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The Doors — I Can't See Your Face In My Mind
Album: Strange Days
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Released: 1967
Length: 3:21
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I can't see your face in my mind
I can't see your face in my mind
Carnival dogs consume the lines
Can't see your face in my mind

Don't you cry
Baby, please don't cry
And don't look at me with your eyes

I can't seem to find the right lie
I can't seem to find the right lie
Insanity's horse adorns the sky
Can't seem to find the right lie

Carnival dogs consume the lines
Can't see your face in my mind

Don't you cry
Baby, please don't cry
I won't need your picture until we say goodbye
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Strange Days came out right when I had discovered Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes as a teenager.  Bradbury's compelling and mysterious stories of the darker aspects of human nature in midwest carnival settings were perfectly complemented by Strange Days, and I will always associate the two with each other.
 unclehud wrote:
Timeless, as in "contains no stylistic references to a specific time period."
Timeless, as in "this song stops my stream of consciousness whenever I hear it."
Timeless, as in "my kids love the Doors, too."
Timeless, as in "40-something years old and still very listenable." 
 
I agree this tune is "listenable", and your last three points make sense, but this clearly sounds like it was made in the time period between 1967 and 1969; it's overflowing with "stylistic references to a specific time period".  Aside from the obvious "time-stamped" instrumentation and production there are the customary, Carlos-Cantaneda-inspired, psychedelic lyrics: 

"...Insanity's horse
Adorns the sky
Can't seem to find the right lie
Carnival dogs 
Consume the lines..." 

  Of course, we all hear different things in each song. 


 randyblew wrote:
Tough follow-up album to an amazing opening. Strange Days still has some of the more unique sounds of the 60's. When the Music's Over alone is a bangin' end piece to The End. Moonlight Drive? Horse Latitudes? Dark, mysterious, sexy. Christ man, it was 60's hippie poetry. Compare it to what was happening twenty years before. I love Sinatra, but serious. Our world was exploding - thank God these guys were pushin' the bounds.

 
write on man!  Doors were (are) so excellent, not for the simple minded or uncool  : )
Always thought this song should have been longer. Love it though! {#Cheers}
Pretty refreshing to hear song that's almost 50 years old, yet I bet I've heard it less than 5 times in my life!
I'd love to love the doors but that ever present bottleneck technique is very tiring to my ears.   erm 5 
Honest, I've never heard this one before. Start with a 7. I do like The Lizard King.
 coloradojohn wrote:
Forever reminds me of my roommate Dave, from Carbondale, and our Buffalo Mountain Summer Patio Party Scene and Woodburning Stove Autumn Kegger Parties, up in Wildernest, the summer and fall of '84; he liked to put this on and we'd all get up to Standard Orbit

 
"Aye aye, Cap'n. Switching to impulse power..."

The Doors never did anyhing for me.
(Their keyboards are so F'ing annoying) 
But I suppose I can see why some people can get into them. 
Back when I had just begun to collect a very limited collection of LPs (Cream, Hendrix, Doors, early Tull, The Nice), this one was frequently on the turntable.
Tonight's transitions are pure perfection - Sarah McLachlan's Possession to I Can't See Your Face In My Mind... I'm blown off. {#Music}
Forever reminds me of my roommate Dave, from Carbondale, and our Buffalo Mountain Summer Patio Party Scene and Woodburning Stove Autumn Kegger Parties, up in Wildernest, the summer and fall of '84; he liked to put this on and we'd all get up to Standard Orbit

First time I heard this was on a bootleg cassette from a SF FM Midnight radio that was posted out of the world... It landed in a place with only young men... most with no clue... some with an inkling and all with an urge for adventure... we go a full smorgasbord of adventures.

Laying back watching the moon stars, letting the music of another world that had changed so fast and yet felt so familiar was the first of several strange (strange = arrived without reference points)  adventures the next two years... Back in the world again and the music was so close it was my skin...

Now Oh-So-Long-Later it still cuts thru the clutter or the sounds everyone else is putting out. It opens memories of a past and a door to acceptance of a new world coming...

I'm sure it's just me... But for those who arrived since then... Maybe you can catch a psychic touch... a feeling of what was and what may come again... The past always returns again and again, not exactly the same, but in different guise and with different people...

Enjoy the ride... It is well worth the price of admission


It is always good to hear the Doors.
Tough follow-up album to an amazing opening. Strange Days still has some of the more unique sounds of the 60's. When the Music's Over alone is a bangin' end piece to The End. Moonlight Drive? Horse Latitudes? Dark, mysterious, sexy. Christ man, it was 60's hippie poetry. Compare it to what was happening twenty years before. I love Sinatra, but serious. Our world was exploding - thank God these guys were pushin' the bounds.
 unclehud wrote:
Timeless, as in "contains no stylistic references to a specific time period."
Timeless, as in "this song stops my stream of consciousness whenever I hear it."
Timeless, as in "my kids love the Doors, too."
Timeless, as in "40-something years old and still very listenable." 

 
all of the above + they were good at it......{#Dance}
I loved them because they were as original and theatrical as Zappa, more musical, and brought an element of mystery to rock - a truly individual voice in the broader sense
Watching a concert from 1968 from the Doors on one of the cable channels the other night, and I was struck by the similarity of Jim Morrison to Elvis. Why didn't I notice it back in the day? Not that it's a bad thing...
I loved the Doors in the "day". I was listing after Jim Morrison  But this song doesn't give me any fond memories. 
 oldsaxon wrote:
No they weren't.  Just a hippy drug scene band with a lot of bad poetry and a sort of attractive lead singer that was too stoned to really show up.
 
