“Chateau Lobby #4” is the second single from I Love You, Honeybear, following “Bored in the USA.” Like most of the album, it is inspired by his wife.
[It’s] about Emma and I running around L.A. when we first met. This mariachi band [on the song] is part of the atmosphere here in L.A. You just hear it in the air.
In addition to referencing an iconic Hollywood touchstone, the track’s title winks towards Leonard Cohen’s song “Chelsea Hotel No. 2”, which also describes a sexual liaison in a storied hotel famous for its artistic guests.
Additionally, the song’s subtitle references Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins, the debut album by Beatle John Lennon and his future wife, Yoko Ono, recorded the night they became a couple and right before they had sex with each other for the first time. The couple was also known for their antics in hotels, having conducted two week-long “bed-ins” in 1969, in peaceful protest for the Vietnam War.