The Story Behind The Song: The Doors' Classic 'The End', Jim Morrison's Oedipal Nightmare

Credit: Elektra Records
Credit: Elektra Records
Jack Whatley (Far Out Magazine, Jan 5, 2021)

The above reply to a usual question likely tells you everything you need to know about, not only The Doors classic song "The End," but also Jim Morrison the poet, the singer and the idol. Rightly seen as one of the seminal band’s best tracks, "The End" has enjoyed a charmed life ever since it was spat out by the band during the dying embers of the sixties. At once, the song is a delicate and poignant musing about the final curtain call we must all face but also producing themes of Oedipal relations, the destruction of one’s father and the song that got the group banned by the Whisky-A-Go-Go. It is, without doubt, the archetypal Doors tune.

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