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The cars hiss by my window
Like the waves down on the beach
The cars hiss by my window
Like the waves down on the beach
I got this girl beside me
But she's out of reach

Headlight through my window
Shinin' on the wall
Headlight through...


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    Aug 5th, 8:38am report

    Jim Morrison's "Cars Hiss by My Window" relates to the manner in which society treats those who stray from its values. The rushing, hissing cars are trying to pull Jim into conformity, reaching for him like waves. The unnamed girl beside him is distant in terms of her values; while she may have materialistic and egotistic tendencies, Jim is searching for personal integrity. Thus, Jim calls for her in hopes of explaining his thinking and reaching an understanding. Her reply, probably filled to the brim with society's teachings,falls deaf upon Jim's ears. The headlights outside are searchlights, approaching their rebellious fugitive. Unfortunately, soceity gets the upper hand. Jim explains how society kills off its prophets: they can die by force, such as a sonic boom; the undesired effect to this: their physical death makes them a martyr. Jim explains a far more effective extinction tool. Death by seduction leaves the body alive, but that is all. The spiritually dead do not realize that they have sold their souls, as they only care about the empirical. This type of slaughter, committed by the " cold girl in a darkened room", is more cruel than physical death. It renders one into a shallow, obedient hedonist, a hollow shell of their former selves. The seduced are no longer fallen heroes, and thus recieve no respect. Their reputation ruined, they no longer pose a threat to the system. They just waste themselves in cycles of self destruction, like waves upon the beach...

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