Jim Morrison/The Doors
Jim Morrison/The Doors

Jim Morrison/The Doors
A rare and important set of complete handwritten lyrics in Jim Morrison's hand for the Doors song L.A. Woman, 1971, the 33 lines written in blue felt pen on three sheets of yellow legal paper, the top left corner initialed J.M./Doors, the lyrics probably written out for recording purposes for use in the studio, with prompts ...Repeat 1st verse down to ...'City of Night'... and notes to repeat certain lines ...L.A. Woman (2), L.A. Sunday Afternoon (3)...(Break) Mr. Mojo Risin' (4) Keep on risin' (4) Got to keep on risin' Risin' risin' (8) Repeat 1st verse down to .... City of Night, L.A. Woman (2) She's my woman, Little L.A. Woman, L.A. Woman c'mon. (3)
The Personal Collection Of Danny Sugarman.
The Collection of Red Ronnie.
SUGARMAN, Danny and HOPKINS, Jerry, No One Here Gets Out Alive, New York: Warner Books, 1995, pp. 321-323 (illus.)

Lot Essay

L.A. Woman was the title track on the Doors album of the same name released in 1971, the final album before Jim Morrison's untimely death on 3 July, 1971. The song was recorded at The Doors Workshop on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, between December 1970 and January 1971. Morrison recorded his vocal part in the bathroom of the makeshift studio due to the room's natural reverb. Mr. Mojo Rising is an anagram of the singer's name.

Another set of lyrics for this song appeared on the market in 2010 and sold for £13,000 but it only included the first section of the song and was not the complete version.

In a recent interview with The Doors keyboardist, Ray Manzarek, he stated that the album is simply a mash note to their hometown: We didn't approach the album with one vision. But after we started working on the songs, we realized that they're talking about L.A. They're about men, women, boys, girls, love, loss, lovers-lost, and lovers-found in Los Angeles. Manzarek also recently recalled the song as She is moving 70 miles an hour, driving down the coast highway. Its Allen Ginsburg and Jack Kerouac, hauling ass! Jim, maybe in his GT 500 Mustang, barreling down the 101 freeway to L.A. from San Francisco.

Much debate has centered on the songs opening line, which Morrison mumbles slightly. Stephen Davis, in his book Life, Death, Legend, notes that, when Morrison sings the first line a second time, he sings it as Did a little downer bout an hour ago. Although these lyrics confirm, the line as Just got into town about an hour ago, it is possible that Morrison may have even originally written the line as downer but changed it to avoid the drug reference, then sang it anyway.

The line Motel Money Murder Madness has often been thought to refer to the Manson Family murders of Sharon Tate and others, which took place in L.A. in 1969. In Ray Manzarek's 1985 video for L.A. Woman from the film Dance On Fire, the filmmaker shows newspaper headlines of the Tate murders during the song's slowed-down break after this line.

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