What does “colitas” mean from the song Hotel California?
The song is about being at a hotel, and what guests might do there.
The part about “colitas” is probably a reference to marijuana; lots of pot smokers refer to their plants as “colitas”. It’s totally nerdy that I’ve spent time thinking about this.
I think the song is about a man who wants to go back to the place where he spent time as a boy.
In context of the lyrics, he seems most interested in recapturing memories of his youth, so it’s probably best not to speculate too much beyond that.
Colitas is a Spanish word for little bushes or vegetation that grow in the area across from the Papalote Creek.
People who work here have either helped replant or have allowed these plants to grow due to desiring wildlife, birds, etc. in their backyards.
Colitas also means these small pieces of vegetation (or weed) near our offices across a creek called Papalote Creek.
It’s worth mentioning that this song — like many songs — is open to interpretation. It may have deeper meaning, or it may not.
The author is talking about how the California of his youth was dying, and so too are these beautiful wildflowers, destroyed by mercenaries hired by some corporation to clear out nature-encroaching weeds in order to build more condominiums where people can live and work until they die.
But he also creates symbolic pictures in other parts of the song: A free drink at the bar with no barker there who asks you where you’re going…
Some believe that the “little, brown colitas” are what is left after harvesting of marijuana.
The song may be referring to the fact that at all times anyone who visits the hotel feels relaxed and quiet- as if they have smoked/eaten a lot of weed.
The plant in question may refer to marijuana (from the Spanish word for small plants related to cannabis) – or it might refer to incense cedar tree branches which line the entrances of some Indian bazaars; such branches are often used in religious ceremonies and come from trees indigenous to Mexico and Latin America, not California.
Colitas is Spanish for coltsfoot, which is a plant with leaves of gold.
The lyrical interpretation suggests that the narrator is admiring the woman, and imagines her as an angelic entity who might have descended from heaven, hence his curiosity to find out what she’s up to.
Or I might be wrong of course 🙂