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Hotel California and its Lost References

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There are a bazillion theories about Lost that range from the normal to the surreal. As I was listening to The Eagles' hit song "Hotel California" the other day, I noticed many similarities between the song's lyrics and Lost. Thus I proposed that the show itself is a reference to the Hotel California. I suppose it is not a theory per say, but you can definitely tell the relations between the show and the song.
Hotel California - German

On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air

Colitas is a reference to the buds of a marijuana plant. This could also represent Charlie's addiction to heroin.


Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim I had to stop for the night

This could be a reference to the plane crash.


There she stood in the doorway; I heard the mission bell And I was thinking to myself, "this could be heaven or this could be hell" Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way

This woman could be seen as Kate if you take the story from Jack's point of view.


There were voices down the corridor, I thought I heard them say...

The voices could be the voices heard whenever Jacob/the smoke monster/or hallucionations appear.


Her mind is tiffany-twisted, she got the mercedes bends She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys, that she calls friends

Kate has always been greedy, always putting herself before other people. However she always does seem to be with lots of different men, such as Jack and Sawyer.


How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat. Some dance to remember, some dance to forget

A reference the the numerous flashbacks that occur on Lost. Each Lostie also comes to Island with both happy memories and memories each wants to forget.


So I called up the captain, "please bring me my wine" He said, "we haven't had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine"

Could be a reference to the Incident, which took place in the hippy age (even though it was 8 years later).


And still those voices are calling from far away, Wake you up in the middle of the night Just to hear them say...

Once again a mention of the voices. Shannon was woken up by the voices in the night that she died.


Mirrors on the ceiling, The pink champagne on ice And she said "we are all just prisoners here, of our own device"

Every person that has ended up on the Island got on that plane because of their own actions.


And in the master's chambers, They gathered for the feast The stab it with their steely knives, But they just can't kill the beast

The master's chambers could very well be the four-toed statue, where Jacob resided. The beast mentioned is a direct reference to the smoke monster, whom no one has been able to kill.


Last thing I remember, I was Running for the door I had to find the passage back To the place I was before

Jack was determined to get off that Island at all costs, sometimes we wonder if he really knows why.


"relax," said the night man, We are programmed to receive. You can checkout any time you like, But you can never leave!

Probably the most important lines of the song. The Oceanic Six got off the Island, but they all know that they need to go back. Even Hurley wondered if they really got off the Island while in the mental institution.


Lost makes references to many different works of art and music is no different. It would not surprise me at all to find out that the writers' used this song to inspire their show. Is it likely? Probably not, but you can't deny the eerie similarities.

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