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Don’t Forget the Songs-365: Mach Dos Day 19
Sat. Jan 28 2012

The Changeling
The Doors
1971

Being a lifelong poet, when I was younger my connection to Jim Morrison’s lyrics are what sparked a lifelong fascination of The Doors music. But there was one LP sans the singles—“Riders on the Storm,” “Love Her Madly” and the title track—the rest of L.A. Woman was too bluesy for this spoiled youth to comprehend. There was not much of a bluesy lifestyle growing up in suburbia.

I don’t think I’ve ever been as humbled this year being hungry and the personification of a living starving artist—I finally understood the bluesy life Morrison sang about in L.A. Woman.

Tired of being the “Light My Fire” national sex symbol The Changeling is Morrison’s call of evolving to the poetic bluesman he always dreamed of being. Ray Manzarek said it best. “The lyrics are prophetic. “♫ I’ve lived uptown. I’ve lived downtown, but I’ve never been so broke that I couldn’t leave town. ♫” […] He had money and been broke. He had his L.A. adventure, and he was out.”

Listening back to on the 40th Anniversary of it’s creation— L.A. Woman’s prophetic lyrics from “The Changeling—” it doesn’t really sound like a surprise that Morrison left The Doors and L.A. for Paris. In fact, Morrison’s L.A. Woman swan song was one of the most poignant epitaphs of poetic blues-rock anthems ever committed to wax.

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