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Waiting For The Sun by The Doors

Album: Morrison HotelReleased: 1970
  • "Waiting For The Sun" is the title of The Doors third album, and they tried to record it in those sessions, but didn't like how it came out. They brought it back 2 years later for their fifth album, Morrison Hotel.
  • This is about the quest for the American Dream, which is never attained.
  • Barney Hoskyns used this as the title of a book about the music scene in Los Angeles.
  • After their fourth album, The Soft Parade, was criticized for being too commercial, The Doors returned to their roots on this, which resulted in more simple songs based on The Blues.
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Comments: 32

I play it in the middle of the Waiting For the Sun album. It sounds much better there among friends.Robert - Des Plaines
I have listen to this song probably since the late 60's
At about 2:50(time on the track) Morrison screams and
and says ( I think with 100% confidence)
"Shabbat Shalom"

I thought that was strange
as Morrison would say "People are Strange"
Steve - Usa
It seems like one of those wartime songs to me, and it's understandable since it came out in the Vietnam era, along with a lot of other similar songs.Jake - Burke, Va
Waiting in the sun,jim said was him imagining a future moment,when a man who once could of easily been called a love hero,deliberately soughts to destroy past memories though he loved her very deeply,so he goes to the coast to a town she was hidden in and takes up with other girls who live there,they walk in false love and look at the ocean,the man then finds his former love,the one he seeks to hurt and with one of the other women he fantisizes is some one long dead humiliates his true love by announcing an engagment to the other girl infront of the girl he once loved to hurt her as he lost her ,william blakes book innocence and experience let him realise his dishonour as a now fallen love hero.Rara - Los Angeles, Ca
The lyrics can be attributed with the coming of what earth is to prepare for...yeah? (Planet X....Elenin....Nibiru...Dwarf Star...youtube it)Bob Minelli - Milwaukee, Wi
At first flash of Eden, we race down to the sea.
Standing there on Freedom's Shore.
Waiting for the Sun (3x)
Can you feel it now that spring has come.
And it's time to live in the scattered sun.
Waiting for the Sun (3x, pause, again slower)
Waiting.... Waiting.... Waiting.... Waiting.... (2x)
Waiting for you to - come along
Waiting for you to - hear my song
Waiting for you to - come along
Waiting for you to - tell me what went wrong
This is the strangest life I've ever known.
YEAH! (Riff 8x)
Can you feel it now that spring has come.
And it's time to live in the scattered sun.
Waiting for the Sun (3x)
Waiting... for... the suuuuun. (Riff 2x)
Bob Minelli - Milwaukee, Wi
Hello all. Regarding the source of the band's name, its important to remember that even though they cite Huxley and his book "The Doors of perception", the author was quoting Blake's, "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell". Thus, the actual source of the band name is in fact Blake, not Huxley.Robert - Los Angeles, Ca
I went to Pere Lachaise last April and when through the enormous trees on this beautiful cemetery i found Jim's gravestone again, after all these years. Some Brazilian fans where sitting next to it playing this beautiful song when the sun came through the trees shining on us and the grave. I was completely taken by that moment, which did not last long since the caretaker showed up and ordered us to switch off the radio, threatening these guys with calling the police. That's why I'll never forget this song.Eric - Maastricht, Netherlands
you're right "the strangest life i've ever known" is my favorite quote it gives me chillsKevin - Ocean Grove, Afghanistan
I love the way it goes from mellow to the couple of bars of kind of heavy then mellow again.James - Bathurst, Australia
This song was recorded during the WAITING FOR THE SUN album sessions in winter/spring 1968. Some overdubs including an early moog synthesizer part was probably added at a later session.Barry - New York, Nc
To Joel in Columbia, SC:

I have read that, too, but my memory from 1967 is that Morrison took it from a poem William Blake: "Songs of Innocence and Experience." The line goes like this: "There are things known and there are things unknown and in between there are doors."

A LIFE magazine article at the time said that Morrison loved looking through those doors, and it mentioned Blake's poem.

Hmm... Just read a bit on the Web that said Huxley was influenced by Blake and that Morrison took the name from Huxley.

Just checked www.thedoors.com, the official Web site, and it agrees with you, Joel.

When I'm wrong, I'm wrong.

Good work, Joel.
Rick - Lancaster, Oh
this has to be one of the better songs the doors had but definitely not the bestJoeywalnuts - Miami, Fl
Who is this Creeger person? I have never heard of this Creeger. I've only heard of KRIEGER.Peter Griffin - Quahog, Ri
I just wanted to give a birthday shout out to robbie creeger which was yesterday and say you doors used to rock and robbie used to date my aunt in high school and i think thats pretty funny!Adam - Riverside, Ca
Creeger?Eric - Maastricht
My favourite Doors song. I always go crazy when I hear it (like "Child In Time"). --What does he say before the last riff and after he screams?
Sounds like "Da èujem!" - let me hear you(transl.)
Dubravko - Kakanj, Bosnia
I think all of The Doors' albums are great. Jim Morrison is a blues rock singer and poet. Waiting For The Sun is great. Love the Doors forever.Shannan - Wilmington, De
The Doors actually got their name from an Aldus Huxly novel.Joel - Columbia, Sc
One of my top three Doors songs (the other two being The Unknown Soldier and The Soft Parade). Love it.Nadine - Riverside, Ca
The Doors and Jim Morrison had ALOT of great stuff that few people (mostly doors fan) have heard. Case in point "Waiting For The Sun, The Soft Parade, Your A Lost Little Girl, Unhappy Girl, Do It, Love Hides, Build Me A Woman." All great songsJim - Nokomis, Il
Jonathon... try listening to something besides a Doors best-of CD, then get back to us.Tim - Washington, Dc
This is one of their most underrated songs, but I don't know about their best song. I'd have to go with "Riders On The Storm" for that one, but other hopefuls would include "Light My Fire", "People Are Strange", "Hello, I Love You" and "Break On Through (To The Other Side)".Jonathon - Clermont, Fl
This is my favorite Doors song, and I have been listening to them since their rather humble beginnings in '66. To say that one song or another is an artist's "greatest" is simply a matter of personal opinion or preference. I disagree with the opinion of "The Soft Parade" being too commercial of an album. How commercial is a lyric "You cannot petition the Lord with Prayer!" ????Wil - Milwaukee, Wi
Douglas I agree w/ you. I would consider most of The Doors' work more before it's time than some of The Beatles work. If any disagree please post. Stefanie, it's Robby Krieger. I also agree w/ Robert, great lyric. But I do not agree w/ Jon, I & i'm very sure many other serious Doors fans would never call this song the greatest song The Doors ever producedJoey - Tampa, Fl
Very advanced indeed, but what Doors songs were'nt?Douglas - Melbourne, Fl
Great slidework by Robbie Creeger.Stefanie - Rock Hill, Sc
This song has so much power. The only way to listen to it, is to turn the music up really loud and close your eyes.
"Waiting, Waiting, Waiting, Waiting, Waiting, Waiting, waiting, waiting, Waiting... waiting for you to ... come along... waiting for you to ... hear my song ... waiting for you to ... come along ... waiting for you to tell me what went wrong." Yup I love this one.
Ayla - Edmonton, Canada
"This is the strangest life I've ever known".

One of the best lyrics ever about disillusionment and despair.
Robert - Puyallup, Wa
Hey bryan. I know what you mean. It's a great song1Stefanie Magura - Rock Hill, Sc
this is the best doors song people! such a hard song and so advanced for its timeJon - Sydney, Australia
I really love this song, most people have never heard it.Brian - Paoli, In
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