L.A. Woman (song)

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"L.A. Woman"
Song by the Doors
from the album L.A. Woman
ReleasedApril 1971
RecordedDecember 1970 – January 1971
GenreRock, blues rock
Length7:49 (original version)
7:59 (40th anniversary edit)
LabelElektra
Songwriter(s)Jim Morrison
Producer(s)The Doors
Bruce Botnick

"L.A. Woman" is a song by American rock band the Doors. The song is the title track on their 1971 album L.A. Woman, the final album to feature Jim Morrison before his death on 3 July 1971.

In the song's bridge, Morrison repeats the phrase "Mr. Mojo Risin'," which is an anagram of "Jim Morrison".[1]

The phrase "city of night" that Morrison repeats several times throughout the song is the title of a novel by John Rechy, originally published in 1963. Morrison was a fan of the novel and had a track record of incorporating novel titles, fragments and lines from the poetry of others into his lyrics, such as Journey to the End of the Night, Not to Touch the Earth, and Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me.

The song was recorded at The Doors Workshop on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, between December 1970 and January 1971. Morrison recorded his vocal part in the bathroom of the makeshift studio due to the room's natural reverb. Marc Benno was a second guitarist on the session; Jerry Scheff played electric bass guitar.

LA Weekly named it No.1 on their list of the 20 best songs about the city of Los Angeles [2]. The 40th Anniversary edition of the album version begins with a guitar riff of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee."

Video[edit]

In 1985, fourteen years after Morrison's death, Ray Manzarek directed and Rick Schmidlin produced a music video for the song. It was aired on MTV and included in the Doors film Dance on Fire.

Lyrics[edit]

Morrison's handwritten original lyrics to 1971's LA Woman.

A yellow sheet of lined A4 paper with the lyrics of "L.A. Woman" written by Jim Morrison, was auctioned in Berkshire, UK for £13,000 on Aug 4, 2009.[3]

Personnel[edit]

The Doors

Additional musicians

Later covers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mr Mojo Risin'". BBC Radio 2. British Broadcasting Corporation. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  2. ^ "The 20 Best Songs Ever Written About L.A." LA Weekly. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Jim Morrison's lyrics open The Doors at auction for $200,700". Paulfrasercollectibles.com. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  4. ^ Johnny Loftus. "Charmed Life - Billy Idol | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-04-09.

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