The Doors: LA Woman Meaning
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LA Woman Lyrics
Took a look around, see which way the wind blow
Where the little girls in their Hollywood bungalows
Are you a lucky little lady in the City of Light
Or just another lost...
anonymous Sep 13th, 9:52am report
Does ANYONE ELSE hear a different lyric than the usual first line of L.A.Woman. I'm hearing, "Well I took a little dynamite an hour ago." Obviously it fits that he just dropped acid and took a look around...
I always hear this line this way. WTF...
anonymous Apr 16th, 2017 4:41pm report
To some of THE DOORS fans out there and here, this song ''La Woman'' can be like it was, a spiritual RESSURECTION SUNDAY experience of our LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST'S RISING, with emphaty and love for all lost souls out there, when cruising around and methaphorically describing the experience, driving through and around Los Angeles.
anonymous Apr 8th, 2016 4:54pm report
This is definitely about JM driving around L.A. looking for a woman to have sex with.
Mister Mojo Risin' is about the sex act which starts out slow, but gets faster and faster and he finally climaxes.
Billy Idol had a hit with this song in his own style, but left out the 'Mister Mojo Risin' poetry.
christopher.gaebe Jan 21st, 2015 1:33am report
I wish it was poetry or an homage to la but honestly gents let's think about it. He's basically describing arriving in Hollywood, looking for some ass whether she wants it or not. After the first time he sees a gal he asks her" are you a lucky lady in the city of lights or just another lost thing... City at night.
Ok so next he tells her "let's turn that look from glad to sadness." Then his mojo is rising and its out of his control. It's a much darker song as are most doors tunes than people realize.
anonymous Jun 27th, 2014 6:31pm report
" Took a look around to see which way the wind blows," refers to the Santa Anna wind. If it is blowing in from the desert it makes the city hot; that's when historically, crazy things in L.A. Happen: ie Manson Murders, " Motel, money, murder, madness." Also, it is the dry Santa Anna that starts the annual fires in the Hollywood hill "I see your hair is burnin', hills are filled with fire."
anonymous Jan 22nd, 2013 1:44pm report
It's his ode to LA, the city he loved, using "her",who ever she may be, as a metaphor. He knew then he's gonna leave, heading out to France. The song has many references in it: "are you a Lucky little lady in the city of light, or just another lost angel, city of night". City of night is a novell by John Rechy with characters such as hookers, gays, transgender, drag queens, etc. It came out begin sixties.
anonymous Jan 21st, 2013 1:29pm report
As was said above the song is about LA but it's but also Pam, too. LA Woman is the city AND Pam - His home and his woman. This is classic poetry in case you missed it.
anonymous Feb 3rd, 2012 2:12pm report
A manic/depressive rock star arriving home after being away on tour,he can't wait to go on his average Sunday bender going out partying hard in L.A. and loving it very much,until the depression sinks in, the emptiness he feels is overwhelming and he knows it will eventually kill him.
anonymous Feb 3rd, 2012 2:35pm report
A great driving song written about a very manic/depressive Rock Star's average Sunday Stroll,dont you wish you could have hung out just once Mr.Mojo.
also in the lyric 'just got into town bout an hr ago,' jim originally had 'nickel and a dime bout an hr ago' meaning the cocaine he just snorted. the record label sugested he change it for the record.
he is talking abot la when the hills and hair is burning lines, and jim was NEVER MARRIED. therefore he could not have had a wife.
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anonymous Dec 10th, 2007 12:47pm report
I think its a love song with a murderous undertone in it. Mowtown money, murder madness, lets change the mood form glad to sadness!
anonymous Nov 9th, 2007 11:07pm report
Jim Morrison wrote this song as an homage to la. He met ray manzarek at ucla- which is how the doors started.
Mr mojo risin was a name jim gave to himself. He said it would be his fake name if he "skipped off to africa". Some people think he staged his own death and actually did go to africa under the name mojo risin
we'll never know
anonymous Jun 24th, 2007 6:29pm report
The song in general is about a drive through Los Angeles and encountering sights like bungalows, strip clubs, cops, and various other sights that Los Angeles has to offer.
The "I see your hair is burning" line probably refers to his wife during the time her wrote that song, Patricia Kennealy-Morrison. She had red hair. The City of Night line refers to the John Rechy book of the same name, in which a hustler visits several cities including L.A.
Mr Mojo Risin is an anagram for Jim Morrison and it's also his alter-ego.
anonymous May 25th, 2006 5:19pm report
This song is about driving into LA and looking for a woman (most likely a hooker) to spend the night with. It asks "are you a lucky little lady in the city of lights/ or just another lost angel... city of night, oh city of night". This refers to the light and dark sides of the city and of people. Is she a woman who has sex with him consensually, or a destitute woman who needs the cash?
And yes, "Mr. Mojo Risin" does rearrange to spell "Jim Morrison", and that's considered to be a self-reference.
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