Saturday, March 04, 2006

Hotel California

Don Felder, Don Henley, Glenn Frey The Eagles Asylum 1963
You can check out any time you like, But you can never leave.
I'm sorry. I can't help it. I'm a pushover for songs with clever lyrics, especially involving plays on words. This is a fine example, playing on the two meanings of "check out", one being what you do when you leave a hotel, in California or elsewhere, the other meaning "to die", or to:

  • croak, go west, kick the bucket, (pop, drop, step, knock, pipe, kick, or shove) off, go to the wall, pass or peg out, go for a burton (Brit?), take the last count, (check, cash, pass or hand) in one's (hand, checks or chips), turn up one's toes, slip one's cable, have one's time, (have or buy) (it or the farm), meet one's Maker, drop dead, bite the dust, come to an untimely end or go home feet first.


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