By mid-1968, Strange Days had given the Doors their first chart-topping album and they were outselling the Grateful Dead fivefold, yet were undoubtedly also part of the emerging counterculture. As a student at Florida State...
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    General Commentwhat you guys are saying about the war is absolutely correct. at the time that this song came out, there was great opposition to the vietnam war.

    "five to one" is a reference to the ratio between the younger more progressive thinking "hippies" (5) compared to the (1) politicians, lawmakers, police, government... what have you. "they've got the guns but, we got the numbers" i think he's trying to say that they might have the power, but there are more of us, we can change things if we really want to.

    the last part of the song "Your ballroom days are over, baby.Night is drawing near.Shadows of the eveningCrawl across the years.You walk across the floor With a flower in your hand. Trying to tell me no one understands Trade in your hours for a handful dimes Gonna make it, baby, in our prime." he's talking about the hippies growing up, and becoming complacant, turn in your hours for a handful of dimes... giving up the free spirited ways, and becoming a working consumer class of society. "gonna make it in our prime"

    i have to say Jim Morrisson is a brilliant poet.
    srammijon December 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentJim was an amazing person. I aspire to be like him everyday and try my hardest but he was so damn.. Jim.
    BigMac72on July 05, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis message is directed souly for SgtLurch who said...."i agree that jim had his moments and i do like the doors but i dont agree with anyone who says hes the greatest song writer ever. hes a druged out rock star end of story. yeh he had some good songs but come on.. best song writer ever?"
    first of all, Jim Morrison didnt walk around bragging about being the best song writer ever. He did what he wanted, and people either loved it or hated it. Secondly, I challenge you to name 5 artists that could write better lyrics. You're probably the kind of gu that thinks John Mayer is the best song writer ever. His lyrics were poetry and he was a very smart and educated man. He wasnt just a drugged out rock star, he wasnt aiming to be a rock star. He wanted more than that, he wanted the world as an audience. If you dont understand the Doors then go elsewhere to voice your very nieve opinion. I fuckin hate when people think that the Doors were just a gimmik. The Doors music is true art, a sort of modern day Shakespear.
    Morrison fanon March 16, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI swear to god this song rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    junebug101on April 12, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhy the fuck dosent anyone give props to The Doors?!?!?!?!?! they are one of the first great American bands, Jim Morrison is also one of the top ten lyric writers of all time. People need to quit talking about "hidden messages" in songs and recognize the great ones like The Doors

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    Dissectional88on November 16, 2004   Link
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    General Commentalso, jim wasn't really a hippie. hippies appreciated life and had a different view of the war. Jim was opposite. not an exact quote, but jim said that life is painful, when you die the pain ends. Hippies aren't like that.
    lizardkinggon June 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI thought 5 to 1 were the odds of dieing in Vietnam, and 1 in 5 were the probability people smoke weed.
    bluestargeckoon September 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is good to get your groove on, maybe working it doggy style with those comanding drums. Such sexual driving music. Anyone agree?
    kozworthon May 07, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyou can't really make sense of any of the doors songs, morrison was more of a poet, and just like any good poetry it's meant to be interpreted as you see it. I don't know about the whole Vietnam thing, I think the line "no one here gets out alive" is just saying that no one gets out of life alive, it's a pretty sick line if you think about it.
    Souperman456on September 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentDude think about it 5 to 1. If one person to every five lives, out of four people none will live. How many people were in the doors? yeah thats right. I think it is also about rebelling against the government, they got the guns, we got the numbers. There are a million meanings though
    MushieManon December 02, 2004   Link

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