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The Doors: “Roadhouse Blues”

The Hook: Their late keyboardist, Ray Manzarek, believed Jim Morrison’s last verse was a universal truth. .

Album: Morrison Hotel

Year: 1970

Writer: Jim Morrison

Stats: Peaked at number-50 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: The late Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek told us that one part of “Roadhouse Blues” stood out above the rest for him. He explained why in this 1980s interview.

The late Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek on the verse in “Roadhouse Blues” that speaks to all of us. OC:…baby roll. :17

“The last verse absolutely is classic Morrison: ‘I woke up this morning and got myself a beer…The future’s uncertain and the end is always near.’ Whoo. That’s all of us. I mean, that’s not just Jim, that’s all of us. The end is always near, so let it roll, baby, roll.”