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#1 davis

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 05:32 PM

Does anyone know why Jim used so few of the Dixon's lyrics of Back Door Man? Any speculation or actual reasons?

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 12:10 AM

I think it's because Jim liked the suggestive lyrics that mirrored his own lifestyle of going from woman to woman. The original lyrics about being tried for murder didn't fit the "swinger" mood that Jim wanted for this song.

Here are Willie Dixon's original lyrics.

I-I-I am the, the backdoor man
I-I-I am, the backdoor man
Well, the men don't know
But the little girls they understand

When ev'rybody is-a tryin' to sleep
I'm-a somewhere makin' my midnight creep
An ev'ry mo'nin when the rooster crows
He's tellin' me that it's the time to go

I am, the backdo' man
I am, the backdo' man
Well, the men don't know
But the little girls they understand

(harmonica & instrumental)

Well, they took me to the doctor
Shot full of holes
The nurse she cried, 'Save his soul!'
I was 'cussed of murder in first degree
The judge wife cried, 'Let the man go free!'

I am, the backdo' man
I am, the backdo' man
Well, the men don't know
But the little girls they understand, mmm

(guitar & instrumental)

I was accussed a-murder in the first degree
The judge wife cried, 'Let the man go free!'
The cop's wife cried, 'Don't take him down
I'd-a rather be in six feet of ground!'

I am, the backdo' man
I am, the backdo' man
Well, the men don't know
But the little girls they understand

(piano & instrumental)

I am, the backdo' man
I am, the backdo' man
Well, the men don't know
But the little girls they understand

(bass & instrumental)

'Ooh!'

I am, the backdo' man
I am, the backdo' man
Well, the men don't know
But the little girls they understand

'Ooh!'

(instrumental all to end)

I am
I am
I-I-I am
The backdo' man.


And here are Jim Morrison's lyrics:

Wha, yeah!
C'mon, yeah
Yeah, c'mon, yeah
Yeah, c'mon
Oh, yeah, ma

Yeah, I'm a back door man
I'm a back door man
The men don't know
But the little girl understand

Hey, all you people that tryin' to sleep
I'm out to make it with my midnight dream, yeah
'Cause I'm a back door man
The men don't know
But the little girls understand
All right, yeah

You men eat your dinner
Eat your pork and beans
I eat more chicken
Than any man ever seen, yeah, yeah

I'm a back door man, wha
The men don't know
But the little girl understand

Well, I'm a back door man
I'm a back door man
Whoa, baby, I'm a back door man
The men don't know
But the little girls understand



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Posted 06 March 2011 - 06:46 AM

I think it's because Jim liked the suggestive lyrics that mirrored his own lifestyle of going from woman to woman. The original lyrics about being tried for murder didn't fit the "swinger" mood that Jim wanted for this song.

Here are Willie Dixon's original lyrics.


And here are Jim Morrison's lyrics:


The Doors choice to cover this song wasn't unusual, a load of '60s punk/garage/blues bands covered it - e.g. Blues Project, Shadows of Knight, Yardbirds, etc.

But, yeah, I agree that the band put it's own stamp on the song - and that's a lot to do with the lyrics. The Doors weren't purists, they did their own thing. Same with Alabama Song.

I love the keys in Back Door Man. They really hold the song together.
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Posted 07 March 2011 - 01:03 AM

He was a back doors man ;)

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 10:20 PM

He was a back doors man ;)

yes and its one of my favourite songs:) and im a chic! lol.. its very suggestive for the time period but still rocks..

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Posted 30 June 2011 - 06:28 AM

Iggy Pop play "Back Door Man"(photo of Iggy with t-shirt Jim and other photo Iggy with Ray):



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