Runnin' Blue is a song by the American rock band The Doors, the seventh track on their album The Soft Parade. In 1969 it peaked at #64 on Billboard magazine's Pop Singles chart.
It is notable for Jim Morrisons introduction, a tribute to the then recently-deceased Otis Redding:
Poor Otis, dead and gone
Left me here to sing his song
Pretty little girl with the red dress on
Poor Otis, dead and gone.
The lyrics and melody of this brief a cappella introduction was taken from a Lead Belly track entitled Po' Howard (or Poor Howard on some compilations) where Jim replaced the name 'Howard' with 'Otis'. Sometimes this introduction was played at the end of the another Doors' song, When The Music's Over.
Robby Krieger shares vocals with Morrison on the track, one of the few songs before Morrison's death to do so.
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