The Doors - Roadhouse Blues




"Roadhouse Blues" is a song by the American rock band the Doors, which appears on the 1970 album Morrison Hotel.


The song was recorded over two days, from November 4 to 5, 1969. Producer Paul A. Rothchild insisted on several takes, some of which were included on the 2006 remastered album. Morrison, who was apparently intoxicated, flubbed several lyrics and keep repeating the phrase "Money beats soul every time".


There was more progress on the second day, when resident Elektra Records guitarist Lonnie Mack joined in to play bass (Ray Neapolitan, the regular bass player during Morrison Hotel sessions, had been stuck in traffic). Although there has been speculation that Mack also contributed the guitar solo, he confirmed that he had played bass and nothing else. Mack had quit touring and was working for Elektra at the time, but returned to music after playing bass at the session.


Guitarist Robby Krieger is responsible for all guitar parts on "Roadhouse Blues"; Morrison shouts "Do it, Robby, do it!" (especially audible on the official audio proof of DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD where the single vocal track can be separated from other instruments) at the start of the guitar solo. Ray Manzarek switched from a Wurlitzer electric piano to a tack piano (the same type as used on the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations"). Ex-Lovin' Spoonful frontman John Sebastian contributed harmonica (listed as "G. Puglese" for contractual reasons).





Lyrics


Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel

Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel

Yeah, we're goin' to the Roadhouse

Gonna have a real

Good time


Yeah, in back of the Roadhouse they got some bungalows

Yeah, in back of the Roadhouse they got some bungalows

Death's for the people

Who like to go down slow


Let it roll, baby, roll

Let it roll, baby, roll

Let it roll, baby, roll

Let it roll, all night long


You gotta roll, roll, roll

You gotta thrill my soul, alright


Roll, roll, roll, roll, a'thrill my soul

Ya gotta beep a gonk a chucha

Honk konk konk

Ya gotta, each you puna

Each ya, bop a lula

Each ya'll, bump a kechonk

Ease some konk

Ya, ride


Ashen lady, Ashen lady

Give up your vows, give up your vows

Save our city, save our city

Right now


And I woke up, good mornin', and I got myself a beer

Yeah, I woke up, good mornin', and I got myself a beer

The future's uncertain and the end is always near


Let it roll, baby, roll

Let it roll, baby, roll

Let it roll, baby, roll

Let it roll, all night long