Moonlight Drive (5:55)

Cover of The Very Best of The Doors

From The Very Best of The Doors and 47 other releases

“Moonlight Drive” is a song from The Doors’ second album, Strange Days. Although it was only a B-side (of “Love Me Two Times”), it is a favorite in The Doors canon. Though a conventional blues arrangement, “Moonlight Drive“‘s defining feature was its slightly off-beat rhythm and, more significantly, Robby Krieger’s ‘Bottle-neck’ guitar which creates an eerie sound.

The song is known to fans as being one of the first written by lead singer Jim Morrison. According to the Morrison biography No One Here Gets Out Alive by Jerry Hopkins and Danny Sugerman, Morrison wrote it (as “Moonlight Ride”) during his halcyon days on a rooftop in Venice Beach, a suburb of Los Angeles, California in 1965. Later on, when he happened upon friend and soon-to-be fellow band member Ray Manzarek, he uttered the memorable lines, “Let’s swim to the moon, let’s climb through the tide, penetrate the evening that the city sleeps to hide.” Reportedly Manzarek was immediately awestruck, and they decided at that moment to form a band; Morrison already had a name picked out: The Doors.

Recordings of live performances of this song reveal a link to a sort of death by drowning - whether murder, suicide or simply going too far. Morrison sings in live performances, probably improvising, referring to “fishes for your friends” and “pearls for your eyes” conjuring an image of a rotten corpse lying at the bottom of the ocean while simultaneously referencing Shakespeare.

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  • 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 11:38am Reply
  • agnosis1975

    I always think of "Two Lane Blacktop" when I hear this.

    7 Aug 6:45am Reply
  • zero000000000

    hey @azalelib or whatever, you don't know what the fuck you are talkn about, take a little drive and figure it out

    26 Jul 6:36am Reply
  • AzazelBM

    I don't like it, the weakest Strange Days song.

    9 Jul 3:40pm Reply
  • Ena_Zivkovic5

    perfect for making love

    9 May 11:50am Reply
  • Alan_Cieslar

    This song is amazing, fits very well on the album after "Horse Lattitudes"

    17 Feb 9:27pm Reply
  • TheSuperCrasher

    Wait, it was only a B-side? Wow. This is one of their best.

    28 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Deardeadfriend

    Mmh, the live version sounds so good.

    1 Apr 2013 Reply
  • xKornflakesx

    Let's swim to the moon honey

    19 Nov 2012 Reply
  • thekills1985

    Sexy ;)

    4 Nov 2012 Reply
  • nicholsjoshua35

    The Doors didn't make music, they made masterpieces!

    31 Aug 2012 Reply
  • davy1badass

    first time i have heard this song VERY KOOL

    29 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Oregon_Myst

    ♥ What's not to love about this?? ♥

    22 Jul 2012 Reply
  • WiseJake237

    Robbie Krieger is my all-time favorite slide guitar player. No one ever sounded like he did on slide - and no one ever will.

    30 May 2012 Reply
  • JennFonseca714

    OH GAWD!!! THE DOORS!!! CLASSIC HOTNESS!

    25 Apr 2012 Reply
  • PattySauce

    Full of awesomeness!!!!!! <33

    22 Apr 2012 Reply
  • shellbyrne

    TANGO w/ the doors

    5 Apr 2012 Reply
  • nicoletesoro14

    jim's voice seduces me <3

    29 Mar 2012 Reply
  • HathInTheRam

    I had to double-check this. It didn't sound right at first.

    6 Mar 2012 Reply
  • AcidVenom22

    one of the most trippy songs of the doors!!!

    1 Mar 2012 Reply
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