The Crystal Ship

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"The Crystal Ship"
Single by The Doors
from the album The Doors
A-side "Light My Fire"
Released April 1967
Format Vinyl
Recorded August 1966
Genre Psychedelic rock
Length 2:30
Label Elektra
Writer(s) The Doors
Producer(s) The Doors
Paul A. Rothchild
The Doors singles chronology
"Break On Through (To the Other Side)"
(1967)
"Light My Fire"/The Crystal Ship
(1967)
"People Are Strange"
(1967)

"The Crystal Ship" is a song by The Doors from their 1967 debut album The Doors. It was also the B-side of the number-one hit single "Light My Fire". According to Doors drummer John Densmore it was a love song to Jim Morrison's former girlfriend, Mary Werbelow.[1]

It has been suggested that the inspiration for the "crystal ship" image refers to Platform Holly, an oil rig off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, which glitters like a crystal ship when lit up at night and Jim Morrison was inspired by it one night on the beach.

Personnel[edit]

References and appearances[edit]

  • During the '70s and early '80s, there was a Doors cover band from New Jersey called The Crystal Ship.
  • In the Dead Milkmen song "Bitchin' Camaro" from the 1985 album Big Lizard in My Backyard, "Crystal Shit" is the name of a Doors cover band.
  • The song also appeared in the 1989 film True Believer starring James Woods and Robert Downey, Jr.
  • Japanese psychedelic rock band Suishou no Fune's name translates to "Crystal Ship".
  • In the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the radio DJ Tommy 'Nightmare' Smith (voiced by Guns N' Roses lead singer Axl Rose) states that he used to be in a band called Crystal Ship.
  • In the TV show Malcolm in the Middle season 5 episode 9 "Dirty Magazine", the high school literary magazine is titled The Crystal Ship.
  • The fourteenth episode of season 2 of Supernatural, "Born Under a Bad Sign", uses the song in a particularly dark setting.
  • The TV show Breaking Bad references the song in the second episode of season 5, "Madrigal", when Jesse Pinkman refers to his and Walter White's Crystal Methamphetamine Lab Recreational Vehicle as "The Crystal Ship", a name that Pinkman christened himself.

Notable covers[edit]

Lyrics[edit]

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

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Farley, Robert (September 25, 2005). "Mary and the lyrics". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 

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