Not to Touch the Earth (3:55)

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“Not to Touch the Earth” is a 1968 song by The Doors from their album Waiting for the Sun. It stems from Jim Morrison’s poem, “Celebration of the Lizard”. A recording of the complete poem was attempted at the sessions for the album, but only the musical passage Not to Touch the Earth was deemed fit for release. The poem was released on the album sleeve in written form. The complete poem was released in 2003 on the Legacy: The Absolute Best compilation, and the re-issue of Waiting for the Sun. The song has been criticized for not being as edgy or ambitious as previous Doors songs despite its topic


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  • jpeiper

    Love, love, love. What a gem.

    14 Oct 2014 Reply
  • RAY7654321

    Listening to the third album "Waiting For The Sun" released in July 1968 with all song writing credited to the entire band. Disappointing to most fans at the time because it went in a more mellow direction then expected but still reached #1 on the charts. The main problem was the rumor of an epic track to be on the album which was shelved, "Celebration of the Lizard", this track was only pert to make it on the album. Douglas Ludahn on bass.

    10 Oct 2014 Reply
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    21 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Angel_Blue-

    I am the lizard king, I can do anything

    23 Jun 2014 Reply
  • jimmorrisonc

    run whit me¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡

    22 May 2014 Reply
  • ProgressiveDoom

    Love it!

    1 Apr 2014 Reply
  • silversurfer250

    The lyric to this song is an excerpt from The Celebration Of The Lizard, a Jim Morrison poem that was going to take up the first side of Waiting For The Sun. "Not To Touch The Earth" was the only part of the 24-minute song that was compelling enough to put on the album, but the entire 133-line poem was included on the album sleeve.

    29 Mar 2014 Reply
  • nicorebel

    This has always been one of my favourite Doors songs [5]

    4 Mar 2014 Reply
  • BeliasIlKornuto

    so wicked

    2 Feb 2014 Reply
  • adrianfly06

    "una de las bandas más innovadoras y poderosas en la historia del rock"

    24 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Storchel

    Love ittt!

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • TwIzteDmETaL

    AwESomE SoNg

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • srdjstuka

    Good evening. I am the Lizard King. My card.

    11 Jun 2013 Reply
  • paradrome


    18 May 2013 Reply
  • nicorebel

    This has always been one of my favourite Doors songs [4]

    22 Mar 2013 Reply
  • naftallina

    this has always been one of my favorite Doors songs [3]

    16 Mar 2013 Reply
  • enchantmental

    this has always been one of my favorite Doors songs [2]

    29 Dec 2012 Reply
  • scottdoesntknow

    I have this record on vinyl, this has always been one of my favorite Doors songs. Such a frenzy

    20 Nov 2012 Reply
  • gab136

    One of the trippiest songs I know.

    25 Oct 2012 Reply
  • CargadosCarajos

    really jim?

    4 Oct 2012 Reply
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