Horse Latitudes

Album: Strange Days (1967)

Songfacts®:

  • Horse latitudes are ocean regions between 30° and 35° latitude which tend to contain calm waters and light winds.
  • 18th Century sailors would throw horses overboard when they sailed into these "horse latitudes" in order to lighten the load and conserve food and water.
  • Jim Morrison wrote the poem that became the lyrics when he was in high school and saw a paperback cover of horses being thrown off a boat.
  • Some of the odd sound effects were created by dropping a coke bottle in a garbage can, beating coconut shells on a tile floor, and having people scream in a studio.

Comments: 8

  • Nady from Adelaide, Australiaits such an intence piece of poetry. i.ve got it on dvd live at the hollywood bowl in 1968, its extraordinary
  • Michael from Jacksonvillw, FlBest poem Jim ever wrote.
  • Madison from Norway, MeThis is the saddest song I have ever heard. The visuals this song conjures up are distubing to say the least. I can't even listen to it anymore.
  • Andrew from Adelaide, AustraliaThis one of the first poems that Morrison ever wrote. It instills a deep fear of drowning and a love of nature.
  • Christina from Baltimore, MdJim was a very profound writer and til' now, I had NO IDEA this was taken from a "Nostradamus prophecy"...that makes it even COOLER! Some complex writing there...LONG LIVE MORRISON!
  • Ashley from Moncton, CanadaThis has some amazing poetry in it. A lot of what Jim Morrison wrote inspires my writing, actually.
  • Elanor from Zagreb, MoOne of the first Jim's poems ever written.
  • Loretta from Liverpool, Englandthe first part is from a nostradamus prophecy
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