Thoughts in time and out of season
The Hitchhiker
Stood by the side of the road
And leveled his thumb
In the calm calculus of reason
Hi. How you doin'? I just got back into town L.A.
I was out on the desert for awhile
Riders on the storm
Yeah. In the middle of it
Riders on the storm
Into this world we're born
Hey, listen, man, I really got a problem
Into this world we're thrown
When I was out on the desert, ya know
Like a dog without a bone
An actor out on loan
I don't know how to tell you
Riders on the storm
but, ah, I killed somebody
There's a killer on the road
His brain is squirming like a toad
It's no big deal, ya know
I don't think anybody will find out about it, but...
take a long holiday
just, ah...
Let your children play
this guy gave me a ride, and ah...
If you give this man a ride
started giving me a lot of trouble
Sweet family will die
and I just couldn't take it, ya know
Killer on the road
And I wasted him

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    General CommentI always see those first lines in context of wrapping up the paris journal poem:

    Tell them you came and saw
    sexual inuendo no doubt, JM's version of the sacred femanine metaphor, but it's very - defeatist here "you've beaten me, but I accomplished something right?" also the very good - play on words "veni, vidi, vici" - "I came, I saw, I conquered"
    and look'd into my eyes
    and saw the shadow
    of the guard receding
    Thoughts in time
    and out of season
    Dam I wish I had a clearer idea what this meant. If I could find these metaphors used - somewhere else in a JM poem..
    The Hitchhiker stood
    by the side of the road
    and levelled his thumb
    Also with a roman touch: in the colliseum when the defeated's fate was decided with a - levelled thumb that could point up or down
    in the calm calculus
    of reason.
    Torstenon June 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is great. It's from the spoken word album "An American Prayer." It's hard to describe in words, and these lyrics are probably confusing people, but it was made by playing their song "Riders on the Storm" and overlapping some of Mr. Morrison's poetry.

    The story of a hitchhiker was a common theme for Morrison. I'm not sure why he was so obsessed with it, maybe the idea of killing a man far out in the desert appealed to him. whatever it was, it was a good thing, since it led to poetry like in this song. And of course, the legendary experimental film "HWY" was this sort of story.
    LordDionysiuson June 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commentfrom reading his biographies, i think jim morrison believed we were all kind of like hitchhikers. we all have some vague destination in our minds, but no means or ideas of how to achieve it. we wait for someone who can take us there, but we can never be sure. i think think poem talks about how fragile the human race is. how easy it is to kill, to hurt. the only thing stoping us is our minds, our conscience.
    alicia0819on August 20, 2006   Link

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