https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgQg3J7xU1k On The Record Legend has it that this thumping live favourite from Morrison Hotel was inspired by none other than a young Alice Cooper during his time spent as Morrisons drinking buddy in the late sixties. As recounted by Cooper himself, the story goes that on one particularly hazy morning he found himself flopped out with Morrison on a couch, and when prompted by Morrison with the question of how his day was panning out, he uttered the immortal line (below), thus planting the seeds of Roadhouse Blues. Mind you, Cooper cant take credit for the songs bluesy harmonica courtesy of Lovin Spoonfuls John Sebastian killer playing from Manzarek, guest bass work from guitar pioneer Lonnie Mack and Morrisons inspired bridge (You gotta beep a gunk a chucha), which even Captain Beefheart had trouble bettering for some of the most bonkers rock and roll lyrics to ever be chanted on a record. A true whisky anthem. Waxing Lyrical Well, I woke up this morning, and I got myself a beer/ the future's uncertain, and the end is always near. It may not be poetry, but this is The Doors at their rocking best.
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