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Death, Sex, Freedom and Rebellion

Jim’s lyrics are often both, introspective and superficial, rebellious and self-indulgent, thoughtful and careless

Sal Ibarra

Death, Sex, Freedom and Rebellion

by Sal Ibarra

Not every song could go on for 11 minutes and keep you interested. But When the Music’s Over does just that, with its musical and lyrical drama, it exudes both calmness and anxiety. When you immerse yourself in the music and words, it is a movie about blossoming youth in search of freedom, pondering on the conflicting ideas that often cause confusion. It is a movie about sex, death, violence and rebellion. The Music is also another word for life and being. When the music’s over, turn out the lights -- when life ends, there is only silence, it’s over. It's all over. All your fear, pain and joy will end with death, but until death comes, enjoy life without much caution, dance on fire as it intends, enjoy the hell out of it. This is all we have and the only thing we will ever have. Music is your only friend.

The Scream of the Butterfly is an erotic film. Jim saw it written on a XXX theater marquee. A lyrical euphemism for sex. Indulge and enjoy. Live to the fullest. Fuck. Come back baby, back into my arms.

We’re getting tired of hanging around...with our heads to the ground -- We need to rebel. We are tired of bowing down to the establishment, to bullshit ideas, to those assholes in power, to their deities and sins, tired of them telling us what to do, what to think, tired of doing nothing about it. They have destroyed the Earth and fucked everything up. Just look around.

I hear a very gentle sound -- I feel change coming. Very near yet very far. Very soft yet very clear...

We want the world and we want it NOW!

Most often misunderstood is the following verse, because it is a response from a third party, from the establishment:

Persian night, they scream, a reference to the birth of the messiah and divine authority.

See the light, they say naively. The same light we will turn out. Morrison canceled his subscription to the resurrection, to deities, to religion, to bullshit. No Jesus will not save us from ourselves. We are the ones that need to make a change.

Jim’s lyrics are often both, introspective and superficial, rebellious and self-indulgent, thoughtful and careless. Nevertheless, they reveal much about his thoughts, frustrations, personality and most of all, his sense of rebellion. And this song manages to pull you into his Inferno with the sound of Manzarek's droning keyboard and the wailing and crashing of Krieger's guitar. Jim Morrison guides you lyrically with whispers and screams and Densmore follows with a percussive explosion that sometimes leads to calm pastures, other times, to the agony and suffering of hell.

 

Jim’s lyrics are often both, introspective and superficial, rebellious and self-indulgent, thoughtful and careless

Sal Ibarra

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Strange Days
Release Date: 
Monday, September 25, 1967 (All day)

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