Waiting For The Sun

Album: Morrison Hotel (1970)

Songfacts®:

  • "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.

Comments: 37

  • AnonymousDefinitely started with a B and ended with ana
  • AnonymousSounds like Bacchana to me. Makes sense Stegokitty. The Lizard King LOVED his alcohol.
  • Virgodog58 from UkAs Henry VIII may have said at one point: "This is the strangest wife I've ever known!"
  • Stegokitty from Rhode IslandThis is one of my favourite Doors songs. And like some others in this thread, I've often wondered what Jim says after "Yeah!" (around the 2:50-ish time). I used to fill in the blank with "That's enough", but of course that doesn't make sense, and upon closer listening it's definitely not that at all. Another person suggested "Echale" (which apparently means "c'mon" in Spanish) which I can, kind of, hear, only I believe there's a definite consonant at the beginning of whatever he is saying. Another person suggested "Shabbat Shalom" ... Just not hearing that at all. However, while sitting and listening to it over and over, it sounds a LITTLE like "Bacchanal!" which means "drunken revelry" and is certainly something with which Mr Morrison was quite familiar, AND would make a little sense, if this song is about being disappointed with life. What do people do when they're sad? They often drink a heck of a lot more than usual, and that often lead to some sort of debauchery. However, it sounds as if he's pronouncing the "ch" as in "chocolate" rather than as in "Bach". I could be totally wrong (but I'm a dancin' foooooooool). Just thought I'd throw that out there, because I'm planning on doing a cover of this song, and it'd be good to know what I should call out when the time comes ;)
  • Guevara from TexasAt 252: after this is the strangest life I've ever known it says Echale! It means c'mon in Spanish
  • Robert from Des PlainesI play it in the middle of the Waiting For the Sun album. It sounds much better there among friends.
  • Steve from UsaI 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"
  • Jake from Burke, VaIt 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.
  • Rara from Los Angeles, CaWaiting 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.
  • Bob Minelli from Milwaukee, WiThe 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 from Milwaukee, WiAt 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)
  • Robert from Los Angeles, CaHello 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.
  • Eric from Maastricht, NetherlandsI 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.
  • Kevin from Ocean Grove, Afghanistanyou're right "the strangest life i've ever known" is my favorite quote it gives me chills
  • James from Bathurst, AustraliaI love the way it goes from mellow to the couple of bars of kind of heavy then mellow again.
  • Barry from New York, NcThis 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.
  • Rick from Lancaster, OhTo 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.
  • Joeywalnuts from Miami, Flthis has to be one of the better songs the doors had but definitely not the best
  • Peter Griffin from Quahog, RiWho is this Creeger person? I have never heard of this Creeger. I've only heard of KRIEGER.
  • Adam from Riverside, CaI 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!
  • Eric from MaastrichtCreeger?
  • Dubravko from Kakanj, BosniaMy 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.)
  • Shannan from Wilmington, DeI 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.
  • Joel from Columbia, ScThe Doors actually got their name from an Aldus Huxly novel.
  • Nadine from Riverside, CaOne of my top three Doors songs (the other two being The Unknown Soldier and The Soft Parade). Love it.
  • Jim from Nokomis, IlThe 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 songs
  • Tim from Washington, DcJonathon... try listening to something besides a Doors best-of CD, then get back to us.
  • Jonathon from Clermont, FlThis 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)".
  • Wil from Milwaukee, WiThis 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!" ????
  • Joey from Tampa, FlDouglas 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 produced
  • Douglas from Melbourne, FlVery advanced indeed, but what Doors songs were'nt?
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScGreat slidework by Robbie Creeger.
  • Ayla from Edmonton, CanadaThis 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.
  • Robert from Puyallup, Wa"This is the strangest life I've ever known".

    One of the best lyrics ever about disillusionment and despair.
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScHey bryan. I know what you mean. It's a great song1
  • Jon from Sydney, Australiathis is the best doors song people! such a hard song and so advanced for its time
  • Brian from Paoli, InI really love this song, most people have never heard it.
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