The Words of Jim Morrison



~I am the Lizard King. I can do anything.

~A friend is someone who lets you have total freedom
to be yourself.

~Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear
has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes.
You are free.

~We're like actors, turned loose in this world to wander
in search of a phantom, endlessly searching for a half-
formed shadow of our lost reality. When others demand
that we become the people they want us to be, they force
us to destroy the person we really are. It's a subtle kind
of murder. The most loving parents and relatives commit
this murder with smiles on their faces.

~I think of myself as an intelligent, sensitive human with
the soul of a clown, which always forces me to blow it at
the most important moments.

~I think the highest and lowest points are the important
ones. Anything else is just...in between. I want the freedom
to try everything.

~ I'm kind of hooked to the game of art and literature;
my heroes are artists and writers.

~If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it's to deliver
people from the limited ways in which they see and feel.

~I'm a word man. See, there's this theory about the nature
of tragedy, that Aristotle didn't mean catharsis for the
audience but a purgation of emotions for the actors them-
selves. The audience is just a witness to the event taking
place on stage.

~When you make your peace with authority, you become an
authority.

~Los Angeles is a city looking for a ritual to join its
fragments, and The Doors are looking for such a ritual also.
A kind of electric wedding. We hide ourselves in the music
to reveal ourselves.

~We are from the West. The world we suggest should be of a
new wild West, a sensuous, evil world, strange and haunting.
The path of the sun.

~A hero is someone who rebels or seems to rebel against the
facts of existence and seems to conquer them. Obviously that
can only work at moments. It can't be a lasting thing. That's
not saying that people shouldn't keep trying to rebel against
the facts of existence. Someday, who knows, we might conquer
death, disease and war.

~Let's just say I was testing the bounds of reality. I was
curious to see what would happen. That's all it was: curiosity.

~It's a search, an opening of one door after another. Our
work, our performing, is a striving for a metamorphosis. Right
now, we're more interested in the dark side of life, the evil
thing, the night time. But through our music, we're striving,
trying to break through to a cleaner, freer realm. Our music
and personalities as seen in the performance are still in a
state of chaos and disorder, with maybe an element of purity
just showing. Lately, when we've appeared in concert, it's
started to merge.

~Think of us as erotic politicians.

~The only time I really open up is on stage. I feel spiritual
up there. Performing gives me a mask, a place to hide myself
where I can reveal myself. I see it as more than performing,
going on, doing songs, and leaving. I take everything
personally, and don't really feel I've done a complete job
unless we've gotten everybody in the theatre on common ground.

~I see myself as a huge fiery comet, a shooting star. Everyone
stops, points up and gasps "Oh look at that!" Then- whoosh, and
I'm gone...and they'll never see anything like it ever again...
and they won't be able to forget me- ever.

~I offer images- I conjure memories of freedom that can still be
reached- like the Doors, right? But we can only open the doors,
we can't drag people through. I can't free them unless they want to
be free. Maybe primitive people have less bullshit to let go of,
to give up. A person has to be willing to give up everything- not
just wealth. All the bullshit that he's been taught- all society's
brainwashing. You have to let go of all that to get to the other
side. Most people aren't willing to do that.

~I've had a good time these last three or four years. I've met
a lot of interesting people and seen things in a short space of
time that I probably would not have run into in twenty years of
living. I can't say I regret it. If I had it to do over, I think
I would have gone for the quiet, undemonstrative artist, plodding
away in his own garden.

~The birth of rock & roll