End Of The Night

Album: The Doors (1967)

Songfacts®:

  • This is a "confession" of Jim Morrison's aims in life. To the end of the night was his aim through many ways of speeding up death, a kind of death through hallucinations and visions into other worlds (drugs). He was trying to get somewhere nobody had ever been before, a place of complete peace. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Scarlett - Winchester, England
  • The title and some of the lyrics were inspired by the 1932 French novel Journey To The End Of The Night by Louis-Ferdinand Celine.
  • The lyrics:

    Realms of bliss, realms of light
    Some are born to sweet delight
    Some are born to sweet delight
    Some are born to the endless night


    Are taken almost verbatim from the poem Auguries Of Innocence by William Blake, which includes the passage:

    Every morn and every night
    Some are born to sweet delight

    Some are born to sweet delight
    Some are born to endless night


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    Suggestion credit:
    Max - Geneva, IL
  • This helped The Doors get a record deal. They included it on a demo they made for Aura Records in 1965. It didn't get them signed, but they landed a deal with Electra two years later.
  • This was released as the B-side of The Doors first single, "Break On Through (To The Other Side)."

Comments: 16

  • Gail from Laurel Canyon Jim was a genius and I believe his brain was possessed by many of the indian spirits he encountered as a child. Love you Jim. I know that you are still wandering this Earth.
  • Glen from DcI disagree that Jim was trying to speed up death. This is a very simple song. It’s about how some people go through life without a single care and never have a bad thing happen and never want for anything (“some are born to sweet delight”), all through sheer luck, and how others - through no fault of their own - are continuously challenged with adversity and obstacles at seemingly every turn (“some are born to the endless night.”) I think Jim believed he was in the second category, from his childhood of being a military brat and moving all over the place with no roots and no home, to his college years of wanting to be a film maker and not having his father’s support, to his estrangement from his family, all of which caused him a lot of pain. Even being in a band was an accident and not something he really planned at the outset. What he wanted more than anything else was to be a writer and to be accepted as such. This is one of the Doors’ most underrated, brilliant, and poignant songs.
  • Jimmy Crackcorn from San DiegoNietzsche writes in thus spake zarathustra about the "bright midnight," so not only does Jim quote Blake - referring to Céline - he echoes Nietzsche too. F--king genius! Morrison was a smart guy.
  • Valerie from Eureka, CaWhat is great about the Doors is they were not the run of the mill bubblegum pop band. Many of their songs had borrowed lyrics from poets, plays and such....the same as Alvin Lee from 10 Years After eating banana flavored yogurt....everything I like and everything I know, I learned from rock musicians.....
  • Nady from Adelaide, AustraliaThis song is almost trance-like. It's so beautiful.
  • Jake from Baltimore, MdAmazing song that makes you think. It is one of my favorites. P.S. The comment T"he line, "Realms of bliss, realms of light, some are borne to sweet delight, some are borne to sweet delight, some are borne to the endless night." is taken almost verbatim from the poem Auguries Of Innocence by William Blake." Well i looked up the poem and it is verbatim but only "some are borne to sweet delight, some are borne to sweet delight, some are borne to the endless night."
  • Eric from MaastrichtBeautiful!!
  • Andrew from Adelaide, AustraliaThis one of the most poetic songs of The doors career. I think it basically derives from the book "Journey to the end of the night" like Micheal so kindly pointed out. But it's meaning i think is about living on the edge all the time. Instead of just on weekends.

  • Musicmama from New York, NyThis is the only Doors song I really like.
  • Only1out10livestr8 from In Your Uterus..., United StatesThe human brain can create everything, if this is real or an illusion is up to the person carrying the brain...
  • Michael from Jacksonvillw, FlRead Celine's "Journey to the End of the Night" It is a French classic about "Breaking through to the other side of Life." Blake's "Auguries of Innocence" is also another must read for any body, not just Doors fans.
  • Mitch from Vicksburg, MiJim had always performed the line, "Take the highway to the end of the night" as "Take a trip to the end of the night" before this song was recorded in the studio.
  • Lee from Los Angeles, CaI was driving cross country, and at about 6 AM I could see the dawn break over the Nebraska flat horizon as I headed east, then this song came on my CD player. I almost fell out of my chair, because I was literally taking the highway to the edge of the night
  • Larry from Newton, NcI can remember listening to this song many times as a teenager when I would be driving home from my girlfriend's house late at night. I recall many of those drives were when the moon and stars were especially bright thus the line about "bright midnight" always made perfect sense to me.
    This is a very moving and poignant masterpiece.
  • K from Lbi, Njthis song wa also inspired by a william blake poem called "Auguries of Innocence", which contains the lyrics
    Some are born to sweet delight,
    Some are born to endless night.
  • Adrian from Wilmington, DeA very eerie and slow tune, contrast to most of the other numbers on the album. A nice departure Jim takes us on.
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