The Doors: Peace Frog Meaning
Peace Frog Lyrics
Blood in the streets, it's up to my knee
Blood in the streets in the town of Chicago
Blood on the rise, it's following me
Think about the break of day
presence76 Nov 28th, 2005 11:20am report
Yes, the middle section about “Indians scattered” is about the accident Morrison witnessed as a child.
As to the meanings of “blood in the streets in the town of …..”
1)Chicago – this is a reference to the 1968 Democratic National Convention – held in Chicago where there was massive rioting.
2) New Haven – Morrison was arrested on stage here in 1967
There are several poems here. One is the “Blood in the streets……”. The second one is the “she came, she same, she came to town and then she drove away sunlight in her hair” – according to Densmore, the two poems were put together while they were in the studio working on this song. The other poem would be the middle section reference talked about earlier “indians scattered…..”
The general flavor of the song is quite paranoid and dark. “Blood on the rise, it’s following me”. To me, this is probably a reflection of Morrison not being able to handle his massive celebrity. It is brutally ironic as this was what he had wanted and felt he was destined for. This was released in 1970, so by that time his celebrity was massive and for the most part unwanted. From everything I have read – he both loved and loathed his own celebrity. In the end, pardon the pun, it seems like the weight of hatred was too heavy which led to his self destruction – although the seeds of that self destruction were probably sown many years earlier. Very sad.
A great song lyrically – definitely an introspection to Morrison’s mind at the time.
Musically? Well, if you listen to the opening guitar riff and change the station, you should be banished to deafness for the rest of your life.
anonymous Apr 9th, 4:53pm report
I think it's about vietnam personally because the blood in many cities across the US shows nowhere escaped the horrors of war and the fact that he says the blood is following him means that men from everywhere were dying. Also when it says "the women are criyin rivers of weeping" it means that the widows of dead soldiers were devastated by the death of their husbands or the female family members left behind were devastated by the death of their family member. The terrible summer could suggest the fun of summer is tainted by the war and the bit where it says "she came in town and drove away" could mean that people came to the home town for a funeral.
anonymous Jun 6th, 2012 6:56am report
The idea that Morrison slept with a lot of virgins is unlikely. Groupies and any woman that Hung around the LA club scene to the extent to hill up with Morrison probably wasn't a virgin. Could it happen, yes? Frequently or a lot, no. The same is true with a girl who would get back stage when the Doors toured the US.
anonymous Jul 21st, 2011 7:37am report
"Yeah, the river runs red down the legs of a city."
In my opinion this is an explicit reference to the rupturing of a young woman's hymen. In the book, 'No One Here Gets Out Alive', it is mentioned that he frequently had sex with young women. Presumably the cities and towns he mentions in the song refer to places he has actually been while touring with the Doors. It is a straight forward assumption that he had sex with numerous groupies, who being very young were probably virgins. Doubtless, he over exaggerates the enormous quantity of bleeding he caused, but nevertheless it probably reflects his own personal sexual experiences. Moreover, he also appears to express some remorse for his actions.
"Blood in the streets runs a river of sadness."
"The women are crying red rivers of weepin"
There may be another sexual reference.
This line is repeated numerous times throughout the song. It's more debatable as to whether or not one of his sexual encounters actually ejaculated. Although it is clear that women have hymen and that these often do rupture and bleed during sex, there is no scientific basis for the notion that women can ejaculate during sex. They simply do not have a secretory organ that serves this purpose. Nevertheless, it is a common belief that they do, and this suggestion may also have been intentional.
Two other lines worth mentioning.
"Indians scattered on dawn's highway bleeding.
Ghosts crowd the young child's fragile eggshell mind."
According to the biography, Jim Morrison witnessed a terrible automobile accident when he was still a boy. A truck carrying native American Indians overturned, and he saw them lying on the road bleeding. According to his own account, he felt that the Indian's ghosts were trying to enter his mind. Perhaps feeling some remorse for his sexual misconduct, Morrison suggests that his actions may not be his fault, as spirits possessing him may have provoked his actions.
anonymous Jul 20th, 2011 7:55pm report
"Indians scattered on dawn's highway bleeding. Ghosts crowd the young child's fragile eggshell mind."
I read 'No One Here Gets Out Alive' many years ago. The above lines describe a personal experience Jim had during his youth. He witnessed an accident involving a truck carrying native American Indians. He imagined that their ghosts where trying to enter his mind.
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anonymous Oct 31st, 2007 10:51pm report
It also ties to riders on the storm. The background behind that song is similar.
anonymous Apr 10th, 2007 4:34pm report
I would like to add to the existing interpretations, the fact that the song seems to have undertones of the first sexual intercourse of a woman, that is, the hymen breaking.
This is particularly evident in the line "blood is the rose of mysterious union"
Most of this song, mainly the bloody images ('there's blood in the street it's up to my ankles') came from poetry by Jim Morrison.
The lines 'Indian scattered on dawns highway bleeding/ghosts crowd the young childs fragile eggshell mind' refer to an episode in Morrison's childhood which would have an enormous impact on his life. As a young child, he and his family were driving through the desert when they came across a car accident that had killed several Native Americans. In 'Dawn's Highway' in An American Prayer, he says;
'The souls of those dead Indians... were just running around freaking out, and just leapt into my soul. And they're still in there.'
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