realize I’m probably not the first to bring this to your attention, but wine isn’t a spirit. Wine is fermented; spirits are distilled. Do you regret that lyric?

Henley responded:

“Thanks for the tutorial and, no, you’re not the first to bring this to my attention — and you’re not the first to completely misinterpret the lyric and miss the metaphor. Believe me, I’ve consumed enough alcoholic beverages in my time to know how they are made and what the proper nomenclature is. But that line in the song has little or nothing to do with alcoholic beverages. It’s a sociopolitical statement. My only regret would be having to explain it in detail to you, which would defeat the purpose of using literary devices in songwriting and lower the discussion to some silly and irrelevant argument about chemical processes.”

Tip of the ET bushwalker to the KMB003 student who alerted me to this.

2 Responses to Quote of the day | Don Henley on ‘Hotel California’

  1. Lee November 2, 2013 at 8:53 am

    On a scale of 1 to 10, my respect for Don Henley is now at 13. NICE.

  2. AC February 6, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Hmm, no I call bullshit on Don’s immaculately expressed reply. Missed metaphors? Sociopolitical statement?! Yeah, if you say so Don. Are you applauding his artistic integrity at refusing to explain himself or his wonderfully worded but ultimately ambiguous obfuscation?

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