Runnin' Blue

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"Runnin' Blue"
Single by The Doors
from the album The Soft Parade
B-side "Do It"
Released 25 November 1969
Format 7"
Recorded 1969
Genre Rock
Length 2:33
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Robby Krieger
Producer(s) Paul Rothchild
The Doors singles chronology
"Tell All the People"
(1969)
"Runnin' Blue"
(1969)
"You Make Me Real"/ "Roadhouse Blues"
(1970)
The Soft Parade track listing
"Wild Child"
(6)
"Runnin' Blue"
(7)
"Wishful Sinful"
(8)

"Runnin' Blue" is a song written by guitarist Robby Krieger and performed by The Doors. It was the A-side backed with "Do It" and was released in November 1969. It was the fourth single from The Doors' album The Soft Parade. The song peaked at No. 64 on Billboard magazine's Pop Singles chart.

Robby Krieger shares vocals with Jim Morrison for the chorus of the track, one of the few songs with this feature.

It is also notable for Jim Morrison's introduction, a tribute to the then recently deceased Otis Redding:

Poor Otis, dead and gone
Left me here to sing his song
Pretty little girl with the red dress on
Poor Otis, dead and gone

The lyrics and melody includes an a cappella introduction taken from a Lead Belly track entitled Po' Howard (or Poor Howard on some compilations) where Morrison replaced the name 'Howard' with 'Otis'. Sometimes this introduction was played at the end of another Doors' song, "When the Music's Over". There are other lyrical references to Otis Redding's song "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" throughout the song.

Notable bluegrass musician Jesse McReynolds plays the mandolin in this song.