The Doors – Celebration of the Lizard (testo)


“Lions in the street and roaming
dogs in heat, rabid, foaming
a beast caged in the heart of a city
the body of his mother
rotting in the summer ground
he fled the town

He went down South and crossed the border
left the chaos and disorder
back there over his shoulder

One morning he awoke in a green hotel
with a strange creature groaning beside him
sweat oozed from its shiny skin

Is everybody in?
The ceremony is about to begin

Wake up!
You can’t remember where it was
had this dream stopped?
The snake was pale gold
glazed and shrunken
we were afraid to touch it
the sheets were hot dead prisons
and she was beside me
old, she’s no, young
her dark white hair
the white soft skin

Now, run to the mirror in the bathroom
She’s coming in here
I can’t live thru each slow century of her moving
I let my cheek slide down
the cool smooth tile
feel the good cold stinging blood
the smooth hissing snakes of rain…

Once I had, a little game
I liked to crawl back into my brain
I think you know the game I mean
I mean the game called ‘go insane’

Now you should try this little game
just close your eyes forget your name
forget the world forget the people
and we’ll erect a different steeple

This little game is fun to do
just close your eyes no way to lose
and I’m right there I’m going too
release control we’re breaking thru

Way back deep into the brain
back where there’s never any pain
and the rain falls gently on the town
and in the labyrinth of streams
beneath, the quiet unearthly presence of
nervous hill dwellers in the gentle hills around
reptiles abounding
fossils, caves, cool air heights

Each house repeats a mold
windows rolled
beast car locked in against morning
all now sleeping
rugs silent, mirrors vacant
dust blind under the beds of lawful couples
wound in sheets
and daughters, smug
with semen eyes in their nipples

rhere’s been a slaughter here

Don’t stop to speak or look around
your gloves and fan are on the ground
we’re getting out of town
we’re going on the run
and you’re the one I want to come

Not to touch the earth
not to see the sun
nothing left to do, but
run, run, run
let’s run

House upon the hill
moon is lying still
shadows of the trees
witnessing the wild breeze
c’mon baby run with me
let’s run

Run with me
run with me
run with me
let’s run

The mansion is warm, at the top of the hill
rich are the rooms and the comforts there
red are the arms of luxuriant chairs
and you won’t know a thing till you get inside

Dead president’s corpse in the driver’s car
the engine runs on glue and tar
c’mon along, we’re not going very far
to the East to meet the Czar

Run with me
run with me
run with me
let’s run

Some outlaws lived by the side of the lake
the minister’s daughter’s in love with the snake
who lives in a well by the side of the road
wake up, girl! We’re almost home

Sun, sun, sun
burn, burn, burn
soon, soon, soon
moon, moon, moon
I will get you
soon! Soon! Soon!

I am the lizard king
I can do anything

Let the carnival bells ring
let the serpent sing
let everything

We came down
the rivers and highways
we came down from
forests and falls

We came down from
Carson and Springfield
we came down from
Phoenix enthralled
and I can tell you
the names of the Kingdom
I can tell you
the things that you know
listening for a fistful of silence
climbing valleys into the shade

I am the Lizard King
I can do anything
I can make the earth stop in its tracks
I made the blue cars go away

For seven years I dwelt
in the loose palace of exile
playing strange games
with the girls of the island
now I have come again
to the land of the fair
and the strong, and the wise
brothers and sisters of the pale forest
o Children of Night
who among you will run with the hunt?
Now Night arrives with her purple legion
retire now to your tents and to your dreams
tomorrow we enter the town of my birth
I want to be ready”.


The Doors, Celebration of the Lizard – 17:09
(musica: John Densmore, Robbie Kreiger, Ray Manzarek, Jim Morrison; testo: Jim Morrison)
Album: Absolutely Live (1970, live, 14:25, Aquarius Theatre, Hollywood July 21, 1969 1st show)
Album: Legacy: The Absolute Best (2003, raccolta)

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– Lions in the Street
– Wake Up!
– A Little Game
– The Hill Dwellers
– Not to Touch the Earth
– Names of the Kingdom
– The Palace of Exile


Significato e citazioni.

Celebration of the Lizard is a performance piece with lyrics written by Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors with music by The Doors. Composed as a series of poems, they include musical sections, spoken verse and passages of allegorical storytelling. The entire piece was intended to be recorded and released as one full side of one of the band’s albums, but record producer Paul A. Rothchild and the other members of the band thought that the extended poetic sections and overall length of the piece made a complete recording impossible. The band did attempt to record the full piece several times but abandoned the idea when they were dissatisfied with the results. One musical passage, “Not to Touch the Earth,” was released on their third studio album Waiting for the Sun in 1968. The lyrics for the rest of the piece were published inside the gatefold jacket of the original vinyl LP, with the note “Lyrics to a theatre composition by The Doors”. “Celebration” was performed in its entirety at a handful of Doors shows. A complete performance of “Celebration” can be heard on the band’s 1970 live album Absolutely Live. The first recorded studio version of “Celebration” in its entirety was not released until the 2003 compilation album Legacy: The Absolute Best“.

(Wikipedia, voce Celebration of the Lizard)


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