Eagles – The Last Resort – (Paradise) – "The Last Resort" lyrics on screen & description

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Eagles – “The Last Resort” slideshow with lyrics on screen & in description. This song is really a history lesson. I’ve created this slideshow using images of beautiful American fine art, historic photographs and colorful high quality current scenic photographs.

“The Last Resort” is a song written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey. It was originally released on the Eagles’ album Hotel California on December 8. 1976.[1] It was subsequently released as the B-side of “Life in the Fast Lane” single on May 3, 1977.

n 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.” (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

The song reflects on the Westward Expansion in America, with the hardship, bloodshed, greed and destruction of natural resources and wildlife that came with the settling of the West. Americans felt it was their destiny to claim the land and own the frontier from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans. California was the last frontier. Ironically, the song says, “We can leave it all behind and sail to Lahaina”, which is a town on the Hawaiian Island of Maui. Don Henley wrote the lyrics, which tell the epic story employing sarcasm and criticism.

Lyrics for Eagles, “The Last Resort”:

“The Last Resort”

She came from Providence,
the 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,
and 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
And 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
and 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
And 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 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

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40 COMMENTS

  1. One of the best songs ever written. One thought: Was it Jesus-people bought them? Or Jesus! People bought them. There is a distinction. It bothers me. Your opinions?

  2. So a great song, and I've heard them all, and yes this is the best, knot only does it fullfil the great American dream but also the great American tragedy

  3. From the Philippines, i love the song. Its impact is so deep, social, political and identity. I understand the soul of this song like the sufferings of our indigenous people here. The insatiable want of man, causes havoc to the rightful owner , and it seems people dont understand despite their indignation against violation of their human rights. Ah, the time of reckoning is coming yet, people insist that it is destiny that God granted them. But it is social injustice that man committed against the rightful owner! LRP

  4. The song is one of my best from The Eagles and your slideshow is fantastic artwork, perfectly in line with the music and the words of the song. Very well done, buyakga1946! Thank you so much from Italy

  5. Why so many thumbs down
    If you don’t like a song then move on but one thing for sure you do not know good music
    This song is so awesome

  6. This band song is so totally remind me when I was in high school I love to listen it totally awesome I love you guys … especially Don Henley is a inviromentalist person… goodluck Crazypie

  7. There's a story that Don Henley wasn't happy with his vocal on this….Almost impossible for me to comprehend that someone could be dissatisfied with this….

  8. My father used to listen to this song on repeat for hours while laying on the floor in his cheap small room. Four decades later his daughter is doing the same thing.

  9. This song is absolutely beautiful. I just love the music lyrics, everything about, also written by two of the finest song writers of their time. Don Henley and the wonderful Glen Frey, who sadly is no longer with us.😢😢😢😢

  10. Si escribes:
    The last resort, te aparece esta canción relajante
    Last resort, te aparece una canción muy cesurada

  11. Such a strong and pertinent and moving and relevant song. Love it! Underrated! Memories of a Brit living in Montana and dancing to vinyl in the Canaries…

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