Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)

Another Friday is finally here.  For today’s song I would like to feature a lesser known song by my second favorite groups of all time.  The song is Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar) by the Doors.  I’ve also included a live version from the Hollywood Bowl in 1968.  Here is a live version from a concert in 1969.  Here is a live version from Stockholm, Sweden.  Jim actually sings a portion of Mack the Knife to start it off.

The song is a very old song that has its roots in Germany.  It is a very simple little ditty, but Jim Morrison just does something magical with the lyrics.  I really dig this song man.  Enjoy!

The “Alabama Song” (also known as “Whisky Bar” or “Moon over Alabama” or “Moon of Alabama“) was originally published in Bertolt Brecht‘s Hauspostille (1927).  It was set to music by Kurt Weill for the 1927 “Songspiel” Mahagonny and used again in Weill’s and Brecht’s 1930 opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.  In the latter, it is performed by the character Jenny and her fellow prostitutes in the first act.  Musically it contains elements of foxtrot and blues.  The song was first performed and recorded by the Viennese actress and dancer Lotte Lenya (Weill’s wife).  She first publicly sang the song as the character Jessie in the 1927 Baden-Baden Festival performance of Mahagonny Songspiel.  Lenya first recorded the song in 1930 for the Ultraphon record label.  This recording was released to coincide with the Leipzig premiere of Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny despite the fact that Lenya was not a member of the cast.  Lenya continued to perform and record the song throughout her life.

The lyrics for the “Alabama Song” are in English (albeit specifically idiosyncratic English) and are performed in that language even when the opera is performed in its original German.  The English text was made by Brecht’s close collaborator, Elisabeth Hauptmann, on the author’s behalf.  The text dates back to 1925.

The song was recorded in 1966 by the rock group The Doors (credited in their albums as “Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)”).  The lead singer of the Doors, Jim Morrison, changed the second verse from:

Show us the way to the next pretty boy to Show me the way to the next little girl.

In addition, the verse from the original, Show me the way to the next little dollar is omitted.  Keyboardist Ray Manzarek plays the marxophone on this song along with the organ and keyboard bass.

Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)

performed by the Doors

Well, show me the way
To the next whiskey bar
Oh, don’t ask why
Oh, don’t ask why
Show me the way
To the next whiskey bar
Oh, don’t ask why
Oh, don’t ask why
For if we don’t find
The next whiskey bar
I tell you we must die
I tell you we must die
I tell you, I tell you
I tell you we must die
Oh, moon of Alabama
We now must say goodbye
We’ve lost our good old mama
And must have whiskey, oh, you know why
Oh, moon of Alabama
We now must say goodbye
We’ve lost our good old mama
And must have whiskey, oh, you know why
Well, show me the way
To the next little girl
Oh, don’t ask why
Oh, don’t ask why
Show me the way
To the next little girl
Oh, don’t ask why
Oh, don’t ask why
For if we don’t find
The next little girl
I tell you we must die
I tell you we must die
I tell you, I tell you
I tell you we must die
Oh, moon of Alabama
We now must say goodbye
We’ve lost our good old mama
And must have whiskey, oh, you know why

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