The Doors The Changeling Celebration of the Outsider

A changeling is a creature from European folklore. The offspring of a fairy, troll, elf or even the devil, it is secretly switched for a human child while the child’s parents sleep. If we are to equate this ancient concept on any level with the idea Jim Morrison had for “The Changeling” recorded in 1970 on The Doors album L.A. Woman, we can speculate that at the very least Morrison saw himself as an outsider, haunting the perimeter, not really belonging within the confines of society.

The lyrics, while open to interpretation, are carried by music that is positively scintillating. A heavy infectious beat, a psychedelic organ, funky guitar chords and Morrison’s rebellious and lonely diatribe all make for a compelling listening experience. Surely if any band had a sense for musically tailoring to Morrison’s alienated, poetic lyrics it was Ray Manzarek, John Densmore and Robby Krieger. The message is clear: Morrison is on the outside, alone like a wolf, but chooses to also offer inclusiveness, that on some level we are all the same. “I’m the air you breath… Food you eat… Friends your greet In the sullen street… See me change… See me change.” The question is posed: we all have potential to be free of societal constraints, liberated souls, but do we have the spirit and conviction to follow that road?

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