What does Yes, The River Knows mean?

The Doors: Yes, The River Knows Meaning

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Yes, The River Knows Lyrics

Please believe me
The river told me
Very softly
Want you to hold me, ooo

Free fall flow, river flow
On and on it goes
Breath under water 'till the end
Free fall flow, river flow
On and on it goes
Breath under water 'till the end
Yes,...

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    anonymous
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    May 5th 2016 !⃝

    "mysticated" is a croc of nonsense. Morrison would never have sung a silly made-up word like that! lol Listen closely, he's clearly saying "mystic heated wine".

  2. anonymous
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    Nov 25th 2017 !⃝

    Like most of the door songs they have to be interpreted by the individual they mean different things to different people different things to different stages in life

  3. anonymous
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    Apr 7th 2016 !⃝

    It's "mysticated". Something which is mystical. The wine contains mystical properties. It is a made up word but mystic heated wine is a croc of nonsense - sorry.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  4. anonymous
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    Jun 3rd 2015 !⃝

    It must have been written before the Scandinavian gigs, if only by a few months.

  5. anonymous
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    Nov 10th 2012 !⃝

    Mystic heated wine is the mulled wine that he had a chance to drink when touring in Scandinavian countries like Sweden. Mulled wine is heated sweet red wine spiced with cinnamon, cloves, orange pell, cardamom and lemon. It is very mystical tasting indeed :)

  6. anonymous
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    Sep 12th 2012 !⃝

    Since there is no such word as "mysticated", and since the Doors lyrics often reference literary tropes, I think that the best interpretation is "mystic, heated wine". This would then allude to the drowning of Clarence in Shakespeare's Richard III, who was drowned "in a butt of Malmsey."

    Malmsey is a sweet Portuguese wine that is heated during production to achieve a certain flavor and color.

    This is entirely consistent with other lyrics from Doors' songs, where they reference such works as Frazer's The Golden Bough.


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