Celebration Of The Lizard Lyrics - The Doors

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Lions in the street and roaming
Dogs in heat, rabid, foaming
A beast caged in the heart of a city
The body of his mother
Rotting in the summer ground
He fled the town

He went down South and crossed the border
Left chaos and disorder
Back there over his shoulder

One morning he awoke in a green hotel
With a strange creature groaning beside him
Sweat oozed from its shining skin
is everybody in?
is everybody in?
is everybody in?
the ceremony is about to begin

Wake up!
You can't remember where it was
Had this dream stopped?

The snake was pale gold
Glazed and shrunken
We were afraid to touch it
The sheets were hot dead prisons
And she was beside me
Old, she's no, young
Her dark red hair
the white soft skin

Now, run to the mirror in the bathroom
shes coming in here
I can't live thru each slow century of her moving
I let my cheek slide down
The cool smooth tile
Feel the good cold stinging blood
The smooth hissing snakes of rain . . .

Once I had, a little game
I liked to crawl, back in my brain
I think you know, the game I mean
I mean the game, called 'go insane'

you should try, this little game
Just close your eyes, forget your name
Forget the world, forget the people
And we'll erect, a different steeple

This little game, is fun to do
Just close your eyes, no way to lose
And I'm right there, I'm going too
Release control, we're breaking thru

Way back deep into the brain
Back where there's never any pain
And the rain falls gently on the town
And over the heads of all of us
And in the labyrinth of streams
Beneath, the quiet unearthly presence of
gentle hill dwellers, in the gentle hills around
Reptiles abounding
Fossils, caves, cool air heights

Each house repeats a mold
Windows rolled
Beast car locked in against morning
All now sleeping
Rugs silent, mirrors vacant
Dust Lying under the beds of lawful couples
Wound in sheets
And daughters, smug
With semen eyes in their nipples

There's been a slaughter here

(Don't stop to speak or look around
Your gloves and fan are on the ground
We're getting out of town
We're going on the run
And you're the one I want to come)

Not to touch the earth
Not to see the sun
Nothing left to do, but
Run, run, run
Let's run
lets run

House upon the hill
Moon is lying still
Shadows of the trees
Witnessing the wild breeze
C'mon baby run with me
Let's run

Run with me
Run with me
Run with me
Let's run

The mansion is warm, at the top of the hill
Rich are the rooms and the comforts there
Red are the arms of luxuriant chairs
And you won't know a thing till you get inside

Dead president's corpse in the driver's car
The engine runs on glue and tar
C'mon along, we're not going very far
To the East to meet the Czar

run with me
run with me
run with me
let's run

Some outlaws lived by the side of the lake
The minister's daughter's in love with the snake
Who lives in a well by the side of the road
Wake up, girl! We're almost home

We should see the gates by mornin'
We should be inside by evening,

sun sun sun
burn burn burn
i will get you

i am the lizard king
i can do anything

We came down
The rivers and highways
We came down from
Forests and falls

We came down from
Carson and Springfield
We came down from
Phoenix enthralled
And I can tell you
The names of the Kingdom
I can tell you
The things that you know
Listening for a fistful of silence
Climbing valleys into the shade

for seven years, i dwelt
in the loose palace of exile
playing strange games with the girls of the island
now, i have come again
to the land of the fair, and the strong, and the wise
brothers and sisters of the pale forest
children of night
who among you will run with the hunt?
now night arrives with her purple legion
Retire now to your tents and to your dreams
Tomorrow we enter the town of my birth
I want to be ready'

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People who are critiquing, or writing anything about Jim Morrison, or the doors, or and the doors,now, light-years away, from those fast and strange times, in a completely different world. A world that was on the verge of innocence into reality. Jim Morrison, was a very shy, and insecure young man. Everyone has a talent, you and I, have a special talent. Jim's talent, was his intellect. He expressed this, through poetry. Was this intelligence only inate? No, of course not. Jim, was very well read. His poetry, reflected his thoughts, on the authors, in which he read and thought were worthy. Did he have magical powers, no, he did have incredible insight, and an amazing ability to influence people. Huxley once said, "once a man knows the truth, it will drive him insane. "I know this to be true. Jim knew this to be true. Doesn't matter what Jim died of, although, it was nothing more than an overdose of herion.
In the celebration of the lizard, although, not mainstream, nor played on the radio, but one of his finest endeavors, means many things. Anyone who has any literary commonsense, realizes there are things that are called,literary genres. This is the way of writing. Not everything is to be taken literally, but possibly metaphorically, symbolically, perhaps something is personified. Was this work, love Jim Morrison's, some type of prophecy, or apocalyptic tale of what's to come? Probably not, but who cares? You the reader, must have the intelligence, to read between the lines. You the reader, you must find what is true, what is true and what matters to you, and what is important for you that will help you through life and to understand life in a better light. It's terrible that all of the greatest writers and thinkers are criticized by men that they're not even try so. The reason usually being is they do not possess the intellect. All I can tell you is I know everything about the doors, 40 years now of listening of watching of reading and it has made me a better person, much one lightened, and happier. I didn't spend my life doing this, but a big part of my life is learning, as it should be for you. If anything in this makes sense, find out what's important for you, find out what will make you better, a better person,a better Son or daughter, father or mother. We are only human, and even heroes often fail. Jack

