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Song Released: 1967


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You know the day destroys the night
Night divides the day
Tried to run
Tried to hide
Break on through to the other side
Break on through to the other side
Break on through to the other side, yeah

We chased our pleasures here
Dug our...

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    anonymous
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    Dec 27th, 2005 12:16pm report


    This song is about breaking through the "doors of perception"- what you see and think to be real, and what really is real- to the "other side", the side of life and everything you've never seen before. This means different things to different people. The gateway could be sex, drugs, or music, or just a personal revelation you have, but at some point in our lives, we have to "break on through to the other side" and find our own version of the truth in life.

    In Jim's case, he broke through the barrier with sex, drugs, and rock'n roll. Maybe not the best way to go, but that's how he widened his own perceptions. And in the end it killed him.

    But in a crazy world, we have to see through the lies and deceptions and find the truth... and break on through to the other side. That's what Jim was probably trying to say.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 2nd, 2007 10:23pm report


    "you know the day destroys the night
    night divides the day
    tried to run
    tried to hide"

    this is just how the song struck me. He is running from truth, (his own form of truth like previously mentioned?), obviously it is something he didn't want to find out, hence why he tried to run from it. The days are bleeding together since he has this knowledge.

    Ill leave that comment there cause I think you read Jims mind.

    "we chased our pleasures here
    dug our treasures there
    but can you still recall
    the time we cried"

    he is remembering the time he had with a certain girl. And specifically a certain time when something bad happened. If we read this in relation to the first lines maybe this girl told him something upsetting. I think maybe she was unfaithful.

    Right man. I think his perception that made him cry. The way he felt by just feeling cause once quoted that feelings are disturbing. Maybe a girl, his father, or just love made him shed tears.

    "I found an island in your arms
    country in your eyes
    arms that chain us
    eyes that lie"

    island and country meaning she had a lot of depth, and substance. But those turned out be wrong, lies.

    Lets just say he felt that all he felt lied to him. I belive he hated his father or both of his parents, it could be the chaining of his thoughts that his parents did to him or that it really was a girl, but wasnt Pamela his first and only girl?

    All in all it must have something to do with love that chained him and then lied or his perception that limited all of his thoughts in mind. Maybe both.

    "made the scene
    week to week
    day to day
    hour to hour
    the gate is straight
    deep and wide
    break on through to the other side"

    he was able to keep up appearances only so long. It was a constant minute by minute fight within himself. Till eventually he broke down and accepted the truth.

    I don't believe he accepted the feeling that his perception did to him. I belive he was a very sensitive human being and showed pain when he was in pain. The scene is the way he acted and accepted pain. Then he just said: "NO MORE!" and then carried it with him like a radio. He woke up because of the pain and then he broke out to the other side.

    Eh, I'm not really good at using fancy words or so. Im only 16 and from Denmark so please don't attack me. :D



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    anonymous
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    Oct 24th, 10:51am report


    I think Morrison is giving us hints about what he knew of the flat earth and the reality of the black hole sun at the center of the dish where what they tell us is the Northern Lights is actually the green astral jet of creation where all souls enter this plane. Its a plate with a hole in the center with a black sun underneath and our sun up top, but we're on the wrong side right now and we need to get on the other side for eternal life. Were in hell folks "Break on through"
    -+



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    anonymous
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    Apr 21st, 2017 4:04pm report


    In my world - opening 2 lines stating a human truth.. day night.. light dark.. eternal mortal.. truth lie. However, after highlighting the 1960' version of Usa Mores, values, Jim seems to state that he and everyone else he can see around him has breached and corrupted them, he highlights his own foibles as microcosm.
    I take from the song that Jim Morrison is saying that from which everside of day night-right wrong-lies truth-wealth poverty-race gender-faith creed whatever our values and core beliefs' we're fucking it up for ourselves by not breaking on to the other side. Break on through to the otherside... see the big picture you thick Bastards.
    Personal note for 16 year old from Denmark - it's not all about you and your first lost love or you and any other personal experience you've had or will have- that's your creative input into the song.. as this is mine.. as you will see in time.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 21st, 2016 7:50pm report


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    anonymous
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    Jul 15th, 2016 7:43am report


    He was killed because this song. He was saying way too much & trying to enlighten us. He realizes how he had to sell his sole to the devil and only after getting there, realizes he wants no part of it. He's speaking of America, the,harlot. Everyone is so blind,oblivious,to what's happening right before our eyes, to busy watching rigged sports instead of how we've literally lost our rights. But it's too late,I'll shut up bc the government will call me a terrorist. He had to word it perfectly and that's how everything we watch,music,tv, it's all controlled. The road is wide to evil, but very narrow to good. You notice how all these iconic musicians are mysteriously dying,the record companies stealing their royalties and the family's rights to it. They make more money off them dead. Michael Jackson was pimped out by his father as a boy,that's why he hated him and lived in paranoia, he didn't want to sing what the record companies demanded, that's why he was scared. He wasn't gay,he wanted to protect those huge little boy stars from being pimped out to the elite. Not to take light from Morrison, but so many like him, Kurt Cobain, Lenin. Poor Lindsay is being pimped out in London, Russians. If you really pay attention and are more aware of what these guys were saying, you'll get it.



