(From: TomDispatch.com)

“It just started out as a simple goodbye song,” James Douglas Morrison told reporter Jerry Hopkins. “Probably just to a girl, but I could see how it could be goodbye to a kind of childhood… I think it’s sufficiently complex and universal in its imagery that it could be almost anything you want it to be.”

To me, the song always was and always will be about the Vietnam War.  If you know it — and you will the instant you hear the first notes and the shivering tambourine — you know it as “The End.” And if you know the man who sang that song, it’s probably not as James Douglas but simply Jim.  What you may not know about the Doors’ lead singer is that his father, George Morrison, commanded the U.S. Naval fleet during the August 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident, an event fraught with missteps, distortions, and deceptions that precipitated an escalation of the American War in Vietnam ultimately ending in millions of casualties and almost unimaginable suffering. Read more

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