She got the Mercedes Bends

from The Eagles – Hotel California Lyrics on Rap Genius


Pun on Mercedes-Benz, probably a reference to the Janis Joplin song “Mercedes-Benz

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends
So Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz

The reference to a Mercedes here is in the form of a pun. The actual words are “Mercedes bends” referring to a medical condition experienced by skin divers who surface too quickly. Nitrogen narcosis (“the bends”) is a drowsy state caused by breathing air at higher that atmospheric pressure. In the loosest sense, the writers were probably just referring to an abnormal condition with reference to the girl’s materialism

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