"L.A. Woman" as written by and Wilson Smith /....
Well, I just got into town about an hour ago
Took a look around, see which way the wind blow
Where the little girls in their Hollywood bungalows

Are you a lucky little lady in the city of light
Or just another lost angel, city of night
City of night, city of night, city of night, woo, c'mon

L.A. woman, L.A. woman
L.A. woman Sunday afternoon
L.A. woman Sunday afternoon
L.A. woman Sunday afternoon
Drive through your suburbs
Into your blues, into your blues, yeah
Into your blue-blue blues
Into your blues, ohh, yeah

I see your hair is burnin'
Hills are filled with fire
If they say I never loved you
You know they are a liar
Drivin' down your freeways
Midnight alleys roam
Cops in cars, the topless bars
Never saw a woman
So alone, so alone
So alone, so alone

Motel money murder madness
Let's change the mood from glad to sadness

Mister mojo risin', mister mojo risin'
Mister mojo risin', mister mojo risin'
Got to keep on risin'
Mister mojo risin', mister mojo risin'
Mojo risin', gotta mojo risin'
Mister mojo risin', gotta keep on risin'
Risin', risin'
Gone risin', risin'
I'm gone risin', risin'
I gotta risin', risin'
Well, risin', risin'
I gotta, wooo, yeah, risin'
Woah, ohh yeah

Well, I just got into town about an hour ago
Took a look around, see which way the wind blow
Where the little girls in their Hollywood bungalows

Are you a lucky little lady in the city of light
Or just another lost angel, city of night
City of night, city of night, city of night, woah, c'mon

L.A. woman, L.A. woman
L.A. woman, your my woman
Little L.A. woman, little L.A. woman
L.A. L.A. woman woman
L.A. woman c'mon


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"L.A. Woman" as written by James

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  • +3
    General CommentThis song should have like 12 pages of posts. Just goes to show the lack of respect for the classics.
    T-CAP75on June 30, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentOK, I'll admit that I like this song disproportionately because I lived in LA when I was young, in my 20s and 30s...

    That said, besides being tremendously evocative (in my experience, there is no place I've been like LA, if you are young and looking for romantic encounters). It was (and I hope it still is) a city for lovers, overlain by a certain decadence that only serves to spice up the whole mix.

    It seemed like any exciting thing could happen...I have little doubt that Morrison saw it this way, too, based on his writing. I can see the young woman, in 20th Century Fox, walking past the boutiques on a sunny day on Rodeo Drive...

    (For a really good idea of what it felt like to live there in the 70s/80s, Steely Dan's "Gaucho", and other of their albums of the period hit it pretty good, too. Aja really speaks to the West Hollywood/Beverly Hills/Westwood/Brentwood axis, for sure... )

    I think that someone mentioned the paring of "city at night" and "city of light". The "City of Light" could well be a reference to Paris, known for a long time as "The City of Light". I realize that he moved there sometime in 70 or 71. I'm not sure how this aligns with the time the song was written and recorded. I think this could bear more analysis.
    sawfish666on September 14, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this is Jim's tribute to L.A. (obvious maybe) but this is my favorite Doors song by far. The end where he repeats the beginnning lyrics just makes me so happy because the way they play just sounds so much more peppy. I don't know but I love it.
    BigMac72on July 05, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMr. Mojo Risin is Morrison's name scrambled up.
    BobSaget666on July 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentAll of you are saddly wrong Jim was born in Florida not L.A. Its about Jim traveling to L.A. and he meets Pam (his love) He isn't 100% sure if she is the way she seems to him, loving and thinks the same way that he does. He isnt sure if she is just another slutty chick from L.A. or a real women "Are you a lucky little lady
    In the City of Light
    Or just another lost angel.
    City of Night." too some it up Jim wrote this song about Pamela and when he was trying to figure out if she was a real lady or just another L.A.women, and throughout the rest of the song he is not describing pamela but all the hookers and how he doesnt want another one of them
    IMJM4371on April 01, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMR. MOJO RISIN'!!!!!!!!! keep on risin'!!!
    AzWeThinkIamon January 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is amazing.
    NeuralNoiseon October 29, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti hate to say this (i dont really), but IMJM4371 is totally and utterly wrong in his interpretation of the song. it is, in morrison's own crazy way, a tribute to the city he loved, but not quite what you would think of it. its talking of a city with two sides, one shining bright as the sun and the other as dark and corrupt as gotham city minus the batman. although this was morrison's favorite city, the song implies that he stayed there a little too long.
    Aqualungon March 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think some 1 named no 1 almost three years ago was the closest to the real meaning of these song but still just a little off. It is about hookers but the hooker is not killing anyone its the customer who kills the hooker. Motel, Money ,Murder, Madness. come on now its about a hooker who takes a guy(the guy that just got into town about an hour ago and where the little girls in their hollywood bongalows are you a lucky little lady in the city of light, will i let her live? or just another lost angel, city at night, or will he kill her.) The main character, whether Jim meant to imply himself as this man or just a random guy but whoever it is, is a serial hooker killer.
    mojoclimaxinon May 24, 2005   Link
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    General Commentin this song jim just whrite for the la like woman.beautiful bad sad city.full of badthinks-murder madness and here come the poet who find some beautiful things.he do that la=beutiful bad sinnwst women,and jim is in love with her/it.great staff.briliant poem.i can understand that.i can feel that.my girl friend is so beautiful and sucha bitch and the same time.love it to die in her hands))
    mojorisinon July 23, 2005   Link

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