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Friday, July 16, 2004

THE LAST RESORT

Because my brother and his wife are in Aspen I got to thinking about this Eagles song from Hotel California. Now, Don Henly is the type of liberal that gives liberals a bad name, but he makes his point well here (excerpted) in a song about Aspen. It's because of basic human nature that nothing good can last.

"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.

And they called it paradise, I don't know why.
Somebody laid the mountains low while the town got high.

Some rich man came and raped the land, nobody caught 'em,
put up a bunch of ugly boxes and, Jesus, people bought 'em.
And they called it paradise, the place to be,
they watched the hazy sun sinking in the sea.

And you can see them there on Sunday morning
stand up and sing about what it's like up there.
They called it paradise, I don't know why.
You call some place paradise - kiss it goodbye."

-D. Henly, G.Frey

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