Well there's too many windows in this old hotel
And rooms filled with reckless pride
And the walls have grown sturdy
And the halls have worn well
But there is nobody living in inside
Nobody living inside
Gonna pull in the shutters on this heart of mine
Roll up the carpets and pull in the blinds
And retreat to the chambers that I left behind
In hopes there still may be love left to find
Still may be love left to find
Seek inspiration in daily affairs
Now your soul is in trouble and requires repairs
And the voices you hear at the top of the stairs
Are only echoes of unanswered prayers
Echoes of unanswered prayers
Well there's too many windows in this old hotel
And rooms filled with reckless pride
And the walls have grown sturdy
And the halls have worn well
But there is nobody living in inside
Nobody living inside



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    General CommentThe song or at least part of it means that nothing is forever in life. Even our memories will come to pass.
    lovewordson March 12, 2013   Link
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    General CommentObviously he is very lonely, the song itself sounds like a lonely person reaching out. Not so complicated to figure this song out. He had too much price to look within himself and often pushed other people away. Only now they acknowledge mistakes hoping it is not too late to express love and receive love from those still around who he pushed away.
    whateverworkson December 14, 2013   Link
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    My OpinionFor anyone who has heard this song, the best part is the melody. It alternates between a classical-sounding composition with bold strings and piano to smooth jazz. The lyrics indicate a person who has lived their life under the expectation love would come to them without having to reciprocate. The lines with "reckless pride" and "shutters on this heart of mine" tell the key part of this story. I've never really paid much attention to the lyrics of this song, only because the melody is so stunning. It's one of those that can get stuck in your head for days at a time.
    mfrerkeson December 22, 2014   Link
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    General Comment“Too many windows in this old hotel,”

    Hotel is a place where anyone can have access for a price. I don’t think this necessarily has to do with sexual relationships, but maybe even just the process of writing his heart out in the midst of being a songwriter. Everyone has seen his inner thoughts, feelings, and life. He’s lost himself in the process.

    “And rooms filled with reckless pride,”

    His desire to please everyone and reach the top has left his heart filled with lots of resentment & other unhealthy attitudes towards himself and the world.

    “And the walls have grown sturdy, and the halls have worn well, but there is nobody living inside.”

    He’s tried to patch things up, cope with these feelings over time. He feels like it’s held up well given all he’s experienced, but in its current form, it’s not anything he (or anyone else) wants to love.

    “Gonna pull in the shutters, on this heart of mine, roll up the carpets, pull in the blinds, and retreat to the chambers that I left behind, in hopes there still may be love left to find.”

    He’s soul searching, trying to find himself again. He tried to dress himself up for everyone, and instead he needs to hunker down and examine things from the inside - let his real self back out from being hidden beneath all the facades he lays out.

    “Seek inspiration from daily affairs, now your soul is in trouble and requires repair, and the voices you hear at the top of the stairs are only echoes of unanswered prayers.”

    This is a restatement of the situation. He got so wrapped up in being a celebrity to all that he got damaged and lonely...and he feels as though God hasn’t provided the relief either.

    I think the restatement of “Well there’s too many windows in this old hotel” provides hope. He recognizes the problem, he can’t keep exposing himself like he has. The question is whether there’s still something left that someone can love.
    Guitarearlon February 13, 2019   Link
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    My InterpretationSo I'm thinking he is saying that he has treated his heart like a hotel - renting space for a time, but never having a permanent tenant. He was reckless with his relationships, and now he is paying the price with loneliness, and is basically giving up on love by shutting the hotel down because he has missed the opportunity to having a loving relationship. Just my take....love this song!
    thirstonon May 06, 2019   Link

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