Horse Latitudes (song)
|Song by The Doors|
|from the album Strange Days|
|Released||September 25, 1967|
|Genre||Psychedelic rock, spoken word, avant-garde|
|Songwriter(s)||Jim Morrison (but credited to The Doors)|
|Producer(s)||Paul A. Rothchild|
"Horse Latitudes" is the fifth song from The Doors second album, Strange Days. The song is a spoken word piece by Jim Morrison with the band providing incoherent noises as a backdrop. Morrison speaks the lyrics, telling of a ship at sea forced to jettison the onboard horses to lighten its load. The words are taken from one of the first poems Jim Morrison wrote, inspired by a book cover he saw at a local bookstore as a child.
Keyboardist Ray Manzarek mentions in his book Light My Fire he never believed Morrison wrote "Horse Latitudes" at such a young age, claiming the words were "too mature".
This song often segued into "Moonlight Drive", or vice versa, which follows it on the album.
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