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    General CommentThis song is beautiful. And Jim sings it with such love in his voice. That makes it so much better and heartfelt.

    RIP Jim Morrison
    bettiepage213on January 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBelting tune. must be about that Pam
    isavedchipon July 31, 2006   Link
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    General Commentjim is completely melting here, he is in nirvana definitely, i think He met God
    jolaon January 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti'm only 16 years old, and i've been a doors fan ever since i was 7 years old. when people discover this, and question me on my knowledge of jim and the doors, or ask what my favorite song is, they expect the usuals like "Light My Fire" but when i say "Indian Summer" they don't know what i'm talking about.
    this song makes my heart pound harder and my breath faster. it's an utterly amazing, utterly beautiful song. it just goes to show that something really simple can be really beautiful and meaningful.

    and, Felixx, it is actually "that i meet in the summer; indian summer" not "that i mean in the summer; indian summer." jim is probably reffering to, that no matter how many women he comes across he only truly loves one.
    aaronmarkon September 07, 2008   Link
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    General Comment“Indian Summer”
    The song is an out take recorded in 1966 wrote in 65, added to the 1970 release Morrison Hotel.
    (sometimes referred to as Hard Rock Cafe from the title of the first side
    of the LP, whose second side is titled Morrison Hotel)

    In Indian summer, 4 th song on side 2, the melody mixed with the tone of Jims hypnotic voice is mystical.
    The simplistic metaphoric lyrics leaves room for ones own interpretation.
    I’m glade he left us with a personal gift unique to each person, as far as I know he never explained the lyrics.

    A popular belief is this piece was inspired as was “Dawn's Highway”, Peace Frog" and "Ghost Song" by a car accident in the desert when Jim Morrison was four years old, and his family was on the way to New Mexico. A family of Native Americans were injured and possibly killed. Morrison was quoted as saying: "The souls of the ghosts of those dead Indians... were just running around freaking out, and just leaped into my soul. And they're still in there." This scene is portrayed at the beginning of Oliver Stone's movie The Doors. Morrison believed the incident to be the most formative event in his life and made repeated references to it in the imagery in his songs, poems, and interviews.

    My interpretation is simplistic like the lyrics, I believe when Jim sings “That I meet in the summer.
    Indian Summer.” He’s simply referring to southern California and the spiritual feeling he got from the desert and it gifts, for example “peyote”.
    I don’t discount his Love for Pam, for sure “Queen of the highway” was more a ballad about Pam, it’s the 3 rd song on side 2 “Morrison Hotel”…

    Jim (The Lizard King) Morrison is gone, but certainly not forgotten. Nearly 40 tears have passed and his music is still completely relevant.
    BubbaBlackJackon August 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's weird how a song with only a couple of lines can say so much.
    lovelylover21on November 18, 2010   Link
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    General CommentMy wife and I enjoy this very melodic tune. Very simple, very sweet.
    Shane-92on April 11, 2004   Link
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    General Commentacuarella, indian summer from what i know is a period following the autumnal equinox where the temperature reaches 70 degrees or higher for seven consecutive days. i truly feel this is a period of mystical proportions. it also applys to late blooming of plants which often times occurs during an Indian Summer. Maybe this song is about an old flame which returns after a period of time as a suprise, unexpected and overwhelming.
    Dornanon December 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentJim Morrison has such a haunting yet soothing voice. It has been many years since I listened to The Doors, but now that I'm moving into a place I plan to stay for many years I hope to create a great listening experience in my home. Thus, I've already begun ordering albums and am in the process of researching audio companies that can give me the best bang for my buck when I put on a song like "Indian Summer". So far I'm just in the beginning stages of research,but if one has an opinion on a company like 4electronicwarehouse.com/brands/…">niles audio or similar please feel free to inform me.

    Morrison Hotel was a great album. I think this song speaks of that moment when something great, whether summer, time spent with a loved one, or a wonderful conversation with a new acquaintance lasts a bit longer than originally expected. This unexpected good fortune often forms fond memories, and I'm guessing Jim was doing some reminiscing on one of these times in his life.
    wonderallon October 31, 2011   Link
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    General CommentMy wife and I enjoy this very melodic tune. Very simple, very sweet.
    Shane-92on April 11, 2004   Link

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