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The Doors — Cars Hiss By My Window
Album: L.A. Woman
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Released: 1971
Length: 4:06
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The cars hiss by my window
Like the waves down on the beach
The cars hiss by my window
Like the waves down on the beach
I got this girl beside me
But she's out of reach

Headlight through my window
Shinin' on the wall
Headlight through my window
Shinin' on the wall
Can't hear my baby
Though I call and call

Yeah, right
Woo!

Windows started tremblin'
With a sonic boom
Windows started tremblin'
With a sonic boom, boom
A cold girl'll kill you
In a darkened room

Yeah, woo
Ride
Ride on

Weooooo! Wawa, eooo! Oooo, owa, owaaa! Wa, waaaaea! Ooo, wa, wa, wa, wa, waa!
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 Dave_Mack wrote:
Speaking of windows, this sure sounds a lot like Jimi's "Belly Button Window". Not that there's anything wrong with that.

 
INTERESTING ?...it sure does doesn't  it ?huh ? HaHa..HeHe    (:o)~         Naugatuck,Connecticut 

 ojibwe wrote:
This is a Doors song you don't hear very often at all
 
Thank God.
Holy shit was that horrible! I am really glad that I never heard that before, and I really hope I never hear it again!
Speaking of windows, this sure sounds a lot like Jimi's "Belly Button Window". Not that there's anything wrong with that.
 Angry_Old_Man wrote:
Jimmy Reed is that you? 

 
Jimmy speaks through many voices.
Jim used to listen to Otis Redding for hours on end, and I'm glad that he and the band sure could lay down some sweet badass blues...
 LowPhreak wrote:
Would you have liked his music any better had he died of leukemia?  {#Rolleyes}
 
Nope. Except for "Riders" Morrison comes off as an annoying bully.
Manzarek is one of my main style influences, but the Doors are just annoying.
Jimmy Reed is that you? 
Yes!
Thanks for keeping this obscure and quirky gem in rotation.
This is a Doors song you don't hear very often at all
 LPCity wrote:

I always found Dennis Leary's "review" of The Doors movie to be the most accurate:  "I'm nobody, I'm drunk.  I'm famous, I'm drunk.  I'm fat, I'm drunk.  That's the movie; big fat drunk guy dead in a bath tub at the end."

 

The same Dennis Leary who yaps endlessly for Ford trucks on TV like he's still an edgy blue-collar wise guy. Whatever appeal his opinions had for me ended a long time ago. 

One of the owners of a nightclub next to Morrison's last hotel came forward recently and claimed that he found Jim in a bathroom stall at the club, dead from a drug overdose. The owner was terrified that the police would shut down the club if he reported the matter, so he and a friend moved Morrison's body back to his hotel room via a secret staircase connecting the two businesses, drew a bath and plunked the body in.

Not the greatest Doors song. Who knows what Jim would have done if he'd cleaned up, but I think his Rock God days were coming to an end regardless of what he did or wanted. 
 h8rhater wrote:

That's a sad set of legends you've got there vandal.
 
Not my legends; just riffing on your gaffe. . . 
 

 vandal wrote:

Yep, them, Celine Dion, and Wayne Newton. . .
 
That's a sad set of legends you've got there vandal.

Fading out when it gets great....?
WHY??
wao waaaao wao wao wao's at the end bumped it from 6->8.
Best. Set. Ever.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Cool, slinky tune from the Doors best album.
 
Wow I'm really liking this. 8.

East to West, increasingly stylized trek toward...


 
Stefen wrote: 


Cool, slinky tune from the Doors best album.
 h8rhater wrote:

Cuz that's what all the other living legends of his era are doing these days. 

 
Yep, them, Celine Dion, and Wayne Newton. . .


 holborne wrote:


Better than what would have been his fate had he lived:  gyrating around on the stage in Vegas singing "Love Me Two Times" for the 634rd time that week, while a bunch of bored tourists yawned and rolled their eyes, impatiently waiting for the main act to come on.

 
Cuz that's what all the other living legends of his era are doing these days. 

 LPCity wrote:

I always found Dennis Leary's "review" of The Doors movie to be the most accurate:  "I'm nobody, I'm drunk.  I'm famous, I'm drunk.  I'm fat, I'm drunk.  That's the movie; big fat drunk guy dead in a bath tub at the end."

 

Would you have liked his music any better had he died of leukemia?  {#Rolleyes}


 On_The_Beach wrote:
 copymonkey wrote:
L.A. Woman showed the direction that the Doors were headed, and it was verryyy promising and cool. . . .
 

I agree. You can't help but wonder how great the next album might have been. Alas.
Dying in a drunken/high stupor in a Parisian bathtub was Jim's fate.
 
I always found Dennis Leary's "review" of The Doors movie to be the most accurate:  "I'm nobody, I'm drunk.  I'm famous, I'm drunk.  I'm fat, I'm drunk.  That's the movie; big fat drunk guy dead in a bath tub at the end."

