Mary and the lyrics
By ROBERT FARLEY
Published September 25, 2005
In January 1990, a letter to the editor of the Los Angeles Times suggested that the Doors song Crystal Ship was about crystal methamphetamine: The ship stood for a hypodermic needle, the kiss meant drug injection.
Doors drummer John Densmore responded with a letter of his own: "Jim wrote The Crystal Ship for Mary Worbelo (sic), a girlfriend with whom he was breaking up. . . . The song was a goodbye love song."
The first two stanzas:
Before you slip into unconsciousness
I'd like to have another kiss
Another flashing chance at bliss
Another kiss, another kiss
The days are bright and filled with pain
Enclose me in your gentle rain
The time you ran was too insane
We'll meet again, we'll meet againFrom Jim's notebooks into the song book
[Times photo: Ken Helle 1996]
|The University of Tampa's minarets
Everyone who remembers Jim Morrison from his Clearwater days remembers him scribbling notes everywhere he went. Snippets became lyrics.
"That's where the songs came from, out of those notebooks," said Doors keyboard player Ray Manzarek.
In the song Soul Kitchen, for example, Manzarek said the reference to "minarets" came from the University of Tampa.
Your fingers weave quick minarets.
Speak in secret alphabets.
I light another cigarette
and learn to forget.