Jim Morrison’s Ode to L.A. While Thinking of Brian Jones, Deceased

Jim Morrison’s poem Ode to L.A. While Thinking of Brian Jones, Deceased was distributed at each of The Doors’ July 1969 shows at the Aquarius Theatre on Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, California. Alan Graham notes that Morrison was “passing the poem out to everyone he met. It was published in pamphlet form on pale green bleached parchment with olive green ink.”

 

Ode to La while thinking of Brian Jones Deceased

Ode to La while thinking of Brian Jones Deceased

 

Brian Jones, an original member of the Rolling Stones, drowned in the swimming pool at his home in England on July 3 1969 (although other reports claim he died before midnight on July 2). He was 27. Two years later, on July 3, 1971, Jim Morrison died.

 

Ode to La while thinking of Brian Jones Deceased

 

Transcription:

I’m a resident of a city
They’ve just picked me to play
the Prince of Denmark

Poor Ophelia

All those ghosts he never saw
Floating to doom
On an iron candle

Come back, brave warrior
Do the dive
On another channel

Hot buttered pool
Where’s Marrakesh
Under the falls
the wild storm
where savages fell out
in late afternoon
monsters of rhythm

You’ve left your
Nothing
to compete w/
Silence

I hope you went out
Smiling
Like a child
Into the cool remnant
of a dream

The angel man
w/ Serpents competing
for his palms
& fingers
Finally claimed
This benevolent
Soul

Ophelia

Leaves, sodden
in silk

Chlorine
dream
mad stifled
Witness

The diving board, the plunge
The pool

You were a fighter
a damask musky muse

You were the bleached
Sun
for TV afternoon

horned-toads
maverick of a yellow spot

Look now to where it’s got
You

in meat heaven
w/ the cannibals
& jews

The gardener
Found
The body, rampant, Floating

Lucky Stiff
What is this green pale stuff
You’re made of

Poke holes in the goddess
Skin

Will he Stink
Carried heavenward
Thru the halls
of music

No Chance.

Requiem for a heavy
That smile
That porky satyr’s
leer
has leaped upward

into the loam

Jim Morrison Los Angeles 1969