The final song from the 1976 Hotel California record posits an elegiac tone, dismissive of how modern progress forever harms the natural beauty of the world. Writers Don Henley and Glen Frey link replacing natural surroundings with neon signs and nondescript dwellings to the colonialist zeal of Christian missionaries. It is not an optimistic song, concluding that we have to now sleep in the beds we made, and that we are left with kissing goodbye forever all that once was. The 1970s were a depressing time?
A song reviewed here with a similar theme is Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi.