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.
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.