In the song he says, "slipping and a sliding" which is a description of using a needle for injection.He uses brown because heroin is normally found as a brown powder (china brown).
Its about Stanley Owsley III, a chemist who was well-known in the San Francisco drug culture.
He made millions of tablets of strong LSD in his day, and then dissapeared.
So, before you start to make a reference to a song please research it before you put description into an artists work.
-Professor Stylee Steely Dan's "Kid Charlemagne" This is a tough song to decipher.are many Steely Dan Songs.
Many of the lines mentioned in the other review of this song present on this site are a direct reference to drugs: "We are all prisoners here of our own device" - you choose to live the high life, and then are stuck to them; "You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave" - as an artist, you can always step away from the spotlight, but you'll always be stuck to it somehow; "this could be heaven or this could be hell" - once more, a reference to the high life, and also to the high during a drug run, and the low afterwards; "And in the master's chambers, They gathered for the feast The stab it with their steely knives, But they just can't kill the beast" - a reference to buying drugs for someone, doing the drugs, and still wanting more."The Eagles's "Hotel California"Actually...after talking to members of the band..song is about a gang in california..line "you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave" symbolises the fact that once your in..in for life..
the girl mentioned in the story is like a metaphor for the gang itself... thats all The Eagles's "Hotel California"After listening to the song, the first time around, I thought it was about the heavy drug use in the 70's.
I think this is proof enough of what this song really means.
The Eagles's "Hotel California"Actually, the most accepted theory is that Hotel California talks about "high life" in So. It talks about a being trapped in the high life, and having to deal with many obsessions - especially drugs.
Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" It is a song about his love for heroin.