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Hotel Manitoba

With apologies to the Eagles


Off an Interlake highway, humid breeze in my hair

Loud buzz of mosquitoes, permeating the air

Further north on the Rez, man, constant floods are a blight

So I packed up all my bags and kids

Needed a room for the night

 

There it stood, Misty Lake Lodge

And it seemed really swell

And I was thinking to myself,

"This could be Heaven or this could be Hell"

But it's been more than two years

And yet still we remain

I hear voices on talk radio

They're so snide when they say

Welcome to the Hotel Manitoba

Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)

For the flood-displaced

Plenty of room at the Hotel Manitoba

Stay a year or two (Stay a year or two)

We will pay for you!

 

We just stare at the ceiling

We take walks on the ice

We are all just prisoners of bureaucratic device

At the legislature

They just don't have a clue

They talk to their friends in Ottawa

Who don't know what to do

 

Last thing I remember

I got woke up late at night

By some dude who told us to get out?

Or did he just want a light?

"Relax," said the MANFF guy.

"We just wanna get paid."

You can check out any time you like

Hope you enjoy your stay

 

Adapted from Hotel California, recorded by the Eagles in 1977

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 20, 2013 D2

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About Bartley Kives

Bartley Kives wants you to know his last name rhymes with Beavis, as in Beavis and Butthead. He aspires to match the wit, grace and intelligence of the 1990s cartoon series.

Bartley joined the Free Press in 1998 as a music critic. He spent the ensuing 7.5 years interviewing the likes of Neil Young and David Bowie and trying to stay out of trouble at the Winnipeg Folk Festival before deciding it was far more exciting to sit through zoning-variance appeals at city hall.

In 2006, Bartley followed Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz from the music business into civic politics. He spent seven years covering city hall from a windowless basement office.

He is now reporter-at-large for the Free Press and also writes an outdoor-recreation column called Offroad for the Outdoors page.

A canoeist, backpacker and food geek, Bartley is fond of conventional and wilderness travel. He is the author of A Daytripper’s Guide to Manitoba: Exploring Canada’s Undiscovered Province, the only comprehensive travel guidebook for Manitoba – and a Canadian bestseller, to boot. He is also co-author of Stuck In The Middle: Dissenting Views of Winnipeg, a collaboration with photographer Bryan Scott and the winner of the 2014 Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award.

Bartley appears every second Wednesday on Citytv’s Breakfast Television. His work has also appeared on CBC Radio and in publications such as The Guardian, explore magazine and National Geographic Traveler.

Born in Winnipeg, he has an arts degree from the University of Winnipeg and a master’s degree in journalism from Ottawa’s Carleton University. He is the proud owner of a blender.

On Twitter: @bkives
Email: bartley.kives@freepress.mb.ca

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