Empty Sermons

Graveyard Poem

by Jim Morrison…

It was the greatest night of my life                                                                                              Although I still had not found awife                                                                                                    I had my friends right there beside me

We scaled the wall                                                                                                                               We tripped through the graveyard                                                                                            Ancient shapes were all around us                                                                                                   No music but the wet grass felt fresh beside the fog                                                                  Two made love in a silent spot                                                                                                          one chased a rabbit into the dark                                                                                                        A girl got drunk & balled the dead                                                                                                   And I gave empty sermons to my head

Cemetery cool & quiet                                                                                                                     Hate to leave your sacred lay                                                                                                       Dread the milky coming of the day

I´d love to stay                                                                                                                                     I´d love to stay                                                                                                                                     I´d love to stay

When I was back there in my high school days I studied Morrison for some time. The Graveyard Poem became one of my all-time favorites and I have inscribed it in many obscure locations through the years. I woke up thinking about it and decided to see if I could find it on this great web of ours. I hadn’t actually read it for maybe 30 years and wanted to find out how closely I remembered it. All of my Morrison books went missing from storage around ‘88or‘89 so I have no original hard copy.  Even my tattered copy of “No One Here Gets Out Alive” seems to be gone.

The first couple of results had me questioning my memory. While I accepted that I may have had a couple of words wrong the fact that the whole end repeat was missing said “not it”. A couple of other results had lines from other poems and songs interlaced and also omitted the ending. I was about to just put it down the way I remember and then I found it word for word as I remember. So unless someone found and copied one of my obscure scribblings I believe this to be the way Jim put it down.

Thoughts on Morrison/cemeterys/empty sermons/anything??

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