2 min readThe Doors – The End (1967)

I’ll be the first to say it about Jim Morrison – “There was something deeply wrong with that boy”:

“The killer awoke before dawn, he put his boots on
He took a face from the ancient gallery
And he walked on down the hall

He went into the room where his sister lived, and then he
Paid a visit to his brother, and then he
He walked on down the hall, and
He came to a door, and he looked inside
Father, yes son, I want to kill you
Mother, I want to fuck you”

But somewhere in that troubled mind sprung some of the most poetic, immersive musical landscapes in rock. Just remember kids that “Drugs and alcohol are bad, mmkay”.

In John Densmore’s autobiography Riders on the Storm, he recalls when Morrison explained the meaning:

“At one point Jim said to me during the recording session, and he was tearful, and he shouted in the studio, ‘Does anybody understand me?’ And I said yes, I do, and right then and there we got into a long discussion and Jim just kept saying over and over kill the father, fuck the mother, and essentially boils down to this, kill all those things in yourself which are instilled in you and are not of yourself, they are alien concepts which are not yours, they must die.

Fuck the mother is very basic, and it means get back to essence, what is reality, what is, fuck the mother is very basically mother, mother-birth, real, you can touch it, it’s nature, it can’t lie to you. So what Jim says at the end of the Oedipus section, which is essentially the same thing that the classic says, kill the alien concepts, get back reality, the end of alien concepts, the beginning of personal concepts.”

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