Celebration of the lizard meaning. | Reviewer: Rowan M | 2/25/14

To understand this song you have to understand why he called himself the "lizard king". The lizard is an ancient symbol for attaining enlightenment, Morrison was well aware of this hence lizard king. Also when he says "ride the snake" in the he is talking about the ancient east-Indian kaundalina serpent energy wrapping around your spine until it reaches your pineal gland in your brain(3rd eye) and reach enlightenment. So the celebration of the lizard is about enlightenment good or bad and you coming along with Morrison for the ride. This is vey apparent in this song in the part: a little game, when he says way back deep into the brain and in the same verse he talks about a labyrinth of streams beneath. This is commonly used metaphor for the many paths their is to take to enlightenment. Also the whole verse at the end of not to touch the earth part when it starts like; Some outlaws live by the side of the lake the ministers daughters in love with a snake, who lives in a well by the side of the road WAKE UP girl were almost home. The words Lake, Snake, Well, Road, Wake up and finally home all have double meanings. One persons comment was talking about the garden of edens snake and you are right but you fail to understand the meaning od the snake and tree of life all together. Also I honestly fell sorry for anyone that beleifs this song is about reptilians or any other david icke thingy. You have to realize that David Icke is only here to make conspiracy theorists look ridiculous and everything he says is complete utter bullshit and please keep that away from this beautiful piece of poetry.

The miss understood story | Reviewer: John Barrymore | 9/23/13

Those reviews linking this poem to conspiracies and wild rumors. Have miss interpreted the story of the celebration of the lizard by being to obeyed by their beliefs. Learning about JIms biography (especially his younger years) you would know that these poems are about a lone hitchhiker in the desert in which he has combined an alter ego (The Lizard King) with his own personal experiences and fantasies.

why he died | Reviewer: Gala | 6/2/13

Jim knew the truth about world order... That's why he's dead! In last few years there are some very loud voices telling us to "wake up", to "open our eyes". There are too many artis died under weird circumstances and I believe that real artists are "blessed" - able to see and feel much more than "regular" people. Morrison knew what is going on around him, halucinogens probably helped...

Good and evil | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/25/12

Sounds like Morrison may have had an acid experience with the Reptilian ETs, and let me point out here that they are evil beings. Just having technology, intelligence, and abilities beyond ours doesn't automatically make them benevolent. The lyrics seems to speak of evil, snakes, reptiles, blood, violence, rape, etc. like they are good things---holy things, and the Lizard King is the greatest despite the terrible things he does. The Reptilians (or if you prefer, devils) thrive on evil, confusion, lies, and manipulation. They are propaganda magicians. They used poor Jim Morrison and he did try to escape when he took off for France and tried to hide from the world.

Return of the King? | Reviewer: Michael Elohim | 5/4/12

Throughout the poem, the speaker serves as a mystic shaman, luring his listeners ever-further from this world and deeper into a visionary world of myth. At the end, though, the speaker becomes a personal character in the narrative, a leader of men who will lead his followers back into the world where he faces a dramatic but undefined fate. He no longer sounds ceremonial and in control, but suddenly vulnerable and needing us. As we return with him to the world, do we return transformed and healed by the vision? Will we stand by the king as he is sacrificed to heal the tribe?

The Illiad on Acid | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/6/12

In my humble opinion the theme to this epic poem/story reminds me of Homers "Illiad". The main character reminds me of Ulysses (i.e. The Lizard King). His Odyesse being put together by Morrison using the trials and tribulations of current events of the day. That's the beauty of Morrisons poetry, he always left it open for wide and varied interpitations.

From "The Music of Time" by Preston Nichols | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/20/12

Page 72
"Jim Morrison has been celebrated as a very gifted
poet, but it is unknown that he purchased a lot of poetry
from Mark Hamill. I remember one of Mark's original
poems was "Celebration of the Lizard" which I thought
was pretty sick. Mark had hundreds or thousands of pages
of lyrics laying around that he had written over the years.
If someone wanted to buy some, he would hand over a
whole stack and have them pick out what they wanted."

Yes, he means Luke Skywalker Mark Hamill. Wild book....

Does it matter | Reviewer: Mike Cannon | 1/19/12

The last review on this great poem by Jim Morrison sounds very text book. But what makes real poetry is that it moves a reader personally, that they can relate to it personally, and that the meaning of changes with each passing year for the reader.

Yes many poets wrote about the times using symbols and animals to hide the meaning. I have done this myself in some of my writings. but when others have read them, they have a completely different meaning to them then they did to me.

Poetry is only understood and translated personally by 2 people, the reader and the writer.

Morrison the Poet | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/23/11

First, no one can say for sure what those lyrics mean, unless they happen to be the author of them. And even sometimes the author of a literary work isn't sure what it means or where it came from.

