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The Doors — When The Music's Over
Album: Strange Days
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7.6

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Total ratings: 837









Released: 1967
Length: 10:55
Plays (last 30 days): 1
When the music's over
When the music's over, yeah
When the music's over
Turn out the lights
Turn out the lights
Turn out the lights

When the music's over
When the music's over
When the music's over
Turn out the lights
Turn out the lights
Turn out the lights

For the music is your special friend
Dance on fire as it intends
Music is your only friend
Until the end
Until the end
Until the end

Cancel my subscription to the resurrection
Send my credentials to the house of detention
I got some friends inside
The face in the mirror won't stop
The girl in the window won't drop
A feast of friends, alive she cried
Waiting for me
Outside

Before I sink into the big sleep
I want to hear
I want to hear
The scream of the butterfly

Come back, baby
Back into my arms
We're getting tired of hangin' around
Waitin' around with our heads to the ground
I hear a very gentle sound
Very near yet very far
Very soft yet very clear
Come today
Come today

What have they done to the earth?
What have they done to our fair sister?
Ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit her
Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn
And tied her with fences and dragged her down

I hear a very gentle sound
With your ear down to the ground
We want the world and we want it
We want the world and we want it
Now
Now?
Now!

Persian night, babe
See the light, babe
Save us, Jesus
Save us

So when the music's over
When the music's over, yeah
When the music's over
Turn out the lights
Turn out the lights
Turn out the lights

Well the music is your special friend
Dance on fire as it intends
Music is your only friend
Until the end
Until the end
Until the end

Eh? Okay, let's do one more.
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 rednred wrote:
I agree that the music in "Apocalypse Now" was very powerful, and
appropriate for the Vietnam War. For the younger people in the RP
universe, that music was the soundtrack of my generation's life. I
worked for Francis Ford Coppola and Zoetrope Studios, in San Francisco
and Hollywood, at the very beginning of the decade of the 1980s. I got
to know many of the people who had just returned from spending three
years of their lives in the Philippines filming "Apocalypse Now". To a
person they felt like they had lived through the Vietnam War while
making that film. There was actually a war going on in the Philippines
during the filming, such that on any given day the helicopters that were
featured in the film could have been taken away by the Philippines
government to go fight the rebels. I was of the age where I could have
been going to Vietnam to fight in that horrible, totally unnecessary
war, if not for the college deferment I had from 1969-1973. And I
marched at the first million people anti-war march in Washington DC. If
you have not seen it check out the outstanding documentary about the
making of "Apocalypse Now", "Hearts of Darkness". https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0...
 
Thanks for sharing your story, rednred, very interesting.
God! This sux!
Nobody does music like this anymore. Do they?
Gosh what a swell song! 8
I agree that the music in "Apocalypse Now" was very powerful, and
appropriate for the Vietnam War. For the younger people in the RP
universe, that music was the soundtrack of my generation's life. I
worked for Francis Ford Coppola and Zoetrope Studios, in San Francisco
and Hollywood, at the very beginning of the decade of the 1980s. I got
to know many of the people who had just returned from spending three
years of their lives in the Philippines filming "Apocalypse Now". To a
person they felt like they had lived through the Vietnam War while
making that film. There was actually a war going on in the Philippines
during the filming, such that on any given day the helicopters that were
featured in the film could have been taken away by the Philippines
government to go fight the rebels. I was of the age where I could have
been going to Vietnam to fight in that horrible, totally unnecessary
war, if not for the college deferment I had from 1969-1973. And I
marched at the first million people anti-war march in Washington DC. If
you have not seen it check out the outstanding documentary about the
making of "Apocalypse Now", "Hearts of Darkness". https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0...
 hayduke2 wrote:
didn't give The Doors any appreciation until I went to a friends in D.C. one weekend and we saw "Apocalypse Now" on it's opening night - FFFUUUUUUCCCKKKK!!!  That film blew my mind, and the use of music throughout was astounding, but The Doors realized the Hell of it man, the need for dope and mystic escape from that nasty shit we are so responsible for in our human-infected world .. awesome, makes me tear up
 

I was 16 when Apocalypse Now came out, and had just read Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" for English class. My two friends and I got to the theater late and the only empty seats left were in the first row. We spent the whole movie with our heads tilted way back to see the whole screen. The power and intensity of the film and our extreme proximity to a very large screen made me feel like the whole experience was being overloaded into my brain--something like out of "The Matrix." 

We stayed in our seats after the movie ended, trying to make sense of it. Then we watched the whole damned film again at the very next showing. Later in life, when others were watching "Apocalypse Now" on TV, I start watching it intending only to take in the first ten minutes...and wind up staying for the whole damned thing. 


