The Tragic Novel That Links Bob Dylan and The Doors

by Tom Taylor
Credit: Alamy / Far Out / Elektra Records)
Credit: Alamy / Far Out / Elektra Records)
Tom Taylor (Far Out Magazine, Dec 25, 2021)

In The Doors’ 1971 masterpiece L.A. Woman, Jim Morrison yells the words, “Well, I’ve been down too god damn long, that it looks like up to me,” with the war cry rattle of a frustrated builder who has just found out his jackhammer has been stolen but is going to try and shake the wall down anyway. This wail of the beleaguered disenfranchised echoes in Bob Dylan’s music too, albeit in a wildly different style, but the connection between the icons is far less nebulous than that.

Jim Morrison’s purring words in ‘Been Down So Long’ were actually plucked straight from Richard Farina’s novel, Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me, published five years earlier.

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