The Doors released their dark and doom-laden debut exactly 50 years ago today. Of the many unsettling moments on this pioneering 1967 release, perhaps the “Alabama Song” is the creepiest. That makes pretty good sense considering it was actually written in Germany in the 1920s. If you think Morrison’s version is kind of icky, check out the original recording. Written by legendary German opera composer Kurt Weill and sung here by his wife Lotte Lenya, “Alabama Song” cranks the ick-factor up to eleven.
Lotte Lenya (1930)
The Doors (1967)