What Is The Meaning Of Colitas?

“Hotel California” by The Eagles is one of the most popular songs in the 1980s. It is well known for its harmonic melody as well as the deep meanings the song aims to express.

This song and its lyrics contain a lot of word that sound unfamiliar. If you study the lyrics of this song, you will come across many words such as “Tiffany twisted” or “colitas”. Even English speaker would find difficulties understanding these words. Have you ever wondered what the meanings of these words are? Read here to find out what the word “colitas” is truly means.


So what does Colitas mean?

A part right at the beginning of the song “Hotel California” goes like this: "On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair, warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air". Other words are easy to understand. But what are colitas? And what do they smell like in the air?

The chance is high that you wouldn’t find the word “Colitas” in any English dictionary. In fact, this word has no meaning in the English language. But it does have its stand in Spanish dictionary.

  • In Spanish, this word means “small tails”. The singular form of this Spanish word is “Cola”, meaning a small tail of an animal. Its plural diminutive form is “colitas”
  • When it is used in Hispanic culture, this word refers to “buttock”
  • In Mexico, this Spanish word is a slang term. It refers to “the buds of the cannabis plant”. The tip of such cannabis plant will have more sap, meaning it is the most potent parts of the plat. And as a result, it has much stronger smell.

Why does the word “Colitas” end up in the song “Hotel California”?

One of the managers of the band The Eagles at the time of the song “Hotel California” is made is a Spanish-American. He told the band that Colitas means “little buds” in English. They are looking for words to describe the smell of Marijuana buds.

We can conclude it here that the band The Eagles, uses the word “colitas” in the song “Hotel California” to refer to the marijuana buds. And the smell of these buds can be easily spotted in the air. For a boarder meaning, the band is setting the context of the song. They want to sing the current state of California at the time. And the city, as well as the lives of the people living in California, is drug influenced. It is the 70’s in America and there is no subtle yet powerful way of describing the city in these years much better than just a single line "On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair, warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air".

Fun fact: Now that you know about the meaning of the word “colitas”, you might want to know about the meaning of the phrase “Tiffany twisted”, one of the most confusing words in the song as well, right?

In fact, Tiffany here refers to the jewelry company. And when the band sings that a girl is “Tiffany twisted”, they want us to know that this girl is obsessed with jewelry and all of the fancy things just like the girl in “Breakfast in Tiffany’s”.

I hope that this small article helps to explain to you about the meaning of “Colitas”, the word which is sang in the song “Hotel California”. Why this word doesn’t have meaning in English, it is meaningful in Spanish. It could mean the small tails, the buttocks or the buds of the Marijuana. In the song “Hotel California”, the word is used to mention the small of the cannabis plant. Now that you know about Colitas and other metaphors, you would surely understand the song and enjoy it more than you used to before.