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You have lots to learn to learn if you think America is not part of the global problem
Anyone who is involved in atomic bomb testing has lots to answer for. You wake up mate!
I’m thankful for this song and songwriting team, one of the best there has ever been, so glad to know real music and was able to grow up with it. Like the land good music is gone, but we still have the opportunity to buy it in some fashion or play our precious records
I love this song and the music.
Thank you to all of you who have posted your interpretations of this in here. Because of you I have come to understand how brilliantly this song was written. Brilliance defined by meaning, not concrete interpretation. Brilliance of experience and memory and brilliance of things to come. Truly, I think this is one of the best song lyric ever written.
Sendoh; the ugly boxes are condominiums and houses.
After looking into the reasons why this song was written and its subject matter a little more carefully, I noticed a comment made by artistic critic, William Ruhlmann, that the album 'Hotel California' ends ('The Last Resort' being the final track on the album) by sketching "a broad, pessimistic history of America that borders on nihilism".
The lyric, "we satisfy our endless needs and justify our bloody deeds in the name of Destiny and in the name of God", I understand, is a reference to the widely held 19th century American belief in the concept of 'Manifest Destiny'. According to historian Frederick Merk (and Wikipedia, for the sake of honest disclosure), Manifest Destiny was an irresistible destiny, or fatalistic belief in America's mission to redeem and remake the West in the image of agrarian America, which was underwritten by a sense of the special virtues of the American people and their institutions and tacitly endorsed by God.
I understand this may appear a little high-handed coming from an Australian, but through learning the history of my own country and what the European settlers did to our own indigenous Aboriginals, I feel I can relate and this is why I was particularly irked by Ruhlmann's criticism of the song as a 'broad, pessimistic history of America that borders on nihilism'.
It is the essential truth of the song's message which makes it so troubling and calls into question the rationale which forms the very basis, or justification for the status quo of contemporary American society. Australian society is no less culpable and shares guilt by association; the only potential difference being that the original settling agents of Australia didn't even seem to bother to attempt to resort to some kind of fabricated moral authority beyond the idea that 'might is right' and the blessings of the Crown were all that was necessary. Judging by the comments made below, many well-meaning citizens of Australia seem to share with Americans a sense of prickling guilt at how our respective countries came to be.
Perhaps it is this sense of remorse which necessitates Ruhlmann's intellectualisation, allowing him and assenting readers to conveniently and clinically categorise 'The Last Resort' as somehow unpatriotic and therefore dismiss the uncomfortable truth conveyed in Henley's masterpiece.
Anyway: about Airplay?? Well: I am airing it Wednesday night in my Roots music show (local, but we have a worldwide livestream through rtvzoo.nl ) Show runs from 7 pm to 9 pm every Wednesday night! Tune in and you will find it aired just before 9 PM local Western Europe time. Nice site, this one! Take care.
If you really feel that this song is so great live in the wild and feed yourself you morons. You won't make it...HA
Although opnions differ widely they did help me to get a better understanding what the song is really about.
Having travelled the Colorado plateau twice I was awestruck quite often by the wild beauty.
Plenty were the moments I had tears in my eyes and felt smaller than a grain of sand.
With the lyrics of this song in my head and the Don Henley's mystic voice in my ears I feel so sad inside and wished I could do it all over again and really make a differende.
By the way, I am Dutch an 64 years of age.
Johan, Wijchen, The Netherlands.
IMHO, Henley is referring to Heaven....truly the last resort. Where do you go from there?
The sign in Lahaina (mentioned earlier by Chris of Boston/Maui) was definitely there in late '97.
Incredible lyrics that Henley sings clearly enough that you need not pull them up on line or from the CD booklet.
Beautiful arrangement, and Felder's steel guitar TOTALLY makes this song, too.
In the mid-70s there was hardly any commercialism in the pop industry, artists wrote long songs on artistic merits and on social conscience.
If you think "jesus people" was the most accusatory part, take a look at the lines of the religious nutcases going to church on sundays to pray for salvation and "satisfy our endless needs and justify our bloody deeds in the name of destiny and in the name of God."
Best line:"Somebody laid the mountains low while the town got high" (double meaning in there)
I thought it was a bit ironic (and humorous) that he takes the younger generations to task for their poor grammar, and then proceeds to make a totally fallacious argument about Christian rock based around a complete misread of the lyrics.
The lyrics read: "Some rich men came and raped the land, nobody caught 'em/ Put up a bunch of ugly boxes and, JESUS, people bought 'em."
Cappice? Not "'Jesus people'" bought 'em...but "Jesus, people bought 'em" (used as a swear word, to express Henley's disgust/ dismay/ amusement at the way people were stupidly buying up these "ugly boxes" on the West Coast like they were going out of style).
Check the liner notes...it's all there in print. :-)
This is one of my most favorite lyrics.
These two songs are tremendous..followed closely by "one Headlight" by Jakob Dylan....
MY take on this song is; Call somplace paradise and there will always be people who will try to profit from it, by twisting it to their own version of paradise. Be it land developers, or preachers, or whatever. It uses Manifest Destiny as an example but at its core it's about heaven and religion and how nobody should be able to force their version of paradise, on anybody else.
After all America was a free land till it was exploited by the Spanish and then the WASP's. It belonged to the Native Americans and the Mexicans.
I am from Providence, yes the one in Rhode Island, and we have seen here how the rich man rapes the land. Condos as far as the eye can see. We used to have a wonderful coast line, but that is a memory now. My daughters will never know what is was like. To call someplace paradise, & kiss it good bye.
Thank you to Glen & Don for hitting this one right on the mark!
we know the story of how the west was won.....
this song is the story of how the west was lost !
think about it!
if some man had not came and put up a bunch of earthly box`s...this place would have been tee-pees as far as the eye could see!!
this song teachs us to love one another again
like god wanted us to do in the first place!
I haven't been able to find any information that verifies this, just my opinion. This song brings tears to my eyes every time I listen to it...as I now live in Phoenix (since 1972) and I'm watching first hand how "Rich men can rape the land"!...it's very sad. I watched it happen in LA as a kid, and now I'm watching it happen in Arizona as an adult.
If anybody knows where I can find more information about this song, please let me know.
Best line of this song I think is "For there is no more new frontier, we have got to make it here"...to me means the 'man' has pretty much developed every inch of the coast and there is nothing left! (Happening in Arizona as I write!)
I think these are the best lyrics I've ever heard!
One of the most powerful lyrics ever.