So I called up the captain, “Please bring me my wine”
He said, “We haven’t had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine”
Most of you, I presume, will recognise those lyrics from the Eagles’ most famous song, Hotel California. I like the song. I like it quite a lot actually. I’ve often imagined how satisfied they must’ve been when they first listened back to it in the studio. Must’ve been a good moment. I’m not really a lyrics kind of person. I don’t pay attention. I just sing along without really taking in the words that are coming out of my mouth. And only a couple of years back did I realise that my perception of the above words is totally skewed because of when I am listening to it. I’m listening to it in the first decade or so of the 21st century; 1969 is forty-one years ago. Why would anyone be order a wine that a hotel served forty-one years ago. Oh, err, the song was recorded in 1976, just seven years after 1969. So, not such a big deal. Although, Messrs Frey and Henley, wine is not a spirit, you buffoons.
And while we’re on the topic of years in songs, in Somethin’ Else by Eddie Cochran, he mentions that his “car’s out front and it’s all mine, just a ’41 Ford not a ’59.” Putting this in a 2011 context would mean Eddie owns a 1993 Ford. Probably a Fiesta, I’d imagine.
There are probably more examples. (That’s your cue to leave a comment if you think of any.)