"Hollywood Waltz" as written by and Don Henley Bernie Leadon....
Springtime, the acacias are blooming
Southern California will see one more day
Dreamland and business is booming
The birds are a singing as I drift away

She looks another year older
From too many lovers who used her and ran
But some nights, oh she looks like an angel
And she's always willing to hold you again
So give her this dance, she can't be forsaken
Learn how to love her with all of her faults
She gave more than she's taken
And I'll go down doing the Hollywood Waltz

Springtime and the lady is grieving
The lovers just stand there with nothing to say
They got what they wanted, they're packing and leaving
To look for another to love the same way
So give her this dance, she can't be forsaken
Learn how to love her with all of her faults
She gave more than she's taken
And I'll go down doing the Hollywood Waltz

The Hollywood Waltz
The Hollywood Waltz
The Hollywood Waltz
The Hollywood Waltz


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"Hollywood Waltz" as written by Don Henley Bernie Leadon

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    General CommentNobody has commented on this song, maily because is a relativly unknown song, but this is a great, and I mean great song, to me one of the most underrated.
    This song is about hope, about looking forward to life, and about a girl.
    MookieBomberon March 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTo me this is not about a woman per se but the LA/Hollywood scene. The people are symbols of how the place and Industry uses you up like a whore and then goes on to another.
    Hatzon September 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is what Don Henley said in one interview was intro to Hotel California.

    Here he compares beatiful woman (and cheap one, though) with California (also beatiful but lacks morale).
    FrailGraspon September 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe Hollywood Waltz is a descriptive term that the Authors of the Song use to relay a "Theme" of a "shared-behavior" they probably all experienced during the time they lived in Southern California. The common place in time, experiences and (sometimes "fragile") emotional state they were all experiencing as young aspiring (often struggling) Musicians in Los Angeles (particularly Hollywood). Apparently, they had many friends, but not many close "female friends" or "lovers" (at least not many they could trust). The Lyrics bring you into both a time and place (or "mind-set" and "feeling") of a young man appreciating a moment of reflection in his life (during a beautiful time of year.....Springtime.....the Acacias are Blooming...) as he reflects on his (and others') "hollow relationship" with an older, more mature woman, who many they (and presumably others) have "shared" or "loved".....all a part of the Hollywood Scene in the 1970's. The Author(s) have "given-in" to "temptations of the flesh". In this song they very eloquently label this transgression "The Hollywood Waltz". Extremely Poetic, Beautifully Written and Forever a Spring-time Favorite.
    ruby hill2on May 01, 2016   Link

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