quarta-feira, 15 de junho de 2011

The Ghost Song, by Jim Morrison

As we have presented in class today, The Ghost Song is a song performed by Jim Morrison (1943 - 1971), with music by The Doors, a band from the 1960’s that is still very well known until nowadays. However, its lyrics was originally conceived by Morrison as a poem, which he wrote and recorded like a recital in a poetry session. It was strongly influenced by an event that occured during his childhood, in which he witnessed an accident that killed many Indians. Here it is:

Shake dreams from your hair
my pretty child, my sweet one.
Choose the day and choose the sign of your day
the day's divinity
First thing you see.

A vast radiant beach and cooled jeweled moon
Couples naked race down by it's quiet side
And we laugh like soft, mad children
Smug in the wooly cotton brains of infancy
The music and voices are all around us.
Choose they croon the Ancient Ones
the time has come again
choose now, they croon
beneath the moon
beside an ancient lake

Enter again the sweet forest

Enter the hot dream
Come with us
everything is broken up and dances.

Indians scattered, 
On dawn's highway bleeding
Ghosts crowd the young child's, 
Fragile eggshell mind

We have assembled inside, 
This ancient and insane theater
To propagate our lust for our life, 
And flee the swarming wisdom of the streets.

The barns have stormed 
The windows kept,
And only one of all the rest 
To dance and save us 
From the divine mockery of words,
Music inflames temperament. 

Ooh great creator of being 
Grant us one more hour, 
To perform our art 
And perfect our lives. 

We need great golden copulations.

When the true kings murders 
Are allowed to roam free,
A thousand magicians arise in the land. 
Where are the feast we are promised?

One more thing

Thank you oh lord
For the white blind light
Thank you oh lord
For the white blind light

A city rises from the sea
I had a splitting headache
From which the future's made.

Then, in 1978, seven years after Morrison's death, his mates from The Doors decided to turn it into a song, mixing his voice from the poetry recording session together with a melody. The result can be heard in the video provided in the link below: 

Posted by Fernanda Pedrecal and Marcos Costa

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