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01-12-08

The Doors, The end

Bedoeling is om af en toe stil te staan bij de diepere gronden achter een bepaald liedje: niet alleen de letterlijke betekenis van de lyrics, maar ook het waarom en de tijdsgeest waarin het zich allemaal afspeelt. Tenslotte ook het belang van het liedje voor de desbetreffende band en/of maatschappij.

"I'll never look into your eyes again"

Beginnen doen we met "The end" van The doors. De tekst van 'The End' leverde de band van alle kanten kritiek op vanwege het onderwerp, het Oedipus-complex. Hippies vonden het te gewelddadig, terwijl conservatieven het moreel verval vonden prediken. Soortgelijke teksten zouden echter van grote invloed blijken voor bijvoorbeeld Pink Floyd.

The end was eigenlijk een keerpunt voor the doors. Toen ze het nummer speelden in de Whiskey a Go Go in July 1966, werden ze prompt ontslagen. Voor Jim was het de aanzet om een eerste album te componeren. Het begin van hun succes.

Tijdens een interview, verwoordde Jim het als volgt: “It started out as a simple goodbye song, it's sufficiently complex and universal in its imagery that it could be almost anything you want it to be.”
Jim's boodschap is "act now, search later. Life is a journey, but any journey will be painful. Life is pain, love is pain, and fear prevents people from experiencing life, from accepting what The Doors ultimately come to realise, that we are all just riders on the storm."

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end

Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I'll never look into your eyes...again

Can you picture what will be
So limitless and free
Desperately in need...of some...stranger's hand
In a...desperate land

Lost in a Roman...wilderness of pain
And all the children are insane
All the children are insane
Waiting for the summer rain, yeah

There's danger on the edge of town
Ride the King's highway, baby
Weird scenes inside the gold mine
Ride the highway west, baby

Ride the snake, ride the snake
To the lake, the ancient lake, baby
The snake is long, seven miles
Ride the snake...he's old, and his skin is cold

The west is the best
The west is the best
Get here, and we'll do the rest

The blue bus is callin' us
The blue bus is callin' us
Driver, where you taken' us

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
And he came to a door...and he looked inside
Father, yes son, I want to kill you
Mother...I want to...fuck you

C'mon baby, take a chance with us
C'mon baby, take a chance with us
C'mon baby, take a chance with us
And meet me at the back of the blue bus
Doin' a blue rock
On a blue bus
Doin' a blue rock
C'mon, yeah

Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end

It hurts to set you free
But you'll never follow me
The end of laughter and soft lies
The end of nights we tried to die

This is the end

12:45 Gepost door Epic in Oldies | Permalink | Commentaren (1) | Tags: the doors, doors, the end |  Facebook |

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Mijn favoriete Doors/Morrison quotes Dit heb ik ooit op een dasspeld willen laten graveren (uit Roadhouse Blues):
"The future's uncertain and the end is always near"
En deze is dan weer mijn favoriete quote uit "The Severed Garden" (van Morrison's dichtbundel An American Prayer):
"Death makes angels of us all and gives us wings where we had shoulders, smooth as raven's claws"

Gepost door: KoenV | 05-12-08

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