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

House upon the hill.
Moon is lying still.
Shadows of the trees
Witnessing the wild breeze.
Come on 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.
Come on along, 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 live by the side of a 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.
Yeah, come on!

We should see the gates for morning.
We should be inside for evening.

Sun, sun, sun.
Burn, burn, burn.
Soon, soon, soon.
Moon, moon, moon.
I will get you

I'm the Lizard King.
I can do anything.

Lyrics submitted by archmastermind

Not To Touch The Earth song meanings
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  • +9
    General CommentAll these interpretations are quite interesting, but I think Jim Morrison wasn't as haywire as some people are making out.

    The man was quite educated! I think this song is based on a study of magic and Religion by a man called Sir James George Frazer, called "The Golden Bough". A lot of the themes brought forth in this work reflect the lyrics in the song, as it portrays parallels between rites and beliefs.
    Infact in chapter 60;"Between Heaven and Earth", the first sub chapter is entitled "Not to touch the Earth", and the second sub chapter is entitled "Not to see the sun".

    Check it out sometime, it explains much more of this song, and shows how it is an abstract overview of the whole work, rather than just drugged up babble

    will13on June 08, 2008   Link
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    General Commentjust by looking at certain parts i think its a reference to Kennedy's presidency? "The mansion at the top of hte hill" meaning the white house and "you wont know a thing till u get inside" maybe refering to all the scandals around his administration. And then the "dead president's cvorpse in the drivers car". IT probably isnt really talking about this,i just thought it was a interesting interpretation.
    Ciyaak Boyon April 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe presidential interpretation really could be a red herring. The next verse makes less sense in my mind so I have to say this song makes no sense. To me, a song written by Jim Morrison is as confounding as an album review out of Rolling Stone or a rant from Dennis Miller. Sometimes I wonder if they are a cross between the RS review and the Dennis Miller rant. The ending of the song is pretty cool, he definitely was the lizard king in terms that a lot of women played with his lizard. This song is one of Morrison's most trippy and it shows that the drugs are maybe affecting him.
    OpinionHeadon February 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove this song... one of my favorite the doors songs... the live version of it is awesome
    deddyarifon April 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the song that gets it's lyrics from the Jim Morrison poem, "The Celebration of the Lizard". Very trippy.
    OceanOfChaoson May 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song means so much depending on how you view it. Jim Morrison is my idle but I gotta admitt for this song I'm guessing it didn't make much sence as a whole to him either. He probably wrote it while trippin and it's just a bunch of ideas out togehter as one. However, this is the best doors song ever and some of the lines in here are incredible
    acdcfan672on March 04, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Dead president's corpse in the driver's car.
    The engine runs on glue and tar."

    Kennedy's horse-drawn car with casket in it?!?! (Get & tar.)
    jersey73on October 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcrazy wazy tripper song man
    MushieManon December 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLike The Wasp, this song isn't meant to be interpreted, just experienced.
    OpinionHeadon February 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'v listened to this song a few times high and my interpretation was that it was comparing heaven and hell. . (sun sun sun , burn burn burn.. )about the mansion being warm... and then hell.. and rebelion with the ministers daughter.. and then with running away from ur destiny . Also God is said to rise in the east.. and the czar refered in the song in the verse where i believe is refering to hell.. and to go the the east to meet the czar is to face the final judgement. So basically i think this song is talking about rebellion.. and choosing between good and evil.
    a pizzle muh nizzleon June 25, 2005   Link

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