Great song, a great songwriter, poet and one of the most iconic rock stars of all time.
It was released as the second single from their 6th studio album, L.A. Woman (1971) and hit the charts the day Jim Morrison died in Paris on July 3, 1971.
The song was inspired by the song “Ghost Riders in the Sky,” with a background story of a hitchhiking/mass murderer by the name of Billy Cook who went on a killing spree that took 6 people in California (and other States) in the 50’s.
The late Ray Manzarek certainly built the awesome pensive mood with his Fender Rhodes Electric Piano emulating the sounds of thunder and rain.
This song was recorded in the Doors Workshop in December 1970.
Jim Morrison recorded his main vocals and then whispered the lyrics over them to create the echo effect.
This was the last song recorded by the members of the Doors, according to Manzarek, as well as Morrison’s last recorded song to be released in his lifetime.
The Doors were a great band, and Jim Morrison was a great frontman.
“My mind is squirming like a toad.”