The Doors – L.A. Woman (1971)

The Doors – L.A. Woman (1971)

“L.A. Woman” is a song by the American rock band the Doors. The song is the title track of their 1971 album L.A. Woman, the final album to feature Jim Morrison before his death on July 03, 1971. LA Weekly named it No. 1 on their list of “the 20 best songs about the city of Los Angeles”.

In 1985, fourteen years after Morrison’s death, Ray Manzarek directed, and Rick Schmidlin produced a music video for the song. It was aired on MTV and included in the Doors film Dance on Fire. Band guitarist Robby Krieger has numerous times cited “L.A. Woman” as the “quintessential Doors song”.

“L.A. Woman” has been viewed as Morrison’s “final goodbye” to Los Angeles, before his transportation to Paris, France. The song’s lyrics draw inspiration from John Rechy’s transgressive novel City of Night, published in 1963, while its title is expressed as a metaphor, personifying L.A. (Los Angeles) as a woman. In author Melissa Ursula Dawn Goldsmith’s description, it is also used to describe the city’s topography and atmosphere.

In the bridge, Morrison repeats the phrase “Mr. Mojo Risin’,” which is an anagram of his name “Jim Morrison”. Doors drummer John Densmore said, “After we recorded the song, he wrote “Mr. Mojo Rising” on a board and said, “Look at this.” He moves the letters around and it was an anagram for his name. I knew that mojo was a sexual term from the blues, and that gave me the idea to go slow and dark with the tempo. It also gave me the idea to slowly speed it up like an orgasm.”

A yellow sheet of lined A4 paper with the lyrics of the track, handwritten by Morrison, was auctioned in Berkshire, UK for £13,000 on August 04, 2009.

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