The Doors:The Hitchhiker

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“Lament”
Artist: The Doors
Albums: An American Prayer (1978)


Thoughts in time and out of season
      The Hitchhiker
Stood by the side of the road
And leveled his thumb
In the calm calculus of reason.

Hi. How you doin'? I just got back into town. L.A.
I was out on the desert for awhile.
      Riders on the storm
Yeah. In the middle of it.
      Riders on the storm
Right…
      Into this world we're born
Hey, listen, man, I really got a problem.
      Into this world we're thrown
Well, eh… when I was out on the desert, ya know,
      Like a dog without a bone
      An actor out on loan
Ah… I don't know how to tell you,
      Riders on the storm
but, ah, I killed somebody.
      There's a killer on the road
No…
      His brain is squirming like a toad
It's no big deal, ya know,
I don't think anybody will find out about it, but…
      Take a long holiday
just, ah…
      Let your children play
Oh, this guy gave me a ride, and ah…
      If you give this man a ride
started giving me a lot of trouble,
      Sweet family will die
and I just couldn't take it, ya know?
      Killer on the road
And I wasted him.
      Yeah.