THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
133-The Doors-Riders on the Storm.
1971-Number 22 single.
Best Bit-At.2.41.I believe that an artist records all their best work early on in their careers,but like every good rule there are always exceptions.This was the last song that Jim Morrison recorded before his death.
Jim Morrison(see also best songs 460 and 235) (December 8,1943-July 3,1971) put many of his short life’s inspirations into this song.For example some of the lyrics relate to mass murderer Billy Cook who was executed in 1952,while other lyrics echo the American poet Hart Crane’s poem,’Praise for an Urn,’which includes the line ‘Delicate riders of the storm.’Another inspiration was the 1948 Stan Jones song ‘(Ghost) Riders in the Sky,’made popular when recorded by Johnny Cash.
My interpretation of the song is that we are born into a world where we have to make the most of every opportunity,but along the way there are many dangers,but if we work together we can win out in the end.
‘Girl you gotta love your man,take him by the hand,make him understand.’
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