Nightmare Fuel: The Doors
are infamous for their haunting music and Morrison's spooky lyrics. The fact that Jim Morrison eventually died at 27, in mysterious circumstances, only adds to the creepy atmosphere of many of their songs.
- The "Alabama Song" is a cheery song taken from Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's opera The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. At first it sounds like a drinking song: Show me the way to the next whiskey bar/ Oh don't ask why/ Oh don't ask why!, but then it gets disturbing: "If we don't find the next whiskey bar/ I tell you, we must die" and repeats that last line up to three times!
- "The End". Singing about impending doom is already scary in itself, but near the end Morrison sings about killing his father, raping his mother, whereupon he screams in agony. After this parental murder the lyrics come back one more final time, before Morrison concludes the song with a haunting moan: "This is the eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeend!"
Waiting For The Sun
The Soft Parade
- Strange days have found us, strange days have tracked us down...
- "People Are Strange", where Morrison sings about how "faces come out of the rain".
- "Horse Latitudes". Basically, Jim Morrison screaming lyrics for a minute and a half while his bandmates howl like banshees the entire time.
- "When The Music's Over". Morrison singing in a disturbingly outstretched song about the moment when "the music is over". The end is especially frightening when he shouts that music is your only friend... until the end, whereupon the entire world seems to die along with him.
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- The opening monologue from "The Soft Parade". YOU CANNOT PETITION THE LORD WITH PRAYER!
- "Riders On The Storm":
Into this life we're born / into this world we're thrown / like a dog without a bone, an actor out on loan (...) there's a killer on the road / his brain is squirming like a toad (...) take a long holiday, let your children play / if you give this man a ride, sweet family will die
- If you listen carefully, you'll notice a quietly mixed whispered backing vocal throughout the song that is also done by Jim. Every single line of the song is whispered in unison with the lead vocals. It really adds to the eerie mood.
- To add to the eerie atmosphere, this was supposedly the last song The Doors recorded when Jim Morrison was still in the band.