Texas Radio And The Big Beat Lyrics - The Doors

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I wanna tell you about Texas Radio and the Big Beat
Comes out of the Virginia swamps
Cool and slow with plenty of precision
With a back beat narrow and hard to master

Some call it heavenly in it's brilliance
Others, mean and rueful of the Western dream
I love the friends I have gathered together on this thin raft
We have constructed pyramids in honor of our escaping
This is the land where the Pharaoh died

The Negroes in the forest brightly feathered
They are saying, "Forget the night.
Live with us in forests of azure.
Out here on the perimeter there are no stars
Out here we is stoned immaculate."

Listen to this, and I'll tell you 'bout the heartache
I'll tell you 'bout the heartache and the loss of God
I'll tell you 'bout the hopeless night
The meager food for souls forgot
I'll tell you 'bout the maiden with wrought iron soul

I'll tell you this
No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn

I'll tell you 'bout Texas Radio and the Big Beat
Soft drivin', slow and mad, like some new language

Now, listen to this, and I'll tell you 'bout the Texas
I'll tell you 'bout the Texas Radio
I'll tell you 'bout the hopeless night
Wandering the Western dream
Tell you 'bout the maiden with wrought iron soul

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Texas Radio and Jim Morrison | Reviewer: Crawling King Jake | 6/4/13

Jim liked to drink. He also liked to challenge the preconceived notions of brownie baking. The universe was his workshop, and he possessed many tools, electric and karma powered. Great poetry, but not sure if he drained a couple of six packs while he composed the lyrics. The music is excellent; out on the perimeter, the drums signal the beat.....the big beat. Now listen to this and I'll tell ya....

The Rock Muse | Reviewer: StoneGiant | 1/11/13

So what's it about, this poem set to music, apart from the sparkling imagery and a diamond lyric dusting atop of the Doors' peerles European Cabaret Rock?
For me this is Jim celebrating his Rock Muse - "the maiden with wrought iron soul". Rock was, and still is seen as a decadent threat to the Status Quo. Jim and his friends - the Doors - find themselves surfing the great sea of fame which constantly threatens to sweep them away, to smash their thin raft, or maybe maroon them on oblivion's isle.

While it all lasts, they will construct concrete statements, great slabs of songs which maybe, just maybe will bring the faceless boss man of authority down - well it happened to the Pharoahs.

The Negroes, those dispossed outsiders who fuelled the creation of much of the modern musical idiom, are namechecked. They have primal wisdom, and they have been inviting us to join them in the wild celebration of release from inner bondage for many decades now; for centuries even.

The spiritual paucity of modern life CAN be healed Jim seems to say, if you will only listen to the mus. For she is delicate, feminine... with a heart of sculpted, ringing, wrought metal beauty. When the music's over......

It's probably the best song the Doors never released! | Reviewer: keepitreal | 7/17/09

It's got great poetry, a lot of truth interspliced into the metaphors. I love the big beat drums, of course, and the rhythmic keyboards by Manzeric. Jim's voice is very clear and strong. It's kind of a pre-'70's prog-rock tune. To me, it's a classic! If you're a Doors fan and have never heard this song, don't deprive yourself, give it a listen.

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