Hotel Roosevelt
Augustana Lyrics


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Last call for the moon tonight, I
I read all, rain on Friday night, and
And take back all the things I said, and
Lay down, rest your pretty head now

Last call, no more drinks tonight, and
It's not your fault, it's time to walk away from
The velvet box full of alcohol, and
TV talks gone on far too long, and

Take anything that's better for me
Take anything that's better for you
Take anything that's better for me
Take it now

Shut up! I'm wrong, I know
But we can't talk about it
All of...the wars, we won
But we're still walkin' home, and

Don't give me your reasons
For all my bad intentions
New York, L.A., hey man
You know it's all the same

Last call, everyone go home, and
Take all of the LA rain in
'Cause it won't fall too much more this year, and
The summer's gone, but I'm still right here

Take anything that's better for me
Take anything that's better for you
Take anything that's better for me
Take it now...

Shut up! I'm wrong, I know
But we can't talk about it
All of the wars, we won
But we're still walkin' home, and

Don't give me your reasons
For all my bad intentions
New York, L.A., hey man
You know it's all the same now

New York, L.A., hey man
You know it's all the same
New York, L.A., hey man
You know it's all the same

New York, L.A., hey man
You know it's all the same
New York, L.A., hey man
Hey man, hey man

New York, L.A., hey man
You know it's all the same
New York, L.A., hey man
You know it's all the same

New York, L.A., hey man
You know it's all the same




New York, L.A., hey man
Hey man, hey man

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Augustana's song Hotel Roosevelt explore the aftermath of a night out on the town, specifically in the settings of New York and LA. The song opens with the singer lamenting the end of the night, as indicated by the “last call for the moon tonight.” They are perhaps reading or reminiscing about the rain they experienced on a Friday night, possibly suggesting a bittersweet or melancholic memory. The singer reflects on the things they said during the course of the night, which suggests some sense of regret, as they also indicate a desire to take back those words. Nevertheless, they ultimately suggest that it is time to “lay down, rest your pretty head now,” indicating a sense of surrender to the end of the night and the inevitable conclusion of the evening’s events.


As the song continues, the singer reflects on the end of their night out, as indicated by the repetition of “last call” and the direction for everyone to “go home.” They recognize that it is time to walk away from the “velvet box full of alcohol” and the “TV talks” that have gone on far too long. They urge themselves and their companions to take anything that’s “better for me/better for you,” indicating a desire to prioritize self-care and well-being.


The song ends with a repeated refrain of “New York, L.A., hey man/You know it’s all the same,” which perhaps speaks to a sense of disillusionment or jadedness with the trappings of the nightlife scene in both cities. The repeated “hey man” at the end of the song reinforces this sense of resignation.


Line by Line Meaning

Last call for the moon tonight, I
It's the last chance to enjoy the night and its beauty.


I read all, rain on Friday night, and
I've been informed that it will rain later tonight.


And take back all the things I said, and
I regret saying certain things and want to take them back.


Lay down, rest your pretty head now
Go to sleep and rest, my love.


Last call, no more drinks tonight, and
It's time to stop drinking and go home.


It's not your fault, it's time to walk away from
No one is to blame, it's just time to leave.


The velvet box full of alcohol, and
The bar is full of temptation and alcohol.


TV talks gone on far too long, and
We've been watching TV for too long.


Take anything that's better for me
I want what's best for me.


Take anything that's better for you
I want what's best for you.


Take anything that's better for me
I want what's best for me.


Take it now
Take it immediately.


Shut up! I'm wrong, I know
I realize I'm wrong, so just stop talking.


But we can't talk about it
We can't talk about our problems.


All of...the wars, we won
We've won every fight we've had.


But we're still walkin' home, and
However, we're still walking home.


Don't give me your reasons
Don't try to explain your motives.


For all my bad intentions
I admit that my intentions are not good.


New York, L.A., hey man
New York and Los Angeles, they're all the same to me.


You know it's all the same
These places are all alike.


Last call, everyone go home, and
It's the end of the night and time to go home.


Take all of the LA rain in
Absorb and cherish the rain in Los Angeles.


'Cause it won't fall too much more this year, and
Because the rain won't come as often for the rest of the year.


The summer's gone, but I'm still right here
Summer is over, but I'm still in the same place.


Take anything that's better for me
I want what's best for me.


Take anything that's better for you
I want what's best for you.


Take anything that's better for me
I want what's best for me.


Take it now...
Take it immediately.


Shut up! I'm wrong, I know
I acknowledge that I'm wrong.


But we can't talk about it
We are incapable of discussing this issue.


All of the wars, we won
We've won all of our fights.


But we're still walkin' home, and
However, we're still walking home.


Don't give me your reasons
I don't want to hear your excuses.


For all my bad intentions
I readily admit my intentions aren't good.


New York, L.A., hey man
New York and Los Angeles don't differ.


You know it's all the same now
They're equally interchangeable.


New York, L.A., hey man
New York and Los Angeles don't differ.


You know it's all the same
They're equally interchangeable.


New York, L.A., hey man
New York and Los Angeles don't differ.


You know it's all the same
They're equally interchangeable.


New York, L.A., hey man
New York and Los Angeles don't differ.


Hey man, hey man
Hey man, hey man.


New York, L.A., hey man
New York and Los Angeles don't differ.


You know it's all the same
They're equally interchangeable.


New York, L.A., hey man
New York and Los Angeles don't differ.


Hey man, hey man
Hey man, hey man.




Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: DANIEL LAYUS, JARED PALOMAR, JOSIAH ROZENCWAJG, JUSTIN SOUTH

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