But first and foremost, with all the satanism and drug stuff aside, Morrison was a poet, a writer. And writers learn how to write by reading. And poets learn how to write by reading poetry. Throw a little Life into the mix and that's where a writer gets his or her stuff.

So what did Morrison read? Figure that out and you'll go a long way toward figuring out what the "Celebration" lyrics mean.

Obviously he read British poets, since The Doors comes from a line from Blake's Marriage of Heaven and Hell: "If the doors of perception were ever truly cleansed we would see the world as it is, infinite," or something like that (I'm paraphrasing from memory). So what other British poets might have been an influence on him as far as this poem (and it is a poem) is concerned?

The first thing that comes to my mind is Shelley's The Masque of Anarchy, which inspired Thoreau to write An Essay on Civil Disobedience and Gandhi to start his passive resistance movement (Gandhi often quoted from "Masque," during speeches in India). So Morrison's in good company. Look up "Masque" and see what you think. You'll see the connection to Morrison's "lions in the street" and "Wake Up!" clearly. So what was "Masque" about? Non-violent revolution against the government. Shelley's reaction to the Peterboro Massacre. "Masque" also was a catalyst in the formation of unions in early 20th century America, according to Howard Zinn in his A People's History of the United States.

Next thing that comes to mind is the Edward Fitzgerald translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Especially the line (I'm paraphrasing from memory again) "They say the lion and the lizard hold court where Jamshydd gloried and drank deep." The point being that kings may come and go, but the earth and its creatures remain. And lions and lizards are both integral to the "plot" of "Celebration."

"Dead president's corpse in the driver's car." JFK's assassination. The death of a king. Morrison's reaction to the '60's and the Vietnam War and the concurrent degradation of society. And his desire for freedom from it, for himself and others. And his desire for a kindred spirit to be by his side ("You're the one I want to come"). And maybe his frustration at the corruption he saw all around him. A lot of Blake's stuff was about that, too.

"Lizard," besides "Omar Khayyam?" "Crawl back into your brain?" Reptilian brain? Ancestral mind? Maybe, but that's a science thing, an evolutionary thing, not a poetry thing. "Omar Khayyam" might have been enough of a source on it's own.

Yeats? A Second Coming? "ceremony of innonence?" Maybe. Hard to say.

Are there references to sex in "Celebration?" Sure, but only secondarily, with the point being that Morrison was looking for a separation from the sexual mores of his time, as Blake was also doing during his time (read his London).

Great lyrics, yes. Great song, yes. Great poem, yes. And it's far from being the ravings of a satanic, drunken drug addict. It's a very carefully crafted statement about the people's need to escape from the control of money and the warfare state and traditional mores of a Judeo-Christian society. And a good example of the breadth of Morrison's literary interests.

At least that's what it looks like to me. But I could be way off.

Awesome lyrics | Reviewer: Quodlibet_Q | 12/12/11

This song seems to be more of a metaphorical exploration of primal instinct and using to it break free from the average paradigm, for better or worse.

Jim Morrison either died from cocaine or heroine. He didn't die from LSD. It can't kill you their are only two things that can either you can mentally scar yourself because too refused to just let go and let things flow as they should because your too neurotic, or you can take so much your on a permanent trip. If you took that much its your own stupid fault.

lovelife | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/15/11

I do not want to read that LSD does not cause injury, Jim Mprrison died due to ovedose, if not , we will still have him and more of his genial songs. He really had a nightmare in this celebration, but I like this song !

The Song Rocks | Reviewer: DaveW | 7/8/11

We live near Seattle and a local 60's cover band played the song live in it's entirety including drum solo and other instrumentation. Anyway I was born in 56 so what I knew about the Dors came from my older brother who was using a lot a vitamin L. I download the song and am digesting it further. There is so much fear in our society. Strong halluciengens can and will open many portals and barriers and often give the user a very strong sense of empowerment. This should be legal and in fact there is very little documented death or injury caused by this activity. As far as television and all media it will force you to live in a 3D world which is a total farce. Unplug all of the digital garbage (other than music) and see what lies beyond the illusion. For me it has been nothing but positive, amazing, and uplifting for the soul. If you like new age or gregorian music look up Lesium. They will blow your mind. Chapter II is their best and most powerful stuff. Peace Dave W

To Mr Anonymous | Reviewer: passer-by | 7/3/11

You Mr Anonymous are an Ass..

I dont get why you are even here! since you clearly can't offer anything sensible on the topic of The Celebration Of The Lizard except for all that satan stuff..

Go read some good books instead of all that crowley stuff..(I dont see how this song is even related to crowley, in the slightest)

Pure Satanic and evil.... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/1/11

All that this song describes is mr JM's intimate relationship with Satan/Baphomet/Devil... nothing more... nothing less... You can achieve contact only through heavy drugs... as Mr Crowley suggested!

Poet my ass... genius my ass...

under the influence and demonic guidance only such words can be delivered...

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