Happy Birthday, Jim Morrison: Top 5 Songs About the Lizard King

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We've always felt a deep connection with Jim Morrison, so much so that we'd rather read No One Here gets Out Alive than listen to any one Doors song. The poet and legendary front man left us far too soon, and in his wake is a wealth of stories and music that continues to echo down and find an audience.

Morrison remains one of the most influential rock singers of all time, and many of his colleagues have been inspired by his life to put pen to paper an let loose with melody. Here are our Top 5 favorite songs about him.

David Crosby, "Morrison"

We'll get this one out of the way first. Not because it's not a good song, but because we couldn't track down a good version of it. Crosby wanted to set the record straight with "Morrison," as he never really felt that the portrayal of him in the Oliver Stone film was in any way accurate.

Iggy Pop, "The Passenger"


In Bowie in Berlin by Thomas Jerome Seabrook the inspiration behind this song was time spent tooling around the city with David Bowie, however, Pop has also gone on record as saying the lyrics were inspired by some of Morrison's poetry. Incidentally, Pop was almost Morrison's replacement in the Doors after his death. If you wonder what that might sound like, we highly recommend his 2009 album Preliminaries.

Robyn Hitchcock, "The Lizard"


We know from Hitchcock's own set notes that this song is dedicates to Morrison. Our guess is that it's an ode to the increasing difficulty Morrison had in living up to the image he'd built as a rock and roll madman when he most wanted to move in a more poetical direction.

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Jason Smith
Jason Smith

I agree with TJ83.  Despite everything else Radiohead has done, "Anyone Can Play Guitar" is still my favorite Radiohead song.

Gary Packwood
Gary Packwood

Nice tribute article.

Morrison, Cooper, Joplin and Hendrix early on were so talented and so unusually focused and thoughtful yet so utterly bored.

Desperado might describe all of them or perhaps they were just desperate as a result of all the hype and lies told to them by the sharks who were their handlers.

"No reason to get excited," The thief, he kindly spoke "There are many here among usWho feel that life is but a joke But you and I, we've been through that And this is not our fate So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late"


"Grow my hair, I wanna be wanna be wanna be Jim Morrison!"

"Anyone Can Play Guitar" ---- Radiohead

Only a slight reference, but a good song nonetheless.

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