500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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The Doors, 'The End'

336. The Doors, 'The End'

Writers: John Densmore, Robbie Krieger, Ray Manzarek, Jim Morrison
Producer: Paul Rothchild
Released: March '67, Elektra

Morrison had worked on a student production of Oedipus Rex at Florida State. But his exploration of its sexual taboos took on bold new life in the 11 minutes of "The End," which evolved during the Doors' live shows at L.A.’s Whisky-A-Go-Go. "Every time I hear that song, it means something else to me," Morrison said in 1969. "It could be goodbye to a kind of childhood."

Appears on: The Doors (Elektra)

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