The Doors – “The End”

The End” is a song by The Doors from the album The Doors. Released in 4 January 1967, it was written by Jim Morrison. The Doors developed this song during live performances at the Whisky a Go Go, a Los Angeles club where they were the house band in 1966. They had to play two sets a night, so they were forced to extend their songs in order to fill the sets. This gave them a chance to experiment with their songs. This started as a short song about a farewell to a girl, and developed into an 11 minute epic. The band would perform the song to close their last set. It was first released in January 1967. The song was recorded live in the studio with no overdubbing. Two takes were done and the second take is the one that was issued.

In 1969, Morrison stated:

Everytime I hear that song, it means something else to me. It started out as a simple good-bye song…. Probably just to a girl, but I see how it could be a goodbye to a kind of childhood. I really don’t know. I think it’s sufficiently complex and universal in its imagery that it could be almost anything you want it to be.

Interviewed by Lizze James, he pointed out the meaning of the verse “My only friend, the End”:

Sometimes the pain is too much to examine, or even tolerate….That doesn’t make it evil, though – or necessarily dangerous. But people fear death even more than pain. It’s strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over. Yeah – I guess it is a friend…

This is supposedly the last song Morrison heard. The night he died, he was playing old Doors albums, ending with this one. This was the last song on that album. This was recorded with the lights off and only one candle burning next to Morrison.

The Beach Boys – “Feel Flows”

Feel Flows” is a song by the American rock band The Beach Boys from their 1971 album Surf’s Up. Released in August 30, 1971, this song was written by Carl Wilson and Jack Rieley. Carl Wilson’s lead vocals were recorded using reverse echo.

We have Beach Boys guitarist Carl Wison and their manager at the time, Jack Rieley, to thank for this ethereal song packed with lyrics like “Encasing all embracing wreath of repose.” While his brother Brian Wilson wrote most of The Beach Boys classics, Carl had a big part in the Surf’s Up, doing a lot of production work on the album and also co-writing “Long Promised Road” with Rieley – Carl sang lead on both tracks as well. Explaining the spiritual nature of his songs, Carl said, “We believe in God as universal consciousness. God is love, God is you, God is me, God is everything here in this room.”

Lyrics:
Unfolding enveloping missiles of soul
Recall senses sadly
Mirage like soft blue like lanterns below
To light the way gladly
Whether whistling heaven’s clouds disappear
Where the wind withers memory
Whether whiteness whisks soft shadows away
Feel flows (White hot glistening shadowy flows)
Feel goes (Black hot glistening shadowy flows)

Unbending never ending tablets of time
Record all the yearning
Unfearing all appearing message divine
Eases the burning
Whether willing witness waits at my mind
Whether hope dampens memory
Whether wondrous will stands tall at my side
Feel flows (White hot glistening shadowy flows)
Feel goes (Black hot glistening shadowy flows)

Encasing all embracing wreath of repose
Engulfs all the senses
Imposing, unclosing thoughts that compose
Retire the fences
Whether wholly heartened life fades away
Whether harps heal the memory
Whether wholly heartened life fades away
Whether wondrous will stands tall at my side
Whether whiteness whisks soft shadows away
Feel goes (White hot glistening shadowy flows)
Feel flows (Black hot glistening shadowy flows)
Feel goes (White hot glistening shadowy flows)
Feelings to grow (White hot glistening shadowy flows)

White hot glistening shadowy flows
White hot glistening shadowy flows
White hot glistening shadowy flows