Many of you may not remember or know how difficult it was for Americans in 1979 to discuss or even acknowledge the failure and tragedy of the Vietnam War. Even though the last US troops left in 1973, the chaotic fall of Saigon in 1975 seared the futility of our presence there into American minds. "The Deer Hunter" and "Apocalypse Now" were the first movies to capture the brutality and chaos of war in Vietnam, and even then only as a secondary focus of each movie. The way I remember it, "Platoon" in '86 finally pushed the war itself into America's consciousness. 

I've watched much of Stanley Karnow's "Vietnam: A Television History" and about half of Ken Burns' documentary. Both documentaries, especially Burns', really hammer home how the US never had any chance to "win" that war or save the South Vietnamese government. Sadly, we had forgotten that lesson by the time we blindly marched into invading Iraq. 
The Doors kinda wear me out. But you do have to admire the ability to play/record music while tripping one's brains to the next galaxy and back. 
One of my all-time favorite Doors tunes.
I used to fall asleep listening to the doors with headphones as youngster. Fondly remembering a time, waking up in a panic to the part when Jim comes screaming in
 GTT wrote:
It's hard to find words to describe how much I love the Doors!

 
agreed, GTT....somehow when other's comment about how "lame" they are or how much of a bully Jim was...well that's fine by me....I for one really enjoy how uncomfortable Jim and the Doors made people....and apparently still doing so.  I'm also a fan of the structure of their 6 studio efforts....LONG and EPIC songs for the final track....yeah....this one's up there - definite 10!!  LONG LIVE RP!!
 funkyalfonso wrote:
Can you imagine what it was like seeing them play this live one month in to being 14 yrs old? I remember this number like it was yesterday.

 
I was 16, but yeah.  Still awesome.
Hallo alle miteinander ,einfach so richtig schöner kaputter psychadelischer Sound zum inhalieren .....{#Chillpill}{#Clap}
 hayduke2 wrote:
didn't give The Doors any appreciation until I went to a friends in D.C. one weekend and we saw "Apocalypse Now" on it's opening night - FFFUUUUUUCCCKKKK!!!  That film blew my mind, and the use of music throughout was astounding, but The Doors realized the Hell of it man, the need for dope and mystic escape from that nasty shit we are so responsible for in our human-infected world .. awesome, makes me tear up

 
Well that's one way to look at it!  Heck, that's the way I look at it too....in fact I like the dichotomy of the band, where really only Jim was the druggie and the band (esp. John) just wanted to make music, man.  Ray, in his later years, really enjoyed showing off the keyboard/organ parts of songs, etc.  May he, Jim and Pam rest in peace!  PEACE!!
It's hard to find words to describe how much I love the Doors!
didn't give The Doors any appreciation until I went to a friends in D.C. one weekend and we saw "Apocalypse Now" on it's opening night - FFFUUUUUUCCCKKKK!!!  That film blew my mind, and the use of music throughout was astounding, but The Doors realized the Hell of it man, the need for dope and mystic escape from that nasty shit we are so responsible for in our human-infected world .. awesome, makes me tear up
 bodyschool wrote:
Thought the time in the shower would be enough, but unfortunately it wasn't.
 
tmi
Enough with the Doors.  Their time has passed, probably at least 20 years ago
Doesn't get any better than this! {#Clap} One of the best song intros ever!
Strange days indeed we are living in. 
remarkable artistic composition

{#Hearteyes}
Thought the time in the shower would be enough, but unfortunately it wasn't.
Well the music is your special friend
Dance on fire as it intends
Music is your only friend
Until the end
Until the end
Until the end

Eh? So wicked cool  : ) 
These guys (at least for the first two albums) were proto-Goths. Jim's dark vision sometimes got a bit turgid but they had real power in their prime. Compare this song (not their best) to The Rolling Stones' darker stuff at the time, like "Paint it, Black." To my ears the Stones sound a lot more dated. 
Got this on PSD today - nice revisiting of an epic Doors tune!
 Papernapkin wrote:

Yeah, being sober doesn't help this song.

 
{#Clap}
 hempmandan wrote:

Ray was the man...

 :)
 LowPhreak wrote:

Yeah it was, and still is.  {#Bananapiano}

 
Ray was the man...
 rdo wrote:
It's a little hard to believe that that organ sound was ever cool.

 
Yeah it was, and still is.  {#Bananapiano}
Last one to leave, TURN OUT THE LIGHTS!
transcendant   godlike
Average rating 7.3 — to all the Doors haters and people that just don't get it drugs or no drugs lol majority rules! {#Nyah}
Can you imagine what it was like seeing them play this live one month in to being 14 yrs old? I remember this number like it was yesterday.
glorious, powerful and the words are timeless.
Absolutely perfect!
It's a little hard to believe that that organ sound was ever cool.
I love the part in this song where Jim says "we want the world and we want it now...NOW!" and then Robby's guitar, Ray's keyboards, and John's drums kick in.  I remember listening to this song over and over when I was younger waiting for this section in the song.
 kylemichael wrote:
So timeless and one of my favorites. I literally had to go to the fridge and open up a beer to listen to them properly.
 
