Jim Morrison – poet, rock god, and one of music's most controversial stars – paved the path and set the bar high for future rock stars. Rock’s first bad boy was, once upon a time, a very reserved performer who sang with his back to the crowd. As we are about to honor the 40th anniversary of Mr. Mojo Risin’s death, here is a look back at some of his most controversial moments.


These are the controversial lyrics of the song that shocked the world and made The End one of the most requested songs at Doors concerts. The End is ranked #336 on Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Times and Jim had written it to express his feelings – loosely – about breaking up with a girl he had formerly dated, Mary Werbelow. Jim is quoted saying, “Every time I hear that song, it means something else to me. It started out as a simple good-bye song probably just to a girl, but I see how it could be a goodbye to a kind of childhood. I really don't know. I think it's sufficiently complex and universal in its imagery that it could be almost anything you want it to be." With regards to the infamous line, were Jim’s feelings towards his parents accurate? The line was cited as a reference to the Oedipus complex. Ray Manzarek (The Doors' Keyboardist) explained, “Jim was giving voice in a rock 'n' roll setting to the Oedipus complex, at the time a widely discussed tendency in Freudian psychology. He wasn't saying he wanted to do that to his own mom and dad. He was re-enacting a bit of Greek drama. It was theatre!"


On September 17th, 1967, The Doors were invited to perform on the Ed Sullivan Show. Moments before they were to go live, Mr. Sullivan requested that Jim change the lyric in Light My Fire from "Girl we couldn’t get much higher" to “Girl we couldn’t get much better”. Jim agreed to the change however, when he performed the song on national tv, he either forgot out of nervousness or completely dismissed the request, and sang the song with its original lyric. The next six shows which had been planned for The Doors to perform were quickly cancelled by Sullivan.

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