Thanks again, Bill.  RP is the best radio station on the planet.  And this may be my favorite rainy day song of all time.  Not that it's raining here now, but still..
Yeah Bill I see what you're doing... and I love it. :)
So Bllluuuuueeeesssssyyyy!
 rtrudeau wrote:
So wonderful to hear one of the more obscure (non-top-40) tracks by this great band.
 
Yes, I couldn't agree more! {#Clap}
 islander wrote:
Who are these flaming toad junkies of which you speak?  Where can I buy there merchandise?
 
You're not hip to the FTJs? Dude, you are so last week!

 islander wrote:

Who are these flaming toad junkies of which you speak?  Where can I buy there merchandise?

 
Yea, and I need a banana for my cereal in the morning.

Really excellent restrained musicianship on this track.
 midreaming wrote:

can't help but wonder if this band were listed w/ a nom de plume like Flaming Toad Junkies with a more recent release date, if nay sayers wouldn't be drooling and pasting their silly bananas everywhere


 
Who are these flaming toad junkies of which you speak?  Where can I buy there merchandise?

Godlike
Song *7 entire collection start to finish *9James Douglas "Jim" Morrison
 midreaming wrote:
can't help but wonder if this band were listed w/ a nom de plume like Flaming Toad Junkies with a more recent release date, if nay sayers wouldn't be drooling and pasting their silly bananas everywhere
  {#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana_2}  There.  That's MUCH better ...
My senior quote:  "The cars hiss by my window like the waves down on the beach."

And I LOVE Jim's guitar solo at the end.

can't help but wonder if this band were listed w/ a nom de plume like Flaming Toad Junkies with a more recent release date, if nay sayers wouldn't be drooling and pasting their silly bananas everywhere


Dead Jim at his wasted best.
ohh geeez.  mute.  goin for lunch.
 holborne wrote:


Better than what would have been his fate had he lived:  gyrating around on the stage in Vegas singing "Love Me Two Times" for the 634rd time that week, while a bunch of bored tourists yawned and rolled their eyes, impatiently waiting for the main act to come on.

 
Well, since you said it that way... {#Ass}
 holborne wrote:
Better than what would have been his fate had he lived:  gyrating around on the stage in Vegas singing "Love Me Two Times" for the 634rd time that week, while a bunch of bored tourists yawned and rolled their eyes, impatiently waiting for the main act to come on.
 
Ah, ye of little faith! Yes, that sad scenario is one possibility. So there is an upside to dying young. I'd like to think the Doors could have produced a few more classic albums and then faded away. Given Jim's propensity for booze & drugs however, I guess the way things turned out was pretty much inevitable.

 On_The_Beach wrote:
 I agree. You can't help but wonder how great the next album might have been. Alas.
Dying in a drunken/high stupor in a Parisian bathtub was Jim's fate.
 

Better than what would have been his fate had he lived:  gyrating around on the stage in Vegas singing "Love Me Two Times" for the 634rd time that week, while a bunch of bored tourists yawned and rolled their eyes, impatiently waiting for the main act to come on.

 copymonkey wrote:
L.A. Woman showed the direction that the Doors were headed, and it was verryyy promising and cool. . . .
 



I agree. You can't help but wonder how great the next album might have been. Alas.
Dying in a drunken/high stupor in a Parisian bathtub was Jim's fate.


I once read a comment on another Doors tune on RP which mentioned that if Jim Morrison was still alive he would be overweight, have a screwed up life and have a reality show on a cable station. RIP Jim!!!!
Excellent... 
I liked it right up until the end. Whatever Jim was doing at the end there just ruined it for me. 5/10
So wonderful to hear one of the more obscure (non-top-40) tracks by this great band.
Great song. I'd kinda forgotten what a great blues band the Doors were ... 
I love this album...and fat bloated Jim!
I can't help thinking of the Doors movie during the making of this album. Whiskey and Head.
susanjinx1 wrote:
mmmmmmmmmmmm Pure baritone Jim......love it, always have!
Here! Here! That dude had a way with his voice...wowza.
always loved when the Lizard King sang the Blues. an original.
copymonkey wrote:
L.A. Woman showed the direction that the Doors were headed, and it was verryyy promising and cool. Then Jim decided to high-tail it to Paris and....
Well, I always thought it showed The Doors were on the way down. This and even LA Woman are pretty crappy.
mmmmmmmmmmmm Pure baritone Jim......love it, always have!
esotericderek wrote:
The lack of negative comments here makes me wonder who's giving this a "1".
Gets a big 9 from me...
The lack of negative comments here makes me wonder who's giving this a "1".
L.A. Woman showed the direction that the Doors were headed, and it was verryyy promising and cool. Then Jim decided to high-tail it to Paris and....
sonic boom boom, timeless
Haven't heard this one in more years than I care to remember Thanks, Bill
Yay Doors! More please.
\"A cold girl will kill you in a darkened room.\" Ain\'t that the truth.
I love this song. Jim Morrison could sing much more than I thought. This song and Riders in the Storm made me interested in the Doors and the music of the 1960\'s. Excellent choice.