Sight Of The Times | Reviewer: Julio Cesar | 12/12/13
First off I most say that in order to understand that song you have to be from that Era..... Of Course I don't remember the 60's cause I was there.
I had the privilege to see most of the concerts of all those bands when they were in their prime, at least all the ones that performed in Miami Florida, sometimes more than once.
To me The Doors were and still is the best American Band of the psychedelic movement, their lyrics, tune arrangements, quality of their performance were extraordinary and not only Jim's talent, people always funnel all the attention to Morrison who "yes" like Elvis there was only one, but let's not leave out Ray, Robby & John because it was proven Jim was nothing without The Doors and The Doors were nothing w/o Jim.
That aside it was an experimental/controversial and protesting time when in our own deep way we wanted to change the world, did we succeed? in part we did in part we did not!!... but nevertheless we had a purpose.
If you watch the opening of their 1968 Hollywood Bowl live concert the music will never be over for you
Yes those times were fun and we were young then, everything that happened was a "Sight Of The Times"
Peace & Love!
My interpretation of it.... | Reviewer: huntablunt
of course I am a doors fan too, and Jim really inspires me in writing sometimes. Jim was right in saying...Nothing is as eternal as poetry....why??Because the words wont change, its not like some good lyrics with a stupid melody you only listen to once....
First, I didnt really get this lyric here, but lets put some things together, that we "know" about Jim. He suffered from depression, and was a very intelligent person. I am sure he felt misunderstood, and got sick of his environment that wouldnt care about the words realy.
So, that Jim sees mankind as a blind mass, in need of help to break on through is this line here....he sees himself as someone, who is able to make them change their mind if they really listen...as William Blake says, man imprisons himself, looking through the narrow sights of his cavern.
"Cancel my subscription to the resurection
Send my credentials to the house of detention
I got some friends inside"
He doesnt want to be born another time, or stay in heaven. He always talked about the pain in life, and he had a lot of it I think. So he says cancel my subscription. Why? Being in heaven seeing the earth...it would have driven him mad. He wants to be remembered as what he was. The poet with a message.
Thst he thinks, man needs to listen, he says it perfectly in the next line....Send my credentials to the house of detention, where the house of detention is the earth, his credentials are his lyrics, and they should focus on it......he loves mankind, he says, I got some friends inside.
"when the musics over, turn off the light"
it simply means, when I am dead, let it all end...not for the world, but for him personally.
Jim was driven by music, as his bandmates stated. So, he danced on fire, as it intended. Thats what he wants for other men. It helped him break on through, so he recommends to do so.
People can try to understand you, but they never will totally. And only ourselves can free our minds, so the music is the special friend, helping to do so. As it intends, means, let it come, dont think, never mind, just go ahead, let it work when its there.
So then, there are the following lines...
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
In these lines, he describes the moment, when he recognizes, where "life" is, the "real life", after cleansing the doors of perception....
The face wont stop, the girl wont drop, few people, being alive, waiting outside the prison, the earth, house of detention.
About the following I am not quite sure, but as we know Jim once in High School tried to start a riot, just to see what happens, there comes the meaning......keeping in mind the peaceful hippie movement, which he critizices here a bit...
Come back, baby
Back into my arm
We're gettin' tired of hangin' around
Waitin' around with our heads to the ground
They get tired of doing nothing against what is wrong, just focussing on being one with mother earth. But how is that possible, while mother earth is ravaged and plundered. Jim says he was inspired by dead ghosts of indians.
Indians have the attitude to live along with nature, AND that you fail too, even if you live right for yourself, but do nothing against the bad things happening arround you.
So he says......we want the world now, which sinply means....lets get up, lets do something, lets shout out what we want to change, to be heard. As he says in five to one...
They got the guns, but we got the numbers...
I hope you can follow these thought, if you would like to write me a mail, to chat or discuss whatever you like, feel free to do so...
and to finish, I will put one of my poems here, which I was inspired to write, by this wonderufl poet....
through my vain
We dont need
of lies and suffer
is to follow
life without sorrow
while in a hurry
leyve the earth
and simply carry
all you have
to unknown coasts
listen to the voice of ghosts
they dont want posesments
they only tell
what wind blew
right into hell
So listen to the spell
transform your prison
and be well
isnt it great
to know not to fail?