Yes, they were.  So there.
 unclehud wrote:

Far out, man!  These guys were so far ahead of their time ..............



 
No they weren't.  Just a hippy drug scene band with a lot of bad poetry and a sort of attractive lead singer that was too stoned to really show up.
 ziakut wrote:
Pathetic, Pretentious and Pityful
 
Indeed you may be... but what about the song.
Pathetic, Pretentious and Pityful
Really, really don't like The Doors. Really. PSD Away!!
Timeless, as in "contains no stylistic references to a specific time period."
Timeless, as in "this song stops my stream of consciousness whenever I hear it."
Timeless, as in "my kids love the Doors, too."
Timeless, as in "40-something years old and still very listenable." 
 That_SOB wrote:


This comes from someone who gave the Beatle's a one and R.E.M a two. Do you eat children ?
While I'm at it, Renton, well it's more like "Low-Rent-Town", and that chill-en is why Boeing own's the entire North-end.
Yer windows ever Rattle and Hum ?
 
Couldn't have said it better.
 Hannio wrote:


They had two bass players.  Ray Manzarek's right and left feet.
 
{#Roflol}
..coulda been released now & made waves..
This is a strong track off a fantastic Doors album. Strange Days is their best lp.
I'm a big fan of the Doors but this song sucks!
All I hear is the really obnoxious guitar picking. I don't know if I deslike the mix, the guitar licks or the song in general but I could go a very long time without hearing it again and be quite happy.
 andrea924 wrote:
I can't see your face in my mime.
 

A mime is a precious thing to waste.
 januismer wrote:
Their bass player was awesome!
 

They had two bass players.  Ray Manzarek's right and left feet.
Their bass player was awesome!
Oh this is nice!

Far out, man!  These guys were so far ahead of their time ..............


 Feghoot wrote:
I guess you had to be stoned - sober they suck.
 

This comes from someone who gave the Beatle's a one and R.E.M a two. Do you eat children ?
While I'm at it, Renton, well it's more like "Low-Rent-Town", and that chill-en is why Boeing own's the entire North-end.
Yer windows ever Rattle and Hum ?

Hey Bill; is it just me or is this a different mix from the track on the album pictured?        {#Ask}


Robby Krieger by ~Rock-Spirit
Elke  ©2008-2010 ~Rock-Spirit

This is the band of old The Doors-members Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger. Because mr Manzarek couldn't get away from his beloved keyboards, we couldn't take a picture of him. So here's Robby Krieger, who was just playing 'Love Me Two Times' when I took this picture.

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Robert Alan "Robby" Krieger was in The Doors with keyboard player Ray Manzarek, drummerJohn Densmore and vocalistJim Morrison. At an early Doors rehearsal Morrison heard Krieger playing bottleneck guitar and initially wanted the technique featured on every song on the first album. Krieger's fingerstyle approach to the electric guitar, eclectic musical tastes, and songwriting helped establish The Doors as a successful rockband in the 1960s. His only singing with the early Doors can be heard on the album The Soft Parade, on the song "Runnin' Blue".  





Still love this song after all these decades..{#Music}
You had to be there.  I'm glad I was.  RIP, Jim.  Love the Doors.
Baby please don't cry!! 

Love this song! 
Even without Morrison's voice, the Doors' sound is very distinctive.
I can't see your face in my mime.
gently...very gently...
gently... after caravan with.. George Winston...
One of the strangest album covers ever.
Jim, i can't hear your voice in my mind neither

Wrong on both counts, champ.

 Feghoot wrote:
I guess you had to be stoned - sober they suck.
 


Digging the guit and glock.
I gotta dock this a point for the mime.
makes me feel very melancholic (theres a 60's word) - today just completely down on my knees and weeping
I guess you had to be stoned - sober they suck.
when you listen to all of the elements of this song, well, you can hear such a unique melange of ideas. I love it as it all comes together :) Thank you Bill
mandolin wrote:
...bill apparently cannot play that rendition of spanish caravan without following it by some doors track or another...
he clearly feels guilty about the former but can't stop playing it.
buckskin wrote:
MMMMMMMMMM - this was a concept album B4 the concept of concepts become a concept
Well... not really. It's a fantastic album, no question, but it's not really a concept, as there's no real unifying musical or lyrical structure.
...bill apparently cannot play that rendition of spanish caravan without following it by some doors track or another...
Yup, was just thinking the same thing. Cheers
Cool segs Bill :cheers: 3)The Doors - I Can't See Your Face In My Mind 2)George Winston - Spanish Caravan 1)Rodrigo Y Gabriela - Diablo Rojo
Glad to see this one held up pretty well Loved the Doors back when I was young and some hasn't aged as well as others. This one has, methinks.
Pyro wrote:
:yawn:
Would "Light My Fire" B more to UR liking?
sans wrote:
...people are strange.
Would "Light My Fire" B more to UR liking?
God I love it! Can it get much stranger than this? Jim, you were so far out there, man. Someday you're gonna come and get me, and we're gonna go out for a ride and get stoned with these people ALL RIGHT!
Pyro wrote:
:yawn:
...people are strange.
MMMMMMMMMM - this was a concept album B4 the concept of concepts become a concept
Dayglow wrote:
It's always nice to see some Doors that doesn't get the airplay of some of their other songs. Change is good.
True. Almost makes me want to move to California.
:eek:
very cool.
:yawn:
It's always nice to see some Doors that doesn't get the airplay of some of their other songs. Change is good.