Eagles - The Last Resort




"The Last Resort" is a song written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey, which tells of how man inevitably destroys the places he finds beautiful. It was originally released on the Eagles' album Hotel California on December 8, 1976. It was subsequently released as the B-side of "Life in the Fast Lane" single on May 3, 1977.


In a 1978 interview with Rolling Stone, Henley said: "'The Last Resort', on Hotel California, is still one of my favorite songs... That's because I care more about the environment than about writing songs about drugs or love affairs or excesses of any kind. The gist of the song was that when we find something good, we destroy it by our presence — by the very fact that man is the only animal on earth that is capable of destroying his environment. The environment is the reason I got into politics: to try to do something about what I saw as the complete destruction of most of the resources that we have left. We have mortgaged our future for gain and greed."


The band recorded "The Last Resort" at the Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida. However, Black Sabbath was also recording Technical Ecstasy in an adjacent studio and played very loudly. The Eagles had to re-record the song a number of times due to the noise coming through the wall from the next studio.







Lyrics



She came from Providence

One in Rhode Island

Where the old world shadows hang

Heavy in the air

She packed her hopes and dreams

Like a refugee

Just as her father came

Across the sea


She heard about a place

People were smilin'

They spoke about the red man's way

How they loved the land

And they came from everywhere

To the Great Divide

Seeking a place to stand

Or a place to hide


Down in the crowded bars

Out for a good time

Can't wait to tell you all

What it's like up there

They called it paradise

I don't know why

Somebody laid the mountains low

While the town got high


Then the chilly winds blew down

Across the desert

Through the canyons of the coast

To the Malibu

Where the pretty people play

Hungry for power

To light their neon way

Give them things to do


Some rich men came and raped the land

Nobody caught 'em

Put up a bunch of ugly boxes

And Jesus people bought 'em

They called it paradise

The place to be

They watched the hazy sun

Sinking in the sea


You can leave it all behind and sail to Lahaina

Just like the missionaries did so many years ago

They even brought a neon sign "Jesus is coming"

Brought the white man's burden down

Brought the white man's reign


Who will provide the grand design?

What is yours and what is mine?

'Cause there is no more new frontier

We have got to make it here


We satisfy our endless needs

And justify our bloody deeds

In the name of destiny

And in the name of God


And you can see them there

On Sunday morning

They stand up and sing about

What it's like up there

They call it paradise

I don't know why

You call someplace paradise

Kiss it goodbye