Unknown Soldier
The Doors Lyrics


Wait until the war is over
And we're both a little older
The unknown soldier
Breakfast where the news is read
Television children fed
Unborn living, living, dead
Bullet strikes the helmet's head
And it's all over
For the unknown soldier
It's all over
For the unknown soldier, hut

Make a grave for the unknown soldier
Nestled in your hollow shoulder
The unknown soldier

Breakfast where the news is read
Television children fed
Bullet strikes the helmet's head

And, it's all over
The war is over
It's all over
The war is over
Well, all over, baby
All over, baby
Oh, over, yeah
All over, baby
Wooooo, hah-hah
All over
All over, baby
Oh, woa-yeah
All over
All over
Hey!

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[Intro]
Wait until the war is over
And we're both a little older
The unknown soldier
[Chorus]
Breakfast where the news is read
Television, children fed
Unborn living, living dead
Bullet strikes the helmet's head
[Verse 1]
And it's all over for the unknown soldier
It's all over for the unknown soldier, uh uh
March!
Company, halt!
Present arms!
Make a grave for the unknown soldier
Nestled in your hollow shoulder
The unknown soldier
[Chorus]
Breakfast where the news is read
Television, children fed

Bullet strikes the helmet's head
[Bridge]
And it's all over
The war is over
It's all over
War is over
[Outro]
It's all over, baby!
All over, baby!
Oh all right, yeah!
All over, yeah ha ha!
All over!
All over, baby!
Oh, oh yeah!
All over
All over
Yeah



All comments from YouTube:

Darth Nelvis

What most people don't know is that Jim Morrison had a personal connection to the Vietnam war and the military, Morrison's dad war a Navy Admiral during Vietnam. I think the point he was trying to make with the song was that the soldiers were the ones who were suffering and seeing the real thing, and that the media and everyone back home really didn't have a full understanding. It's all about your own interpretation.

hotlanta35

@ Peter Josefsson what is the name of that saint in your icon?

Vijay Iyer

@hotlanta35 thanks

hotlanta35

This is old news, maybe new to the younger generations

Vijay Iyer

Thanks for your comment. To a degree, Jimi hendrix also had a connection to the military, because he served in the 101st airborne.

Salomea Reminiec

@Common Sensibility Who sent advisors to Vietnam before the war started ?

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S.A. Hogan

One of The Doors' most haunting songs (the bells at the end are a touch of genius)--more due to Manzarek's unique keyboards than Morrison's vocals (which could've been cloned from "L.A. Woman")--and certainly their most underrated.

Michael Bruns

Well said...

kath nh

I agree that Ray Manzarek might have been underrated by some of those who casually listened to the Doors, but many of us who really liked the group could pick up on just how important his contribution was to their music.

Honey Puffs

Ive never heard a more emotion invoking song in my life. Unknown soldier didn't want to be in that war from the beginning. During his grim thoughts of the bleak and pointless nuances of life, a bullet strikes his head. His fellow soldiers see him and numbly make a grave for him. As he's laying there dying in contrast to their monotony, a sudden surge of excitement and relief! He doesn't have to fight anymore. War is over! Everything is over! A wild scream and cackle. He feels more free and alive laying there dying than he ever was in a pointless war. Brilliant.

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