BEFORE YOU SLIP INTO UNCONSCIOUSNESS PLAYLIST
Posted on June 7, 2016
T H E D O O R S
‘BEFORE YOU SLIP INTO
P L A Y L I S T
including the lyrically poetic
‘THE CRYSTAL SHIP’
A compilation of our favourite Doors arrangements along with the compelling lyrics and inspiration behind these iconic tracks.
Before you slip into unconsciousness
I’d like to have another kiss
Another flashing chance at bliss
The days are bright and filled with pain
Enclose me in your gentle rain
The time you ran was too insane
We’ll meet again
We’ll meet again
Oh tell me where your freedom lies
The streets are fields that never die
Deliver me from reasons why
You’d rather cry
I’d rather fly
The crystal ship is being filled
A thousand girls, a thousand thrills
A million ways to spend your time
When we get back
I’ll drop a line
While many of Jim Morrison’s early songs reflected his LSD-fuelled efforts to run through the doors of perception, as well as his headlong attempts to break on through societal constraints, he was also quite capable of producing a gorgeous, delicately poetic piece like ‘The Crystal Ship’.
The lyrics are at once soothing and ominous, and Jim’s gentle, smoky baritone may have surprised those who were tempted to write him off as a one-dimensional rock ‘n’ roll ranter.
The mysterious, seemingly inscrutable nature of ‘The Crystal Ship’ also got Doors’ listeners used to developing their own interpretations of Morrison’s wordplay.
“It’s about methedrine, isn’t it?” asks Kim Fowley, who was duly impressed with the song when he first saw the Doors at the Los Angeles club, Ciro’s.
“Good old-fashioned speed certainly was a drug of choice on the Sunset Strip back then.”
In fact, Morrison had composed the song much earlier, and the lyrics were from poetry written in Jim Morrison’s notebooks. He wrote it after splitting up with his girlfriend, Mary Werbelow, in the summer of 1965.
A line in the final verse of the song at one point read: a thousand girls, a thousand pills’ but was changed to “a thousand girls, a thousand thrills” before the song was recorded, and despite the somewhat sombre tone of the song, it’s concluding phrase – “When we get back, I’ll drop a line” – shows a flash of the wry Morrison sense of humor which was so often overlooked.
The song was released as the B-side of ‘Light My Fire’ in April of 1967.
source excerpt : Chuck Crisafulli/Waiting-forthe-Sun.net
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