The End (17:29)

Cover of Live in New York

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“The End” is a song by The Doors. Originally a song Jim Morrison wrote about breaking up with a long time girlfriend, it evolved through months of performances at Los Angeles’ Whisky a Go Go into a nearly 12-minute opus on their self-titled album. The band would perform the song to close their last set. It was first released in January 1967.

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Robby Krieger’s slinky, haunting guitar lines over D drone in DADGAD tuning using a harmonic minor scale recall Indian drone and raga-based music, as has often been noted, and the rolling and dramatic crescendoes of John Densmore’s drums recall Indian tabla rhythms. The music as a whole, though, does not sound entirely or even particularly “Indian”. The sharp, ringing edge of the guitar recalls the 50s rock and roll style, while the fingerpicking attack may derive equally from the flamenco guitar style Krieger had studied as a youth and from folk music. Ray Manzarek’s organ is used sparingly to provide an inconspicuous bass line (I-V-I-V-I-V…) and fills. One may find a strong similarity to Chopin’s “Funeral March” theme and also to Sandy Bull’s guitar instrumental “Blend” - but this may be more to do with the quality of the melodic minor scale than with any specific influence.


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  • andrewirving

    i always like the idea of jim running the lyrics by the rest of the group & them saying, "ok, so, we like the start & the finish. but, this bit in the middle, could you maybe make it a bit less, y'know, well... not so much about your cock?"

    1 Jul 2:32pm Reply
  • masodikgalamb

    drop the bomb. exterminate them all.

    30 Jun 2:06pm Reply
  • Alex_Darkness

    One of the greatest songs ever [6]

    27 Jun 3:06pm Reply
  • Benkophex

    Lost in a roman wilderness of pain And all the children are insane, all the children are insane

    21 Jun 12:25pm Reply
  • metalanarchist6

    Jim Morrison was a genius. His likes we will not see again.Listen to the keyboards done by Ray Manzarek, absolutely haunting.

    11 Jun 2:46pm Reply
  • metalanarchist6

    This is the end. Could be very prophetic for these times. My favorite Doors song.

    11 Jun 2:39pm Reply
  • johnx1x55

    insane song for an insane world.

    7 Jun 11:36am Reply
  • clintbeed6793

    I have to agree that this is one of the greatest songs of all time.

    16 May 7:15am Reply
  • WeatheredStone

    there's danger on the edge of town...

    30 Apr 10:25pm Reply
  • robertwneal

    An Epic of a Song that takes us into the 'World of Insanity'!

    22 Apr 9:27pm Reply
  • Anlyla

    One of the greatest songs ever [6]

    16 Apr 9:04am Reply
  • SimonWoerner

    One of the greatest songs ever [5].

    15 Apr 9:23pm Reply
  • tamipa

    Non need to LUI (listen under the influence...) sounds generate the feeling of transcending ...

    14 Apr 1:10pm Reply
  • Peeeons

    I have yet to listened to this while under the influence v.v

    11 Apr 8:35am Reply
  • Ylijulisse

    That epic poem!

    11 Apr 12:39am Reply
  • Angel_Blue-

    there's no words to describe this song

    27 Mar 6:08am Reply
  • Rissacakes

    the west is the best.... get here, and we'll do the rest....

    19 Mar 7:01am Reply
  • WildhoneyTR

    the horror... the horror...

    15 Mar 11:10am Reply
  • mikaerukei

    Песня для умирания.

    11 Mar 8:23pm Reply
  • gdcman

    Live Doors is Fresh!

    16 Feb 4:29pm Reply
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