|"When the Music's Over"|
|Song by The Doors|
|from the album Strange Days|
|Released||September 25, 1967|
|Recorded||May and August 1967|
|Genre||Psychedelic rock, proto-prog|
|Producer(s)||Paul A. Rothchild|
|Strange Days track listing|
Like several other songs from their second album Strange Days, it was composed before they had a record contract, being performed and elaborated in the summer of 1966 at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles. Especially in the early years, it would often be the opening song at their performances. One such gig was captured on the 2012 rerelease of the record and film Live at the Hollywood Bowl.
The final album version was recorded in September 1967. Morrison wanted the song to be recorded live in the studio without overdubs. However, after being absent from the original studio session for the better part of 24 hours, he found that the band refused to rerecord the song, and he was persuaded to have the vocals recorded on top of the original take (which had Manzarek on vocals)..
The song can be divided into five parts, where the fifth returns to the lyrics and theme of the first.
1."Turn out the lights/Dance on fire"
2."Cancel my subscription"
3."What have they done to the Earth?"
5. Return to the main themes
The passage starting with "what have they done to the Earth?" is an early example of environmental themes in rock music.