Before you slip into unconsciousness
I'd like to have another kiss
Another flashing chance at bliss
Another kiss, another kiss
The days are bright and filled with pain
Enclose me in your gentle rain
The time you ran was too insane
We'll meet again, we'll meet again
Oh tell me where your freedom lies
The streets are fields that never die
Deliver me from reasons why
You'd rather cry, I'd rather fly
The crystal ship is being filled
A thousand girls, a thousand thrills
A million ways to spend your time
When we get back, I'll drop a line


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  • +9
    General CommentAnd then I found THIS COMMENT:

    This song came from poetry written in Jim Morrison's notebooks. He wrote it after splitting up with his girlfriend, Mary Werbelow, in the summer of 1965. While the "Crystal Ship" is sometimes thought to represent drugs, Ken Rafferty from The Annotated Lyrics makes this case:

    This song has nothing to do with drugs and everything about Jim Morrison's heavy relationship with his first love, Mary Werbelow. As a poet, he did nothing more than use transparent images for his relation to the past. He (Jim Morrison) hasn't let go of her as evidenced in the first line, "Before you slip into unconsciousness, I'd like to have another kiss."

    That means the protagonist had already left her in the physical realm, but has not left her subconsciously. The thought of her still burdens him and he just wants another kiss to somehow make it feel better.

    "Another flashing chance at bliss, another kiss." Again, he cannot seem to let go of their love, their relationship, and how much she meant to him.

    "The days are bright and filled with pain." He's moved on and is now doing very well as a singer/songwriter in a rock band in L.A., but he still has feelings for her and this song is his testament to her that he still has feelings for her.

    "The time you ran was too insane." Jim was one to mock even his girlfriends- he would tease others, but mostly, he was testing them. This line very well could be a reference to a time he felt bad about verbally teasing her- knowing that it upset her.

    "The streets are fields that never die, deliver me from reasons why, you'd rather cry, I'd rather fly." A simple line that confirms the end of the relationship and that the protagonist is willing to move on. The streets are fields are his memories, and because they are vague memories now, they also present a reason why he can forget.

    And that last stanza confirms his growing popularity as a lead singer for a rock band with an ever-growing popularity. The beauty of it though is how he is saying to her that no matter how big he becomes, he will still think of her, and even call her, when he gets the chance.
    Karlinon June 23, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentStanza 1:
    Before you slip into unconsciousness
    I'd like to have another kiss
    Another flashing chance at bliss
    Another kiss, another kiss

    Stanza 1 talks about his lover leaving him, their love is dying & all that he has left, the memory of their love is dissapearing into his subconcious. He doesnt want it to end, he wants one last kiss to remind him of the bliss that their love brought him.

    Stanza 2:
    The days are bright and filled with pain
    Enclose me in your gentle rain
    The time you ran was too insane
    We'll meet again, we'll meet again

    Stanza 2 means that although they've broken up & hes feeling the pain he still has bright things in his life going on, reasons to be happy although hes sad (maybe the band), theres still hope even though he cant be with her. The time they had together was turbulent, too insane. The last line says that even though they have parted he believes their destined to meet again.

    Stanza 3:
    Oh tell me where your freedom lies
    The streets are fields that never die
    Deliver me from reasons why
    You'd rather cry, I'd rather fly

    She's breaking up with him in order to be "free", and her "freedom" is found on "the streets", where she can have all kinds of relationships with many different men instead of the one reliable one with Jim. "The streets are fields that never die" - saying that those relationships lead nowhere, are aimless. He's asking her to spare him from the countless reasons or excuses of her ending their relationship, he knows why she's really leaving. He'd rather fly, means he'd rather work at becoming successfull instead of wasting time crying like she is.

    Stanza 4:
    The crystal ship is being filled
    A thousand girls, a thousand thrills
    A million ways to spend your time
    When we get back, I'll drop a line

    I believe the crystal ship symbolises the band, they're beginning to become successfull, beginning to do what he always dreamt of, being filled (meeting) with people that can help him/them achieve success. Getting the band together. Hes beginning his journey. A thousand girls a thousand thrills a million ways to spend your time, is obvious, groupies, drink, drugs, hes now found other ways of filling the time he once spent with her. When we get back I'l drop a line, once hes done what he needs to do to become successfull he still hangs on to the the belief that one day they'l be together & when hes done what hes set out to do he'l contact her again.

    Thats what the song means to me anyways
    nephilim1591on July 25, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentProbably my favorite Doors song. Its said Jim wrote crystal ship to represent his transcend into a life of fame and glory. "The Crystal ship" is a metaphor for his success, which is very like Morrison to be poetic. It's a sad love song, and to Morrison its very meaningful and personal.

    He's saying goodbye to a girl that he has feelings for but knows wont be there with him during his career as a singer. He's telling the girl give me one last kiss because its the last kiss you're gonna get, and maybe one day i'll give you a call and we'll meet again:

    "Before you slip into unconsciousness
    I'd like to have another kiss
    Another flashing chance at bliss
    Another kiss, another kiss.

    The days are bright and filled with pain
    Enclose me in your gentle rain
    The time you ran was too insane
    We'll meet again, we'll meet again."

    At the very end of the song he tells of things to come:

    "The Crystal Ship is being filled
    A thousand girls, a thousand thrills
    A million ways to spend your time
    when we get back, I'll drop a line."

    truly a well written song. people can say Jim was a junky, Jim was a hedonistic fool, a person who lived life fast and died young... but Jim was also very sentimental an educated person, a true poet.
    paradise7on May 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always thought that the crystal ship was a metaphore for a bottle of booze. and every kiss was another sip untill poor old jim passed out.
    GitFiddleon October 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenteh, many say it's all about drugs, but i feel it could have had a deeper meaning than that. it's about hope, and things that are up in the air. The ending is saying how we should be optimistic through times of uncertainty, because things always tend to fall into place in the end.
    aquarianarchiston October 24, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis poem has two speakers if you divide every 4 lines into different voices: "we'll meet again" is answered by "oh tell me where". I don't know if he's talking to himself or what but it's interesting. The lines "oh tell me where your freedom lies/the streets are fields that never die" are great.
    alberts179on November 28, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJim Morrison wrote this song before the Doors even got a record contract. so it wasn't about Elektra or Pam...
    cori_michelle_on April 17, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI had an interesting thought about the first stanza that I wanted to get some feedback on. So, when Jim says, "Before you slip into unconsciousness" I wonder if he means the unconscious part of your mind. It seems if you are dumped, or left, by a woman/man then you will want them back, maybe just to kiss them one last time. As time goes by you think about them less and less, and then unknowingly they leave the conscious part of your mind, but stay in the unconscious part. So, he wants to kiss her one last time before his feelings for her slip away.

    I hope this came out as I intended. Let me know what you think!
    alluredworldon November 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPerfection...

    This hauntingly beautiful song is a bittersweet farewell to his previous self as he enters a new phase of life... success, fame, etc. Although he knows he will miss the how things were in the past, he remains in the present and looks forward to the limitless possibilities of the future; comforted in knowing that he has access to his memories if he ever wants to revisit them. He consciously decides to allow for a smooth transition so he can enjoy the ride - the "crystal ship" (magical journey through life)
    noushy123on February 09, 2014   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about drugs and jim wanted to put pills instead of thrills but Elektra made him change it.
    Danfrogon August 28, 2002   Link

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