When the Music's Over (14:51)

Cover of The Best of the Doors (disc 1)

From The Best of the Doors (disc 1) and 76 other releases

“When the Music’s Over” is a song written and performed by American rock band The Doors, featured on their second 1967 album Strange Days. At almost eleven minutes long, the song is their third longest recorded work, behind “The End”, at 11:42, and “Celebration of the Lizard”, at 17:01. When the band originally recorded the song, Jim Morrison did not show up for the session, so the band recorded it with Ray Manzarek singing. Morrison recorded his vocals the next day.

A 16:16 version appears on The Doors’ 1970 album Absolutely Live.

The song starts out with a jazzy riff featuring Ray Manzarek on organ and John Densmore on drums. At the beginning, Morrison says, “Yeah, come on”, to add to the feel of the intro. The organ figure at the start is almost identical to one used in “Soul Kitchen” from the previous album. The band kicks in to start the first verse, which repeats twice before Morrison sings the chorus. A guitar solo by Robby Krieger then commences, which lasts 44 seconds. Another song from the first album is recalled when Morrison sings, “Turn out the lights”—it is performed in the same way as the lyric “End of the night” is on the track of the same name. The song’s volume gradually decreases as a poem begins. This very quiet portion of the song, which lasts about four minutes, features Morrison singing over a quiet bass line from Manzarek, soft guitar by Krieger, and drums by Densmore. The poem portion is occasionally sparked from loud bursts from Densmore’s drums.


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  • Moonlight__Dawn

    I wonder if The Doors members ever knew they were creating legendary epic rock music like this one and "The End"?!! Either way, this song is amazing. Much love to Ray, Robby, John and Jim. <3

    24 May 11:14pm Reply
  • scientist4u

    The scream of the butterfly

    1 May 7:11pm Reply
  • davidmxdf


    24 Apr 3:44pm Reply
  • StephenR4968

    Cancel my subscription to the resurrection.

    31 Mar 7:02pm Reply
  • clintbeed6793

    Along with The End this is the greatest Doors song.

    18 Mar 7:36am Reply
  • tiromil

    one of my favorites, especially when I'm drunk

    13 Mar 11:57pm Reply
  • moooookie

    As Far As I Can Tell...Your All A Bunch Of Looooosers.

    13 Mar 1:45am Reply
  • moooookie

    In The Sixties & seventies If You Didn't Put Every Thing Into Un-Establishing Power...You Were & Still are A Looser.

    13 Mar 1:40am Reply
  • sharkk29

    intro is damn good, but the noise at 3min very annoying

    8 Mar 3:21pm Reply
  • NathelieJulienn

    some noise

    3 Mar 5:13am Reply
  • ForestFloor

    One of their best

    15 Feb 5:23pm Reply
  • perezhivem


    20 Jan 12:23pm Reply
  • Davewr1945

    The DOORS are so good because they put everything they have into each piece of their performances!

    24 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Hahnenkaempfer

    and beer and cigarettes

    12 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Hahnenkaempfer

    Music is your only friend until the end

    12 Dec 2014 Reply
  • RAY7654321

    Listening to the album "Strange Days" the second by the band. Released in 1967 with all song writing credited to the entire band. Douglas Lubahn on bass guitar. The album, although reaching #3 on the charts, was considered by the producer, Paul A Rothchild, to be a commercial failure because he expected it would top the Beatles and all others in sales. Remember with all the great music released in 1967 the top selling album in the USA was "More Of The Monkees" by The Monkees.

    7 Oct 2014 Reply
  • muerto14


    21 Aug 2014 Reply
  • AnarchyKM

    ...and american idol may live? = prove that there is no god

    19 Apr 2014 Reply
  • bicknor

    The music will only be over as and when the last human being dies...................... most are likely to die before 2100 AD

    16 Apr 2014 Reply
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