Yeah, being sober doesn't help this song.
"Cancel that subscription to the resurrection"?  JM, meet MJ.  {#Sad}
So timeless and one of my favorites. I literally had to go to the fridge and open up a beer to listen to them properly.

 tnt_thomas wrote:
LSD and an untimely death have made him soooo much more than a MINOR MINOR Blip. He's the ABBA of his time. Or worse.
 
Much worse. ABBA could eventually write music and didn't pretend their pop songs were anything else then pop songs.

off topic link to what Björn and Benny are doing now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POky4woIaH4

What have they done to the earth? Morrison's question still resonates and the music works just fine without acid or beer. Love it! One of the best by the Doors. 
The popularity of the Doors puzzles me. I think Morrison is DREADFUL. The songs are immature (not in a good way) and the lyrics could have been written with fridge poem magnets in a drug house. They are nonensical in a not-poetic way. He's showing off. He's guessing. He's faking it.

Morrison is the ultimate in cheese factor. He gets a 1 becuase he can carry a tune, a little.

LSD and an untimely death have made him soooo much more than a MINOR MINOR Blip. He's the ABBA of his time. Or worse.

This song in particularly dreadful, by the way.

Close the Doors. Just stop. {#Puke}

Hmmmm,  I'd have to agree with the Lester Bangs character in "Almost Famous".
 BC_Night_Heron wrote:
The Doors weave an aura of timeless mysticism that will endure beyond the shallow perspectives of this more facile era.
 



What he said.

This tune is unique, that's for sure.

And when I first bought this album at the ripe old age of 12, I played it until the grooves wore out.



“Love cannot save you from your own fate.” -Jim Morrison

Jim was a poet. Sure he clowned around, stayed f*cked up, and was an unrepentant "ham".

But we all loved him for it, because we saw it for what it was: a front.

The guy was paralyzed by stage fright, and the only way he could deal with it was to "become" someone else. Jim just got a little too deep into it.
{#Skull}

"Weird Jim", me and my friends called him. He was, is, and always will be in my personal pantheon of musical heroes.
{#Clap}
Bleh.  Some music just doesn't transcend into a new age.  Sorry, raced for the -mute- button.
 dctrpunda wrote:


Oh I drank that koolaid, I was there.  He has lost his power, like watching your kid do a somersault for the first time, you're really proud of him the first time he does it, but get a little bored after he makes you watch it for the 59th time.

I've seen the somersault Jim, yea, that was really a good one Jim, no.. that one was much better than the other one Jim.  What? you want me to watch you do it again?  umm okay ah.. sure...
 
I too, drank the koolaid. My first album was the doors. To my older ears, nowadays the words to seem a bit, um, well you know, better when your stoned. Adolescent? I wrote pomes like this when I was 13. And stoned.
The music is timeless. Kreiger was my guiter hero!

Cancel my subscription to the .. something something

 Blasserman wrote:
 I'll admit, they do sound better to me after a couple beers, but then, what doesn't!
  Ah, the police coming by and telling you to turn the sound down. Sorry son, but the music's over.{#Drunk}


The Doors are fantastic - but it's funny that as I get older - and having heard these tunes hundreds of times by now - the musicianship stands taller and taller, but some of Jim Morrison's lyrics and posturing - what was mind-blowingly profound when I was a teenager, now starts to sound overblown and at times ridiculous. But obviously the best Morrison is brilliant - LA Woman, Crystal Ship, etc etc....

First, I was initiated to the Doors as a child. I remember liking it even then (when it came out), and I wasn't doing any drugs or drinking. Yah, they did lots of drugs, but their music is remarkable. It's a ORIGINAL blend of blues and, well, rock kind of. How can you not think the organ is amazing!  I'll admit, they do sound better to me after a couple beers, but then, what doesn't!

gjeeg wrote :  "You had to be there."

 So true ... but gjeeg,  even when I was there, I wasn't "there."

 gjeeg wrote:
I'm surprised people can't hear the power and haunted poetics of the Doors, their unique sound, the demented and acid tinged grooves. You had to be there. If you were born too late, sorry. 
 

Oh I drank that koolaid, I was there.  He has lost his power, like watching your kid do a somersault for the first time, you're really proud of him the first time he does it, but get a little bored after he makes you watch it for the 59th time.

