"Let me sleep all night in your soul kitchen, warm my mind near your gentle stove ... turn me out and I'll wander baby, stumbling in the neon groves"
You scored highest in Shaman, so your song is Soul Kitchen, one of the more popular Doors songs. This is one of those great songs from the first Doors album, an ode to some obscure cafe or grill where Jim wants to hang out all night but which eventually has to close for the evening. There's nothing all that complex about the "soul kitchen" -- it's basically just a cool place to hang out -- but Morrison pays tribute to it with mystic lines about fingers speaking in secret alphabets and learning to forget and gentle stoves, until finally you're not really sure what to think about it. It is a place that looks ordinary on the surface, but which is more than it appears to be. It is an escape from the day-to-day drudgery, a place of curiosity and wonder. It amuses and inspires us. It is ordinary and at the same time almost magical ... one of those special places in life that speaks to the Shaman in us all, that little part of us that seeks to look beyond the known and into the unknown. And then, before you know it, the clock says it's time to close. And we find ourselves leaving far too soon.
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((( note : This score used to give people "The Spy" instead of "Soul Kitchen." Then I realized that I screwed up on the scoring and effectively used the song Not To Touch The Earth twice (the live version and the studio version). This was redundant, so I removed one of them, which left a gap in the "Shaman/Exile" score. Then I moved The Spy to that score, which is where it truly belongs, and now I'm using Soul Kitchen for this one. I think Soul Kitchen is more accurate here, because The Spy is way too slow and creepy for the Shaman variable alone. "Shaman" is a very dynamic variable, and to be honest I NEVER liked using The Spy for this score. It was the only part of my Doors test I wasn't happy with. I really do think The Spy works better where it is now. For the people that originally scored The Spy and want to strangle me for changing it, I apologize. I'm just trying to make the test as accurate as possible. Look at it this way -- you can always go listen to both songs and decide for yourself which one suits you better. In my opinion, based on your score I would say Soul Kitchen. )))
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MY SCORING SYSTEM ... OR A BRIEF EXPLANATION OF WHY ANY OF THIS SHOULD MAKE ANY SENSE WHATSOEVER
I based this test around four of the crucial elements underlying much of The Doors' music, and also what I perceive to be four distinct facets of Jim Morrison's personality. It's not a perfect system but I think there's a certain logic to it that we can apply here (if you have a better way of doing it, be my guest). These four variables are as follows ...
>>> The Shaman is a spiritual guru, the American Indian's "medicine man" who enters into a trance-like state and enacts a ritual to bring his audience to enlightenment. This is an essential quality of songs like "Break On Through To The Other Side" or any Doors song where mystic knowledge is sought after.
>>> The Reveller is a hedonist that alters his consciousness through physical ecstasy -- sex, alcohol, drugs, and so on -- seeking the Palace of Wisdom through the Road of Excess. This is an essential quality of songs like "Light My Fire" or any Doors song about passion and youthful exhuberance.
>>> The Exile is an outcast that has been alienated by his fellow man, an outsider condemned to a lonely and misunderstood existence. This is an essential quality of songs like "People Are Strange" or any Doors song dealing with alienation and rejection.
>>> The Nihilist is an existential cynic that sees Death as the only real Truth. He or she lives life for the moment and objects to laws, tradition, religion, or any other form of social control ... life is too short to worry about other people's rules. The Nihilist is the proverbial Rebel Without A Cause. This is an essential quality of songs like "When The Music's Over" or any Doors song based on discontent and fatalism.
Most Doors songs contain varying degrees of these four principles, although some songs are very strongly inclined towards one of the four. I didn't include every Doors song ever made in this test, but I did try to include most of their best songs, at least insofar as I could fit them into the framework of my crude scoring system. It's far from perfect, but I think it works in a weird sort of way. Hopefully Morrison isn't rolling over in his grave right now. I mean assuming he's actually in there to begin with.
THE END is the exception to the four variables ... you cannot get this song by scoring high or low in any of these variables. You can only score THE END if you look beyond the four variables and see the true essence of The Doors. There's more to The Doors than "the image" of The Doors ... it's not just about a sex symbol in leather pants tripping on acid and saying the word "fuck" over and over. Forget the hype, just listen to the music. It's some of the most unique and innovative and mind-opening music you will ever experience.
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