Tuesday Tunes | The Doors “Peace Frog”

Posted on March 11, 2014 by Trace

the lead singer and songwriter of
T H E  D O O R S
is at twenty-two one of the most loose, mind shaking and subtle agents of the new music of the new mysticism-oriented young. His voice, weak on high notes, lacks stamina and belt, but it couldn’t matter less. He gets people. His songs are eerie, loaded with somewhat Freudian symbolism, poetic but not pretty, filled with suggestions of sex, death, transcendence. Part of his swamping magnetism is an elusiveness as if he were singing for himself…”

largeAbove Pic of Jim Morrison & Donna Mitchell By Alexis Waldeck.
Above excerpt from —
Vogue 1967, Love, Mysticism, and the Hippies

About the photo with model Donna Mitchell: via yellowkorner.com

In order to illustrate the article from US Vogue of 15 November 1967 “Love, Mysticism and the Hippies”, Alexis Waldeck photographed Jim Morrison and the model Donna Mitchell. While the singer preferred to consider himself a poet, he also knew how to play the deliberately excessive sex symbol, to the rhythms of his psychedelic rock compositions, and during the many photo shoots that punctuated his short career.

Peace Frog is a song by The Doors which appears on the album Morrison Hotel. The lyrics were adapted from a couple of Morrison’s poems, one being entitled “Abortion Stories”. It was released on vinyl in February 1970.

It has a fairly short running time of 2:50 and blends seamlessly into the next track on the album, “Blue Sunday”, making it easy for radio stations to play the two songs consecutively.

The hook of the song is a distorted G5 chord played three times by guitarist Robby Krieger, followed by a brief percussive Wah-wah effect. Morrison begins nearly every line with the word blood, often referring to “Blood in the streets… blood everywhere…”.

The line “Indians scattered on dawn’s highway bleeding/Ghosts crowd the young child’s fragile eggshell mind” originates from his poem, “Newborn Awakening”. The line is born out of “Dawn’s Highway”, a poem in which Jim describes an event that occurred when he was young. Morrison described the incident, using a rare mention of his parents, in ‘An American Prayer’:

” Me and my — mother and father — and a grandmother and a grandfather — were driving through the desert, at dawn, and a truck load of Indian workers had either hit another car, or just — I don’t know what happened — but there were Indians scattered all over the highway, bleeding to death. “

” So the car pulls up and stops. That was the first time I tasted fear. I musta’ been about four — like a child is like a flower, his head is floating in the breeze, man. “

The line “Blood in the streets in the town of New Haven” likely refers to Morrison’s December 9, 1967 arrest at the New Haven Arena during a concert. After an altercation with a police officer backstage, Morrison made the incident known to the concert audience, and was arrested for attempting to incite a riot. A similar line about Chicago probably refers to the conflict surrounding the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

Above Source: Wiki

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