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The Doors: The Alabama Song Meaning

The Alabama Song Lyrics

Well, show me the way
To the next whiskey bar
Oh, don't ask why
Oh, don't ask why

Show me the way
To the next whiskey bar
Oh, don't ask why
Oh, don't ask why


For if we don't find
The next whiskey bar
I tell you we must die
I tell you we must...

  1. 1TOP RATED

    #1 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    May 7th 2011 report

    its a bertold brecht song
    fromthe theaterpeace "Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny"
    its sung by girls who are going to be prostitutes
    so its about throwing away your dreams for survival

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    #2 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Jul 26th 2011 report

    It's actually a Kurt Weill song with lyrics by Brecht. It's from their opera The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.

  3. anonymous
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    Aug 23rd report

    it was such a surprise in the summer of '67. one of their greatest recordings (along with spanish caravan) just my opinion

  4. anonymous
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    Jul 4th 2020 report

    Guess if he is referring to herion instead of actual little girls, its a good thing he didn't say boys, since anyone who has knowledge of drug street names knows that herion is often considered boy and cocaine is considered girl or white girl. Either way its a great song to drink too.

  5. anonymous
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    Apr 19th 2016 report

    Plain & simple...
    SEX, DRUGS, & ROCK N ROLL!

  6. anonymous
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    May 30th 2013 report

    The way the doors sing this song, with different words and all, It's more likely that "show me the way to the next little girl" is a reference to heroin

  7. anonymous
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    May 30th 2013 report

    If the words are changed then so has the meaning, I suspect "little girl" could mean heroin

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  8. anonymous
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    May 1st 2011 report

    This song is about the first gigs they had in the bar named Whiskey a go go. On an evening the band had to perform but Jim Morrison didn't show up. The rest of the band decided to go look for Jim, when they found him, he was tripping on acid. They decided to go to the bar still and perform as planned with Jim tripping on acid.
    When They started playing, Jim was improvising and the band didn't know what Jim was up to, but they whent along with it and gave him a beat as if there was nothing wrong. During the gig, Jim said the words "Father, yes son, I want to kill you! Mother... I want to fuck you all night!!"( also used later in The End.)
    The barkeeper got them off stage and called Jim a sick basterd and fired them on the spot.
    This is what really happened. I think i don't need to elaborate my interpretation as it is rather clear what they ment with the song knowing what happened that night.

    Written by a Doors fan from Belgium.

  9. anonymous
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    Apr 17th 2011 report

    The song is about a place kind of like a Cabaret.

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