The Doors – Peace Frog (1970)
“Peace Frog” is a song by the Doors, which was released on their fifth studio album Morrison Hotel in 1970. Guitarist Robby Krieger explained that the music was written and recorded first, with the lyrics later coming from poems by singer Jim Morrison. Although the song was never released as a single in the US, it was issued as the B-side of “You Make Me Real” in France.
The song’s lyrics were derived from three poems written earlier by Morrison, titled “Abortion Stories”, “Dawn’s Highway” and “Newborn Awakening”. However, due to the songwriters initial failure to write lyrics, the other group members recorded an instrumental version of “Peace Frog”, in which Morrison later overdubbed his vocals after managing to find out the appropriate lyrics to the song. The Doors performed the instrumental version at live shows during 1969.
“Peace Frog” features lines inspired by true events surrounding the band’s frontman Morrison. The line “Blood in the streets in the town of New Haven” is a reference to his onstage arrest on December 9, 1967, during a live performance in New Haven Arena. After the guitar solo, the song enters a spoken word verse with the lines “Indians scattered on dawn’s highway bleeding”, which describes a highway accident that occurred when he was young. Morrison reportedly witnessed dead Native Americans while his family was crossing a desert by road in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He said, “That was the first time I tasted fear. I musta’ been about four. Morrison was also referring to the 1968 Democratic National Convention protests with the lyric “Blood in the street/ The town of Chicago”.
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