THE DOORS - LA WOMAN – THE ORIGINAL
JIM MORRISON HAND WRITTEN LYRICS
On offer here
is a truly once in a lifetime opportunity to own the original hand written
studio lyrics for L.A. Woman from Jim Morrison. These handwritten lyrics on
offer here are the original studio written lyrics by Jim Morrison. These were previously
on loan and displayed for all to view at the original Hard Rock Café in New
York. These rare original handwritten Jim Morrison Doors lyrics are now
available to buy.
These are Jim
Morrison's original handwritten lyrics to his 1970 composition L.A. Woman.
Comprising of one yellow sheet of lined A4 paper with the lyrics of L.A. Woman
written by Jim Morrison in pen. These Jim Morrison hand written lyrics were
initially given to long time friend and associate, Russ Estees by Jim Morrison
at the time of the actual Doors studio recording of LA woman in 1970. Russ Estees
at the time was working for Screen Gems and also managed The Byrds (the US
band) and Blue Cheer.
set of lyrics for The Doors’ mega-iconic “L.A. Woman” is written in Jim
Morrison’s own hand and were the original reference lyric for the recording of
the song. Less than four months after this song was released in April of 1971,
Jim Morrison had died. Handwritten lyrics from rock’s golden age are incredibly
personal and affecting pieces of memorabilia – and this is one of our best
lyrics are accompanied by several important pieces of paperwork and letters
dating this back to their conception and handover from Jim Morrison himself.
were given on the day of the recording to the manager of The Byrds and Blue
Cheer, Russ Estees. Included with the lyrics is a copy of a letter from Russ Estees
detailing this event on his Crystal Sky Productions letter headed paper and
dated 5/93, detailing the events.
original handwritten lyrics to The Doors L.A.Woman do not contain the words “Mr
Mojo Risin” because this sheet was the very first incarnation of the track in
the studio from December 1970. In the beginning, that part of the song had not
even been discovered. It was only in 1971 when John Densmore later got the band
to slow the track right down in the middle eight and they needed a chant or
hook to link it up. It was only then at this point when Jim came up with
anagram of his name to use across the track.
One other important
variation of these lyrics has appeared in The Doors scrapbook. Those lyrics
were actually requested specifically by Danny Sugarman from Jim, after the
recording of L.A. Woman. Those hand written Jim Morrison manuscripts were
originally sold to two Los Angeles dealers by Danny Sugarman. Among the
manuscripts they also acquired were Crawling King Snake (A composition by John
Lee Hooker written in Jim Morrison's hand), Been Down So Long, L'America, L.A.
Woman and several others from what would become Jim Morrison's final album, The
Doors, L.A. Woman. Those manuscripts originally sold for approx $3,000 each and
were distributed among a variety of dealers, who resold them to collectors. It
is well known those lyrics were all written after the actual recordings of the
songs unlike the single sheet that is on offer here, obtained from the actual
Woman" is a landmark song by The Doors. The song is the title track
on their 1971 album L.A. Woman,
the final album with front man Jim Morrison before his death. In the song's final
recorded version Morrison repeats the phrase "Mr. Mojo Risin'," which
is an anagram of "Jim Morrison". The song was recorded at The Doors
Workshop on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, between
December 1970 and January 1971. Morrison recorded his vocal part in the
bathroom of the makeshift studio due to the room's natural reverb.
its length (7:49 on the original album) and difficult vocal chord progressions,
"L.A. Woman" is considered extremely challenging to sing live. The
Doors only performed the song live in its entirety once, at their penultimate
concert in Dallas. Faithfully replicating Morrison's performance requires
singing at top volume and full voice for the entire song as even the coda is
sung at full force. Alcohol abuse and smoking had taken a severe toll on
Morrison's voice and the resultant rasp, which gives the song a distinct colour,
is difficult (and very painful) to duplicate.
set of lyrics for the Doors’ mega-iconic “L.A. Woman” is in Jim Morrison’s own
yellow sheet of lined A4 paper bearing lyrics handwritten by Jim Morrison,
legendary singer of 1960s rock band The Doors. These original handwritten
lyrics are for the song LA Woman, the title track from the band's sixth and
final 1971 studio album -which also happened to feature Elvis Presley's
bassist, Jerry Scheff. In July of that same year, Morrison was found dead in a
Paris bathtub. Today, the cause of his death remains uncertain - yet his rock
'n' roll legacy still burns as brightly as ever.
Beginning "Well I just go into town about an hour ago..." Jim Morrison's
lyrics are written in blue pen, with Biro doodles to the left hand side.
To the top of the A4 sheet the singer has written “J.M./Doors - L.A. Woman” and
autographed the sheet to the top right corner next to the song title.
The Doors, whose famous hits include Break on Through (To the Other Side) and
Light My Fire, first formed in 1965, and are the latest legendary group to
enjoy a 21st century renaissance. 2011 saw the documentary release of “When
You're Strange”, charting the band's career with narration by long-time Doors fan
Jim Morrison famously regarded himself as a writer and poet as much as a singer
(William Blake was a key influence) and this undoubtedly makes his lyrics even
more sought-after among investors and collectors.
Without question one of the single most important set of lyrics ever made
available on the open market for the ultimate rock n roll collection.
authenticity of this fascinating piece of music history is verified by its
undeniable provenance, having also been formally exhibited in the famous Hard
Rock Cafe, New York. The lyrics are accompanied by a copy of the letter from
the original owner Russ Estees, a letter from the Hard Rock Café, NY returning
the lyrics after their load. There are two further independent letters of
authentication including full forensic analysis of the letter. The whole
collection is also accompanied by full rareandsigned certification valuing this
package at £250,000 in January 2018.
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