When the Music's Over
The Doors Lyrics


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Yeah, c'mon

Yeah!

When the music's over
When the music's over, yeah
When the music's over
Turn out the lights
Turn out the lights
Turn out the lights
Yeah

When the music's over
When the music's over
When the music's over
Turn out the lights
Turn out the lights
Turn out the lights

For the music is your special friend
Dance on fire as it intends
Music is your only friend
Until the end
Until the end
Until the end

Cancel my subscription to the resurrection
Send my credentials to the house of detention
I got some friends inside
The face in the mirror won't stop
The girl in the window won't drop
A feast of friends, alive she cried
Waitin' for me
Outside

Before I sink
Into the big sleep
I want to hear
I want to hear
The scream of the butterfly

Come back, baby, back into my arm
We're gettin' tired of hangin' around
Waitin' around with our heads to the ground
I hear a very gentle sound
Very near yet very far
Very soft, yeah, very clear
Come today, come today
What have they done to the earth, yeah?
What have they done to our fair sister?
Ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit her
Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn and
Tied her with fences and dragged her down
I hear a very gentle sound
With your ear down to the ground
We want the world and we want it (we want the world and we want it!)
Now
Now?
Now!

Persian night, babe
See the light, babe
Save us
Jesus
Save us!

So when the music's over
When the music's over, yeah
When the music's over
Turn out the lights
Turn out the lights
Turn out the lights

Well the music is your special friend
Dance on fire as it intends
Music is your only friend
Until the end




Until the end
Until the end

Overall Meaning

The Doors' "When the Music's Over" is a song filled with dark and thought-provoking lyrics. The song speaks to the power of music and its ability to evoke a visceral response in its listeners. The song is essentially divided into two parts, the first being a call to action for people to dance to the music and enjoy it while it lasts. The second part is a reflection on the state of the world and the damage humans have inflicted upon it.


The opening lines, "When the music's over, turn out the lights" imply that everything has an end and that we should enjoy every moment of the music while it lasts. The line "Music is your special friend, dance on fire as it intends" suggests that music has the power to transport people to another dimension and evoke deep feelings.


The second part of the song turns the focus onto environmental destruction and human greed. The line, "What have they done to the earth, yeah? Ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit her" speaks to the harm humans have done to the planet, while the line "Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn" is a metaphor for the destruction of natural resources. The final lines, "Save us, Jesus, save us" suggest that there may be no hope left; that humanity has gone too far in its pursuit of power and profit.


Overall, "When the Music's Over" is a powerful and impactful song that captures the zeitgeist of the 1960s and remains just as relevant today as it did over 50 years ago.


Line by Line Meaning

Yeah, c'mon
Excitedly urging the listener to join in on the music experience.


When the music's over
Acknowledging that all good things must come to an end, including the music.


Turn out the lights
Signifying the end of the music experience, and that it's time to leave.


For the music is your special friend
Expressing that music can be a source of inspiration and solace to people.


Dance on fire as it intends
Advising the listener to let the music move them and take risks without fear of self-expression.


Until the end
Implying that music is a constant source of comfort, even up to the end of life.


Cancel my subscription to the resurrection
Asking to leave behind religious and societal expectations in life or death.


Send my credentials to the house of detention
Suggesting he feels persecuted by an unfair system, and needs to justify their position.


I got some friends inside
Hinting at a sense of belonging with people who are also trapped inside the system.


The face in the mirror won't stop
He's struggling with their inner demons, and their reflection is a perpetual reminder.


The girl in the window won't drop
He experiences the presence of someone who haunts them, symbolized by a girl in the window, unable to leave.


A feast of friends, alive she cried
Juxtaposing the mood and tone of his depressing thoughts with celebrating the joys of companionship.


Waitin' for me outside
A friend awaits him, and he must leave to join them.


Before I sink into the big sleep
Expressing contemplating death, he wants to hear something specific.


I want to hear the scream of the butterfly
Referencing a painting by Edvard Munch, the scream of the butterfly reveals the underlying anguish in life.


Come back, baby, back into my arm
Addressing a lover, he yearns for their return and affection.


We're gettin' tired of hangin' around
Tiring of passive pursuits, such as waiting for the next thing to happen.


I hear a very gentle sound
Hearing something that is both close and far away, possibly referring to a message or insight waiting to be discovered.


What have they done to the earth, yeah?
Raising ecological awareness, lamenting the effects of human activity on the planet.


What have they done to our fair sister?
Similar to the previous line, asking about the harm inflicted on the natural order of things.


Ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit her
Illustrating the violence and damage to nature by human greed and consumption.


Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn and
Metaphorically wounding the planet at the start of each day, as the sun rises.


Tied her with fences and dragged her down
Describing the process of top-down control over nature by dividing it into smaller parts, taking away its freedom.


With your ear down to the ground
Urging people to listen closely to their environment and gain insight from nature itself.


We want the world and we want it (we want the world and we want it!)
Craving a greater sense of belonging and meaning in life.


Persian night, babe
Describing an exotic or mysterious scene, potentially romantic in nature.


See the light, babe
Metaphorically transcending darkness and seeing the truth of things for the first time.


Save us
Seeking salvation or rescue.


Jesus
Invoking the Christian savior for assistance, but could represent the larger spiritual force or power.




Lyrics © Wixen Music Publishing
Written by: Jim Morrison, John Paul Densmore, Raymond D Manzarek, Robert A Krieger

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