I've seen the somersault Jim, yea, that was really a good one Jim, no.. that one was much better than the other one Jim.  What? you want me to watch you do it again?  umm okay ah.. sure...
In its time this was groundbreaking. Now, what is 40 years later, no body still can pull this off. Saw the guitarist, Robbie Krieger forgive my spelling about five years ago, solo. He is a great player and did a tremondous version of some Doors tune on his own. Curiously he had two guys from the Knack playing with him and they were not slouches either
I'm surprised people can't hear the power and haunted poetics of the Doors, their unique sound, the demented and acid tinged grooves. You had to be there. If you were born too late, sorry. 
When the still sea conspires an armor
and her sullen and aborted currents breed
tiny monsters
TRUE SAILING IS DEAD

ahh but we still got Mr. Mojo and Co. and they eternally jam!

HeHeHe gave it a 9 to mess with the people that don't understand what the counter-culture was about and what we had to listen to, the lizard king messed with the establishment and yes it went good with drugs, least thats what my friend told me, he lives 2 houses down on left


Riders on the Storm (Fredwreck Remix) ... Snoop Dogg feat. The Doors...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPqslJsZxeY 




Ugh, where to start?  Thank god for the volume control.  Love ya RP, but this Doors fascination... I dunno what that is about.  

Morrison a genius?  "Come on baby light my fire."   Yea.   

ndfan75 wrote:
sigh..The pretentiousness was on purpose. Jim was mocking the very people that supported him. There's a big difference in trying to be sincere and coming off as pretentious versus doing it out of frustration. One way you look pathetic the other you look like an ass. At least be honest about it. When he wanted to be good his writing was out of this world.

As with most drunken/drug-addicted rock n' roll "geniuses", it's easy to over-think their delivery. I don't think JM was nearly as deliberate as this description, any more than Cobain or Joplin was. I mostly enjoy The Doors, but let's call the music for what it is...the product of some talent, 60's counter-culture, film school pretentiousness, and a whole lotta booze/drugs.

 faehnledj wrote:
I've never done enough drugs to get the Doors.  They do sound better when you're high, right?  Why else would anyone listen to them?

Yup, like many things in life they are better under the influance... take dentistry for example.
 MojoJojo wrote:
Geez. Enough already. Arf.
 
It does go on for a bit, doesn't it. 
I wonder if Bill's laying on the floor of the sound room drooling, with one hand reaching for the plate of brownies?

I haven't heard head music like this since university days in the early 70's.

{#Tongue-out}
10,10,10 ++++++++ 

ABSOLUTELY LIVEEEEEEEE... 




I like your taste in music, Bill, thanks.
Say what you like about the Doors, you sure got good value from them, particularly for long-lasting numbers like this. I used to love putting The End on the pub jukebox as it lasted nearly 10 minutes, so I got a lot of music for my coin. This is quite good, and it's a little surprising to see such a low rating. Ah well, each to their own. 7 from the Nottingham jury.
Geez. Enough already. Arf.
I've never done enough drugs to get the Doors.  They do sound better when you're high, right?  Why else would anyone listen to them?

Edit: Is it over yet?

Greatly dislike The Doors. Thank iTunes for th volume knob. You all enjoy this, I'll catch up to you in a bit.
sigh..The pretentiousness was on purpose. Jim was mocking the very people that supported him. There's a big difference in trying to be sincere and coming off as pretentious versus doing it out of frustration. One way you look pathetic the other you look like an ass. At least be honest about it. When he wanted to be good his writing was out of this world.
The Doors weave an aura of timeless mysticism that will endure beyond the shallow perspectives of this more facile era.
People putting this down, should listen to the live version, done on Absolutely Live and then judge again.
Make it stop
Originally Posted by jpfueler: What Have You Done To Our Fair Sister..... Morrison was a genius Lost In A Roman Wilderness Of Pain, All the Children Are Insane.... I don't think Beck(or most anyone else)can match ole Jim for great poetic lyrics ;) :p
If this guy had had the guts to post his email address I would have done this privately, but..... Oh, what's the use? You can't reverse the effects of too much glue-huffing....
The Doors are never good. This one is in keeping with their generally inane music.
This one really sucks. And by the way, when will this music really be over?
tremendous tune from an icon.
Yuk. I love pretentious art-rock, but hate this stuff. Wonder what the diference is?
my favorite doors song, and I love the doors.
I\'m not sure if words can describe how sick I am of the doors, Please no more.
This is the kind of Doors song I like.. a little slower, some interresting musical interludes, good (somewhat better) lyrics... :)
What Have You Done To Our Fair Sister..... Morrison was a genius Lost In A Roman Wilderness Of Pain, All the Children Are Insane.... I don't think Beck(or most anyone else)can match ole Jim for great poetic lyrics ;) :p
The Doors were a strange combination of an ass kicking rock sensibility and total pretentiousness. So, I suppose this tune accurately reflects that(lack of)reality.