L.A. Woman (song)

"L.A. Woman" is a song by the American rock band the Doors. The song is the title track of their 1971 album L.A. Woman, the final album to feature Jim Morrison before his death on July 3, 1971. LA Weekly named it No.1 on their list of "the 20 best songs about the city of Los Angeles".[1]

"L.A. Woman"
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Morrison's handwritten original lyrics
Song by the Doors
from the album L.A. Woman
ReleasedApril 1971 (1971-04)
RecordedDecember 1970 – January 1971
StudioThe Doors' Workshop, Los Angeles
Songwriter(s)Jim Morrison

In the song's bridge, Morrison repeats the phrase "Mr. Mojo Risin'," which is an anagram of his name "Jim Morrison".[2] The song's lyrics were inspired by John Rechy’s transgressive 1963 novel City of Night.[3][4] In 1985, fourteen years after Morrison's death, Ray Manzarek directed and Rick Schmidlin produced a music video for the song.[citation needed] It was aired on MTV and included in the Doors film Dance on Fire.

A yellow sheet of lined A4 paper with the lyrics of "L.A. Woman" written by Jim Morrison, was auctioned in Berkshire, UK for £13,000 on August 4, 2009.[5]


  1. ^ "The 20 Best Songs Ever Written About L.A." LA Weekly. October 15, 2014. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  2. ^ "Mr Mojo Risin'". BBC Radio 2. June 29, 2011. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  3. ^ Allen, Jim. "The Story behind the songs of the Doors' last hurrah, L.A. Woman". ultimateclassicrock.com.
  4. ^ Inman, Davis (2012-02-20). "The Doors, "L.A. Woman"". American Songwriter. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  5. ^ "Jim Morrison's lyrics open The Doors at auction for $20,700". Paulfrasercollectibles.com. Archived from the original on March 18, 2012. Retrieved September 4, 2014.

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