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At time he wrote it, he had Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin in mind along with other "superstars" that didn't make it.America's "Horse With No Name"Actually this song is about using heroin.
Many of the lines mentioned in the other review of this song present on this site are a direct reference to drugs: "We are all prisoners here of our own device" - you choose to live the high life, and then are stuck to them; "You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave" - as an artist, you can always step away from the spotlight, but you'll always be stuck to it somehow; "this could be heaven or this could be hell" - once more, a reference to the high life, and also to the high during a drug run, and the low afterwards; "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" - a reference to buying drugs for someone, doing the drugs, and still wanting more."The Eagles's "Hotel California"Actually...after talking to members of the band..song is about a gang in california..line "you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave" symbolises the fact that once your in..in for life..He made millions of tablets of strong LSD in his day, and then dissapeared.Key points: "Just by chance you crossed the diamond with the Pearl.turned it on the world..thats when you turned the world around" And..."All your low-rent friends are dead.can be very strange...those test-tubes and the scales, just get em all out of here....their gas in the car? I think the people down the hall, know who you are.." Its a great lyric, although hidden.most-all of their lyrics.The drugs that pleasure this area are cocaine, heroin, and ecstasy.In the song he says, "slipping and a sliding" which is a description of using a needle for injection.