What does The Alabama Song mean?

The Doors: The Alabama Song Meaning

Album cover for The Alabama Song album cover

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
    click a star to vote
    May 7th 2011 !⃝

    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

  2. 2TOP RATED

    #2 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Jul 26th 2011 !⃝

    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
    click a star to vote
    Jan 27th 2023 !⃝

    I do Not like this song. As a 15 year old, that has to anylise that song at School. I am very disturbed. This is not made for children. Please get it oit of the School system.

    Send help, please.
    I do not want to do this.

  4. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Aug 23rd 2020 !⃝

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

  5. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Jul 4th 2020 !⃝

    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.

  6. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Apr 19th 2016 !⃝

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

  7. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    May 30th 2013 !⃝

    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

  8. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    May 30th 2013 !⃝

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

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  9. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    May 1st 2011 !⃝

    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.

  10. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Apr 17th 2011 !⃝

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

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway

More The Doors songs »


 


Latest Articles

 


Submit Your Interpretation

[ want a different song? ]




Just Posted

Lemon Boy anonymous
Drama Club anonymous
Gravity anonymous
Our First Time anonymous
Nymphetamine anonymous
Liquid Smooth anonymous
Teddy Bear anonymous
New Divide anonymous
BOP anonymous
VIBEZ anonymous
Suge anonymous
Baby Sitter anonymous
Alone Again, Naturally anonymous
Patiently Waiting (Ft. Eminem) anonymous
Everytime anonymous

(We won't give out your email)