Jim Morrison – An American Prayer (poem)

 

Do you know the warm progress
under the stars?
Do you know we exist?
Have you forgotten the keys to the kingdom?
Have you been born yet, and are you alive?

Let’s reinvent the gods, all the myths of the ages
Celebrate symbols from deep elder forests
Have you forgotten the lessons of the ancient war?

We need great golden copulations.

The fathers are cackling in trees of the forest
Our mother is dead in the sea

Do you know we are being lead to slaughters by placid admirals and that fat slow generals are getting obscene on young blood?

Do you know we are ruled by T.V.?

The moon is a dry blood beast
Guerrilla bands are rolling numbers
in the next block of green vine
amassing for warfare on innocent
herdsman who are just dying

O great creator of being, grant us one more hour to perform our art and perfect our lives

The moths & atheists are doubly divine and dying

We live, we die and death not ends it.

Journey we more into the Nightmare
Cling to life our passioned flower
Cling to Cunts & cocks of despair

We got our final vision by clap
Columbus’s groin got filled with green death
I touched her thigh and death smiled.

We have assembled inside this ancient insane theatre
To propagate our lust for life flee the swarming wisdom
of the streets

The barns are stormed
The windows kept
And only one of all the rest will dance & save us
With the divine mockery of words.

Music inflames temperament.

When the true King’s murderers are allowed to roam free
a 1000 Magicians arise in the land

Where are the feasts we are promised?
Where is the wine, The new wine, dying on the vine?

Artistul zilei 7 decembrie: Jim Morrison

James Douglas „Jim” Morrison (December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971) was a singer and songwriter best remembered as the lead vocalist of the Doors.

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The Lost Paris Tapes is the title given to a recorded collection of unedited poems and songs by rock musician and poet Jim Morrison of The Doors. Although Morrison intentionally made the recordings, they are considered bootlegs because they were never officially released to the public in their unedited form by Morrison or his heirs.

The title of the collection is however a misnomer, because the bulk of the recordings were made in Los Angeles in February 1969; long before Morrison traveled to Paris. Morrison took these Los Angeles recordings with him to Paris,[1] where they were found among his belongings after his death.

Poetry recording session February 1969

According to engineer and producer John Haeny the spoken word part of the recordings were made at Elektra West Coast studios on February 9, 1969

The February 1969 recording session features a serious but relaxed Morrison taping spoken-word versions of his own written poetry. Morrison can be heard repeating certain sections of poems for technical or aesthetic reasons, and he can be heard giving occasional production cues, such as when certain sound effects should be added at a later date. Morrison’s efforts to obtain clear recordings and his additional verbal directions suggest that he planned to use the recordings in a much more ambitious project that would merge his smoothly edited voice-overs with background sounds and music.

Some of these recordings were later mixed with new music tracks recorded by surviving Doors members Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore, and released as the official Doors album An American Prayer. The February 1969 recording of „Orange County Suite” with Jim on piano was later used and mixed with new music recorded by the surviving Doors members Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore, and released as part of their 1997 4 CD „Box Set”. This new Doors version also appears on the 1999 box set compilation CD Essential Rarities.

Previously it was believed the segment of the tape featuring an apparently drunken Morrison playing around in a studio with two equally inebriated „American street musicians” was recorded in Paris. Recently it has been revealed the recording session took place in the spring of 1969 during the recording of The Soft Parade. The people present at the recording were Morrison, poet Michael McClure on auto-harp, and a so-far unidentified musician. Paul Rothchild recorded the session and can be heard on the tape.

Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek has referred to this recording as „drunken gibberish,” observing, „If you haven’t heard them, you’re missing nothing.”

Once Morrison gave up trying to perform with the two musicians, he broke into a solo performance of „Orange County Suite.” A writer for Rolling Stone magazine later called this piece „an astounding version of . . . [an] unfinished, unrealized paean to his old lady (Pamela Courson) that had been rejected from at least two Doors albums. . . . It was a drunken, and mostly ad-libbed, recording. Yet, listening carefully . . . , one hears the authentic last of Jim Morrison, two weeks before he died, as he roars spontaneous verses and imagery about his hard-hearted woman, his anguish and his obsessions, easily deploying a poetic champion’s compositional facility for the natural cadence and spontaneous rhyme.”[ The segment was in fact recorded in Los Angeles and not in Paris as previously thought.

Morrison offhandedly labeled the resulting reel-to-reel tape of the session „Jomo and the Smoothies”, Jomo being a pseudonym for Morrison.

The final pieces of spoken word were recorded almost two years later at Village Recorder Studio C, on December 8, 1970, which was Morrison’s birthday.

The bootleg also contains Earth, Air, Fire, Water, a poetry piece taken from Feast of Friends, a film produced by Paul Ferrara, Jim Morrison, and the Doors,[6] as well as Dawn’s Highway and Phone Booth, both taken from HWY: An American Pastoral.

All songs written and composed by Jim Morrison.

March 1969 Poetry Session
No. Title Length
1. „Session Start” 1:06
2. „In That Year… [False Start]” 1:02
3. „In That Year…” 3:00
4. „Bird of Prey” 1:55
5. „Tape Noon” 2:22
6. „Whiskey, Mystics & Men” 3:38
7. „Orange County Suite” 5:34
8. „All Hail the American Night” 5:57
9. „The American Night” 0:34
10. „The Holy Shay” 0:37
11. „Hitler Poem” 0:44
12. „Can We Resolve the Past” 1:55
13. „Always a Playground Instructor” 1:32
14. „There’s a Belief…” 0:25
15. „Indian, Indian…” 0:18
16. „Woman in the Window” 2:40
17. „She’s Selling News…” 1:11
18. „Science of Night” 0:24
19. „Tales of the American Night” 0:36
20. „Now Listen to This” 0:46
21. „Babylon Fading” 0:39
22. „Thank You, O Lord” 0:35
Jomo & the Smoothies
No. Title Length
23. „Warm Up & Tuning” 4:30
24. „Starting Now!” 1:14
25. „Orange County Suite” 8:41
December 1970 Poetry Session
No. Title Length
26. „Graveyard Poem” 0:50
27. „The Politics of Ecstacy” 0:10
Feast of Friends
No. Title Length
28. „Earth, Air, Fire, Water” 0:53
HWY
No. Title Length
29. „Dawn’s Highway” 3:57
30. „Phone Booth” 2:29