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    kooljohn176
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    Jan 1st, 2016 1:43pm report


    Read and heard all of the opinions about this song that are interesting in this great old song by JIM MORRISON and The DOORS that was also on the ''Weird scenes inside the Goldmine'' album that was awesome to influence many to get into it through the doors of perception or illusion if you wanna call it that. With Jim Morrison the poet, politically conservative at that time that loved to do psychedelics when many times in his mind he became the ''symbolic forms'' with the songs to be easily let into ''being possessed by them'' and the music like some kind of a shaman that was abducted by a alien force to brake on through the veil to see the other side of reality that is not so concrete and hard by melting into it to '' Break on through [to the other side]'' Now certain psychedelics could influence this perception, but also without them this is still a enjoyable song to get into by staying positive and persistent to make a breakthrough in life, whatever that is for you to understand yourself better by the experience. It could be as simple as like the first time you broke through by the intercourse with the opposite sex that could make you cry with your loved one to feel the oneness with the universe as a holy and a holistic feeling.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 11th, 2015 8:48pm report


    I think Jim was talking about pain. Pain is the thing we all try to avoid. But pain sticks with you like magnets on a refrigerator.

    I feel Jim knew a thing or two about waking up, awakening. But the dealing with the pain he carried was not 'accepting' it, but to fight it. When you fight pain, you just feed it and it becomes heavier and heavier.

    Pain wants to be felt, experienced. Pain show us the way to a better life, a better world. Accept it.

    The fact is, be happy that you can feel pain. It makes you feel alive.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 4th, 2014 11:30pm report


    It's about possession & the demons trying to break through to our side "The other side"



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    Dora Sue Lance
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    Aug 20th, 2014 8:11am report


    I totally think it's all about religion and LSD maybe for back in them days window pane. One reason being is the way it last how strong it is and individual visuals. Now Jim's visions on this drug was telling him and showing him so many things.. He was telling us get off the drugs (break on thro to the other side) jus saying



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    anonymous
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    May 26th, 2014 5:43pm report


    I read that Jim's flat was a bit of a mess. It had bottles and cans and ashtrays and drug paraphernalia lying about and he hardly ever did the dusting and he did not change his bed linen very often, if at all, so his duvet was pretty much rigid with dirt, ketchup stains and bodily fluids. As we know, Jim was prone to depression and often spent many days in bed without getting up and maybe only rising now and then to write some poetry or something. So I imagine Break on Through is about Jim lying in his bed thinking 'If only I could break out of this stiff, stinky duvet and go down to Venice Beach and hang with the musclemen,' maybe?



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    anonymous
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    May 11th, 2014 5:12pm report


    I personally believe it is about acid. "Breaking on through to the other side" is equivalent to experiencing what is known as "ego death." Look it up. It is an experience where one realizes the boundaries between himself and the universe do not exist. You learn that you ARE the universe. It is an immense experience.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 31st, 2013 7:52am report


    Actually, most of you are totally wrong. Ray Manzarek explained, the song is about breaking through from life to death (the other side). It's a song of transition to the spiritual world. He should know - so do some reading instead of making shit up lol



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    Coulditbe
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    May 31st, 2013 5:56pm report


    Could be about just starting to hallucinate, or trying to get someone not to by telling them to hallucinate, by trying to control the words in their life. The night divides the day are the stripes on a zebra, and how they coincide with how night and day have a place constantly moving on this planet, 24 hours a day. Constantly where there is both a darkness, and the light, beside each other moving around the planet. Break on through also had a thing to do with virginity, and all the forms of breaking flesh. From carnivore teeth to knives and spears and all the forms of going to the other side which is killing and leaving the sunlight side to venture supposedly into the darkness side which is eating meat and killing. And how close they really always are, not only in thought but with the light chasing away the night and the night following behind the day or you could say the night is chasing away the day on the other end of the spectrum.
    Also the argument of who was first, black or white. The day destroying the night which would be interpreted as how white people were and still are interpreted by the anti-racists movement and black. And he is saying that black basically surround the light in another reference to how the argument against the white race evolved during those times, that they will have to bow to certain changes in interpretations of how white will not always get their way. How white and light are destroying and how black or night is surrounding.
    Chasing pleasures and digging treasures and not caring about the repercussions of the land being destroyed, and does anybody care about the planet or just their own pleasures and treasures.
    And how when you break through to hallucinate. Was there a conversation that could have been talked about right before you hallucinated. Was there anything that could have helped others realize instead of the words disappearing before their eyes. I think there was a time when he didn't want people to hallucinate and he was messing with them when he wrote this. He was trying to get them to talk instead of hallucinate, so to have something to write about. Because he can't write your hallucinations down. But he could write about something that you said instead of hallucinating because he was in control of you not hallucinating so to speak.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 29th, 2013 4:25pm report


    Ok none of these interpretations are close. Jim saw the universe in a way not many ever see. Hes talking about a Dimension of reality Beyond any trip. Hes talking about what some would call the garden or heaven or a paradise. Just like most songs, movies it is about the universal truths of energy and what we call physics.



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    anonymous
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    May 16th, 2012 5:42am report


    I once heard this song was about vietnam and the bombing of cambodia.
    I found and island in your arms (South Vietnam wasn't yet a communist country surronded by communist countries)
    A country in your eyes (South Vietnam and Cambodia)
    Arms that chained us (Perhaps a glimpse into the future?)
    Eyes that lied (Denying that Vietnam was a war or that the US was bombing Cambodia)
    However I'm not sure that this album was out before or after the whole Cambodia debacle.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 30th, 2012 4:31pm report


    Obey propaganda



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