Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light

from The Eagles – Hotel California Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

There is a widespread, but false perception that this song is about heroin addiction. He is referring to the allure of drugs, although in the context of the song it can also be interpreted as the allure of the Hollywood music industry. Drugs, money, women, etc… drawing him in with its false promises of happiness through sensual pursuits.

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