“You can check out anytime you like, But you can never leave”

— Lyrics by Don Henley and Glenn Frey, music by Don Felder. Recorded by The Eagles, 1978. Song Quotes

“a journey from innocence to experience”

— Don Henley


The song was awarded the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1978. The lyrics of the song have been given various interpretations by fans and critics alike, the Eagles themselves described the song as their “interpretation of the high life in Los Angeles”. In the 2013 documentary History of the Eagles, Henley said that the song was about “a journey from innocence to experience… that’s all…”