web analytics

“The Last Resort” by The Eagles

The Last Resort” is a song originally released on the album Hotel California by the Eagles. The performance in the video below is from “Hell Freezes Over” – a live recorded event on 25-26 April 1994. The album is the first to be released after the Eagles had reformed following a fourteen-year-long break up. Hell Freezes Over was also released in video form on VHS, LaserDisc and DVD. Before the album was released, the Eagles also started a tour, which would last from 1994 to 1996 and became one of the most successful tours in music history.

Note: Portions of the above description are from Wikipedia.

Official Song Post on YouTube

The Eagles YouTube channel has an audio studio version of the song posted on 1 Nov 2018 with 1.6 million plays. [View]

Live Performance Videos

Occasionally videos are removed from YouTube and no longer available, so below are multiple videos of the song being performed.

The video below is shared on YouTube by DJ RR Dance Party Remix (27 Nov 2021). Note: As of 27 Mar 2023 the video is no longer available. It’s best to use the link above for the official video.

“The Last Resort” – Lyrics

She came from Providence, the one in Rhode Island
Where the old world shadows hang heavy in the air
She packed her hopes and dreams like a refugee,
Just as her father came across the sea

She heard about a place people were smilin’,
They spoke about the red man’s way, how they loved the land
And they came from everywhere to the Great Divide
Seeking a place to stand or a place to hide

Down in the crowded bars out for a good time,
Can’t wait to tell you all what it’s like up there
And they called it paradise, I don’t know why
Somebody laid the mountains low while the town got high

Then the chilly winds blew down across the desert,
Through the canyons of the coast to the Malibu
Where the pretty people play hungry for power
To light their neon way and give them things to do

Some rich man came and raped the land, nobody caught ’em,
Put up a bunch of ugly boxes and, Jesus, people bought ’em
And they called it paradise, the place to be,
They watched the hazy sun sinking in the sea

You can leave it all behind and sail to Lahaina
Just like the missionaries did so many years ago
They even brought a neon sign ‘Jesus is Coming’,
Brought the white man’s burden down, brought the white man’s reign

Who will provide the grand design, what is yours and what is mine?
‘Cause there is no more new frontier, we have got to make it here
We satisfy our endless needs and justify our bloody deeds
In the name of destiny and in the name of God

And you can see them there on Sunday morning
Stand up and sing about what it’s like up there
They called it paradise, I don’t know why
You call some place paradise, kiss it goodbye

[Event Date: 25-26 Apr 1994. Release Date: 8 Nov 1994. Posted: 27 Sep 2020.]

Document History

  • 27 Mar 2023. The title of this page was shorted from its original of: “The Last Resort” – Performed by The Eagles (Live, 25-26 Apr 1994). The title is now: “The Last Resort” by The Eagles. Any embedded videos from Jul 2022 that were no longer working have been removed.
  • 3 Jul 2022. The videos shared on the page were no longer available from YouTube, so they have been replaced.
  • 27 Sep 2020. Article posted and given the date of 25 Apr 1994 to coincide with the live recording date.

By Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson is a freelance writer and tech consultant in Iowa City. He is also the founder and Director of the ResourcesForLife.com website. Learn more at AboutGregJohnson.com