一名孤独的旅人在一个疲惫的夜晚投宿加州旅店。他听说加州旅店一年四季都有足够的客房,可爱的女招待们提供热情周到的服务。但当他踏进旅店,首先闪现于脑海中的却是这样的疑问:这儿究竟是天堂还是地狱?因为他发现旅店中隐藏着过多的骗局。“加州旅店”原来是一个监狱,人们自愿把自己关在里面,人人手中都拿着小刀匕首,但却没人能杀死自己心中的魔鬼。当旅人想要离开时,加州旅店的老板竟然对他说:“你随时可以结帐,但你永远不能离开。”
  歌曲以一种颓废而又含蓄的方式对70年代美国社会和文化中许多可笑的自相矛盾之处加以嘲讽。歌词本身也很诡异,充斥着超现实的玄妙色彩。

歌词:

on a dark desert highway,行驶在昏黑的荒漠公路上,
  cool wind in my hair.凉风吹过我的头发。
  warm smell of colitas,温馨的大麻香,
  rising up through the air.弥漫在空气中。
  up ahead in the distance,抬头遥望远方,
  i saw a shimmering light.我看到微弱的灯光。
  my head grew heavy my sight grew dim.我的头越来越沉,视线也变得模糊。
  i had 2 stop 4 the night.我不得不停下来过夜。
  there she stood in the doorway;她站在门口那儿招呼我
  i heard the mission bell.我听到远处教堂的钟声。
  and i was thinking 2 myself,我在心里对自己说
  “this could b heaven or this could b hell“.这里可能是天堂也可能是地狱。
  then she lit up a candle,然后她点燃了蜡烛,
  and she showed me the way.给我引路。
  there were voices down the corridor.沿着走廊传来阵阵说话声。
  i thought i heard them say...我想我听到他们在说……
  welcome to the hotel california!欢迎来到加州旅馆!
  such a lovely place!如此美丽的地方!
  such a lovely face!多么可爱的的面容!!
  plenty of room at the hotel california!加州旅馆有充足的房间!
  any time of year,u can find it here!一年的任何时候,你都能在这找到房间。
  her mind is tiffany-twisted,她的心为珠宝所扭曲,
  she got the mercedes bends.她拥有豪华奔驰车。
  she got a lot of pretty,pretty boys.她有许多漂亮的小伙子。
  that she calls friends.她称之为朋友。
  how they dance in the courtyard,他们在庭院里翩翩起舞,
  sweet summer sweat.夏日的香汗伶俐。
  some dance to remember!有些舞是为了回忆!
  some dance to forget!而有些舞是为了忘却!
  so i called up the captain,于是我叫来领班,
  “please bring me my wine.“请给我来些酒。
  he said“we haven’t had that spirit here,他说我们这不供应列酒 since nineteen sixty nine.“从1969年起。
  and still those voices are calling from far away.远处仍然传来他们的话语。
  wake u up in the middle of the night.在半夜把你吵醒。
  just 2 hear them say...只听到他们在说……
  welcome to the hotel california!欢迎到加州旅馆来!
  such a lovely place!如此美丽的地方!
  such a lovely face!多么可爱的的面容!
  they livin’ it up at the hotel california.他们在加州旅馆尽情狂欢。
  what a nice surprise,好得令人吃惊,
  bring your alibis.使你有来到这的借口。
  mirrors on the ceiling,天花板上镶嵌着的镜子,
  the pink champagne on ice.冰镇着的粉色香槟
  and she said“we are all just prisoners here-她说我们都是这的囚徒
  -of our own device“.但是是我们自愿的。
  and in the master’s chambers.在主人的卧房里。
  they gathered 4 the feast.他们为宴会聚在一起。
  they stabbed it with their steely knives.他们彼此间用钢刀相互砍杀。
  but they just can’t kill the beast.但他们甚至不能杀死野兽!
  last thing i remember,我所记得的最后一件事
  i was running 4 the door.是我跑向门口。
  i had 2 find the passage back,我必须找到来时的路,
  to the place i was before.回到我过去的地方。
  “relax“,said the night man,守夜人说放宽心,
  “we are programmed to receive.我们只是照常接待
  u can checkout any time u like.你想什么时候结帐都可以。
  but u can never leave!“但你永远无法离去!