When the Music's Over
by Nicolas Salinas
Upon hearing the initial melody by Ray Manzarek one is encountered with a classic The Doors song. As in most of their records, The "Strange Days" LP ends with an epic song, one that speaks in many ways to the listener, enchanted with Jim Morrison's "electrical poetry", with fine imagery and perhaps autobiographical experience. John Densmore at drums and Robby Krieger through his guitar take on this journey of a song that speaks of uniqueness, individuality to the point of a loneliness that is in ultimate need of connecting, of a friend, "until the end". So Jim Morrison sings "...before I sink, into the big sleep, I want you here...". This experience unites him with an expression that goes beyond him and reunites him back with mankind, even though he has gone far enough alone and that expression is music. His only friend, until the end.