The Bong Connection / Part XIV / The Lizard King

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The Lizard King is one of the greatest frontmen in the history of music, his incredible voice and poetic lyrics helped define the counterculture music scene of the 1960s, while his tragically abrupt end only enhanced the aura around his legacy.

The Lizard King is synonymous with 60s psychedelia. As almost every album by his band contains at least one song that could be claimed by #Cannabis enthusiasts as an anthem for the culture.

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So, Who is The Lizard King?

He is James Douglas Morrison (December 8, 1943, Florida– July 3, 1971, Paris). He was an American singer, and songwriter, He was an enigmatic man who served as the lead vocalist of the psychedelic rock band The Doors. He studied cinema at UCLA University.

Because Of his unique voice, wild personality, poetic lyrics, great performances, and dramatic circumstances surrounding his life and early death, he is considered by music critics and fans as one of the most influential frontmen in rock history.

Since His Death, his fame has endured collectively of standard culture's most rebellious and oft-displayed icons, representing the generation gap and youth culture.

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The Lizard King / Light My Fire

If you forgot, let’s refresh your memory. The producer asked The Lizard King to sing "Girl, we couldn’t get much BETTER" instead of "Girl, we couldn’t get much HIGHER" which is obviously a #Weed reference. Jim being Jim stuck to the original line. It’s an Epic Masterpiece and this why everyone still love it even after all these years. Rey Manzarek said:

It was exactly what we were doing at the time at Whisky a Go Go – letting the music take us wherever it might lead in a particular performance, just improvising. And that’s exactly the same way that solo came about.

The Lizard King / Five to One

"Five to one, baby,
One in five.
No one here gets out alive, now.
You'll get yours, baby.
I'll get mine.
Gonna make it baby if we try."

What does Five To One mean? The answer could be weed !!!

  • In an interview with Life magazine in 1968, Manzarek said:
In California, a number is another name for a joint, a marijuana cigarette. "just thought you might want to know that.

"They got the guns but we got the numbers.
Gonna win, yeah, we're takin' over."

So the song might be a call on young people to arm themselves with joints and revolt against the status quo, as that certainly fits with the tune's militant tone and a marching beat! Who know...


The Lizard King & The Asthma

He coulda been killed by his asthma. He suffered from asthma and took a prescribed drug called Marax, via an inhaler, which has subsequently been banned in the USA since it was decided that taking it in conjunction with alcohol could result in death. Pamela Courson told Gardonyi that Jim’s asthma "Was somehow connected with his heart. Rheumatic heart? Maybe. That’s what the doctor was saying."

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La La Land Actress & Spiderman Got Stoned
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I'm not surprised at all that Jim was a stoner. The genre most play is called by many psychedelic rock and stoner rock for a reason. Only those who understand him as fans understand what he ment. Or atleast are sure they know what he ment. RIP

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Matthew Greenwald notes that Five to One "Puts down the flower generation for being weak and unable to organize their own individual heads."

The Lizard King certainly was highly critical of the counterculture that embraced The Doors. In a 1970 interview with CBC's Tony Thomas, the Lizard King said:

The hippie lifestyle is really a middle-class phenomenon. And it could not exist in any other society except ours, where there's this incredible surfeit of goods, products, and leisure time.

But The Lizard King later admitted that his views could just be sour grapes after becoming disillusioned with the 60s.

So is Five to One about Weed? Yes, to some extent at least but it certainly alludes to weed by criticizing the hippie culture that elevated marijuana to the level of a sacrament.

By the way some to interpret Five to One as a call for social revolution !!!
For more feel free to read the Song's Code !