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The Doors, ‘Unknown Soldier’ – Songs About Soldiers

The Doors Waiting for the SunThe Doors voiced their not-so-veiled opposition to the Vietnam War with ‘Unknown Soldier,’ the first single from 1968’s ‘Waiting for the Sun.’

It’s a trademark Doors track marked by Ray Manzarek‘s signature organ riffing, topped off with an ironic Jim Morrison musing on how children were watching the war at home on TV as their fathers were getting killed: “Breakfast where the news is read / Television children fed / Unborn living, living, dead / Bullet strikes the helmet’s head / And it’s all over for the unknown soldier.”

Morrison directed a promotional clip that featured him getting killed, which the band then re-staged live at their concerts for the song’s finale.

Next: The Toll of War


Watch the ‘Unknown Soldier’ Promotional Clip by the Doors

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