Twentieth Century Fox

Album: The Doors (1967)
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  • Well, she's fashionably lean
    And she's fashionably late
    She'll never wreck a scene
    She'll never break a date
    But she's no drag
    Just watch the way she walks

    She's a twentieth century fox
    She's a twentieth century fox
    No tears, no fears
    No ruined years, no clocks
    She's a twentieth century fox, oh yeah

    She's the queen of cool
    And she's the lady who waits
    Sent to manless school
    It never hesitates
    She won't waste time
    On elementary talk

    'Cause she's a twentieth century fox
    She's a twentieth century fox
    Got the world locked up
    Inside a plastic box
    She's a twentieth century fox, oh yeah
    Twentieth century fox, oh yeah
    Twentieth century fox
    She's a twentieth century fox Writer/s: James Morrison, John Densmore, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger
    Publisher: Doors Music Company, O/B/O CAPASSO
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Comments: 19

  • Jomo94definitely about pam - fashionably lean, since her mind left school it never hesitates.. pam hated school... this is about her I will eat my boot if not
  • Flo from Nambucca HeadsJohn from Fargo must be a member of the Flat Earth Society to come up with his “theory” about the connection between “Got the world locked up inside a plastic box” and the pill.
    People who “know” what various songs mean without any valid reasons or, god forbid, evidence are sad boring t--ts who really should get a life.
  • Grace from Argentina"Sent to manless school" doesn't seem to have much sense...because: what is it what "never hesitates" then? That "It" of the following line would be needing an appropriate antecedent.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn August 19, 1967, Freddy Cannon performed his covered version of the Doors' "Twentieth Century Fox'" on the Dick Clark ABC-TV Saturday-afternoon program 'American Bandstand'...
    His version did not make Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart...
    And on the day of his appearance on 'Bandstand', the Doors' "Light My Fire"* was at #2, the week before it was in it's third of three weeks at #1 on the Top 100...
    It would be fourteen years before Freddy had another Top 100 record, on September 20th, 1981 his duet with the Belmonts, "Let's Put the Fun Back in Rock 'n Roll", entered the chart at #89, and would peak at #81...
    Mr. Cannon, born Frederick Anthony Picariello Jr., will celebrate his 81st birthday this coming December 4th {2017}...
    * Personal note, have great affection for "Light My Fire", it was at #1 on July 31st, 1967, the day I was discharged from the U.S. Navy.
  • John from Fargo, NdI am not old enough that I should even get this but as Everyone seems to have missed it I am going to take a shot at it.
    "Got the world locked up inside a plastic box"
    Seems pretty obvious to me that he is talking about the fact that birth control pills.... Which gave women the ability to be promiscuous without the risk of an unwanted pregnancy...... And came in a plastic box. DUH. ... Gave a woman control over her life in many ways which did not previously exist.
    You could sleep your way to the top as it were and make plenty of mistakes on the way. I find it difficult to believe that no one else has made this incredibly obvious connection..... I was four years old when this song was released and probably did not really "hear it" so to speak for 26 years after that.
  • Chris from Sacramento, CaI was felt this song was about Marilyn Monroe. She was contracted with twentieth century fox production co. and she did drop out of school.
  • G from Warwick, RiThe 1989 cover by Pandora's Box has the debated line as "Since his mind left school" (gender changed, as cover was sung by female artist). Maybe that's the line?
  • Dusty from St. Louis, MoThis song can be used to describe the true, but unfortunate reality that most 21st century Americans (United States) are dumb, fat, lazy, materialistic, and superficial. It's a horrible reality. This is not the America I think of. If you go back in time, why were the Revolutionaries fighting? For plastic surgery? The Founding Fathers, and the eighteenth century Americans were hardcore and tough. So were the 1900's. Ever since the 80's, really, we became superficial and materialistic. There are people suing for pointless reasons, and getting huge payouts. And then you have the "safety" of our children. There can be no violence, swearing or anything anywhere. Whatever happened to freedom of speech, press, and religion? They try and quarantine us, the youth, into safety bubbles. It's not going to work, and it's stupid and pointless. I play lawn darts. Whatever happened to those? My dad loved them. But, the safety bubble came. Not sure how this started, but thanks for reading my whole rant. I have more, too. Just email me.
  • Josh from Bemidji, Mnthe line is: since her mind left school.
  • San from San Fransisco, Ca20th Century Fox is a term meaning "attractive woman". Thats why Jim Morrison likely wrote this song for his girlfriend Pamela Courson.
  • Anthony from Orange, CaI honestly thought and had no doubt about the line being "She sets her mind on school." Maybe it was the title 20th Century Fox that lead me to think that the woman or women in general that the song is about are these new women becoming independent like never before: beautiful, smart, and of strong character...that's what the song has meant to me anyway.
  • Matthew from Los Angeles, CaThis song is definetely about Pamela Courson. It describes her extremely well. You don't believe me? Just read Angels Dance and Angels Die.
  • Douglas from Melbourne, FlL.A.'s materialistic women, are the basis for this song.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScI thought that line was "Since her man left school."
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaCody, I think it was a little of both. Chad, I agree, that's what I heard too. I also heard that the company 20th century fox wanted to sue them! How is this about the dangers of money?
  • Calum from Edinburgh, ScotlandRe 'sent to manless school' I thought it was 'since her mind left school'
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, Scevery thme I hear the line "Got the world locked up inside a plastic box" I think of barby. I don't know why. I just do. Btw, I thought the line "sent to manless school' was "sense her man left school," whch obviously wouldn't make sense. I don't know where I got that from.
  • Cody from Ashland, Oh21st Century Doors was NOT a play off of this song, that would be way too hoaky for them. They called themselves that because it is the 21st Century now, and they are almost all that is left of The Doors. And yes, song was written about Pam.
  • Chad from Orlando, FlSaid to have been written about Jim's love, Pamela
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