jim morrison poem

Gently they stir, gently rise.
The dead are newborn awakening.
With ravaged limbs and wet souls.
Gently they sigh in rapt funeral amazement.

Who called these dead to dance? Was it the young woman learning to play the ghost song on her baby grand?
Was it the wilderness children?
Was it the ghost god himself, stuttering, cheering, chatting blindly?

I called you up to anoint the earth.
I called you to announce sadness falling like burned skin.
I called you to wish you well.
To glory in self like a new monster.
And now I call you to pray.

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On this day in music history: September 7, 1968 - “Waiting For The Sun” by The Doors hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 4 weeks (non-consecutive). Produced by Paul A. Rothchild, it is recorded at Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood, CA from February - May 1968. Their third studio album in just over a year and a half, with the exception of two songs, most of the material is written during the recording sessions as the band as mostly exhausted its reserve of songs on their first two albums. To make up for the shortfall of new material, initially The Doors plan to fill the entire second side of the album with Jim Morrison reading his epic poem “Celebration Of The Lizard”. These plans are scrapped when they can not record it to everyone’s satisfaction. One excerpt titled “Not To Touch The Earth” does not make it on to the album. It spins off two singles including “Hello I Love You” (#1 Pop), and “The Unknown Soldier” (#39 Pop). Ironically, the title track is not included. Instead it surfaces on their fifth album “Morrison Hotel/Hard Rock Cafe” in 1970. “Waiting” is also the last Doors album to be issued in both mono and stereo (though the mono is a fold down of the stereo mix). The mono LP is pressed in such small quantities that it later becomes a much sought after collector’s item by fans. The album is newly remixed and reissued on CD in 2007 to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of its original release,  adding five additional bonus tracks, including outtakes of “Not To Touch The Earth” and “Celebration Of The Lizard”. “Waiting For The Sun” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

ACT I
All the poems have wolves in them,
all but one – the most beautiful one of all.
She dances in a ring of fire
and throws off the challenge with a shrug.
“Who did you right that one for?”
“I wrote it for you.”


ACT II
All the poems have wolves in them,
all but one – the most beautiful one of all.
I hope you go out smiling
like a child into the cool remnant of a dream,
the angel man finally claimed his benevolent soul.
Ophelia, leaves sudden and silk
chlorine dream – mad stifled witness.
“This is the strangest life I have ever known.”

—  All the Poems - Jim Morrison

Awake

Shake dreams from your hair
My pretty child, my sweet one.
Choose the day and
choose the sign of your day
The day’s divinity
First thing you see.
A vast radiant beach
in a cool jeweled moon
Couples naked race down by it’s quiet side
And we laugh like soft, mad children
Smug in the woolly cotton brains of infancy
The music and voices are all around us.
Choose, they croon, the Ancient Ones
The time has come again
Choose now, they croon,
Beneath the moon
Beside an ancient lake
Enter again the sweet forest
Enter the hot dream
Come with us
Everything is broken up and dances.