"[F]ourteen or fifteen minutes of a wandering piece of music that barely was a song, random phrases and passages of near silence heading in no apparent direction, pretentious pronouncements ('What have they done to the earth? What have they done to our fair sister?') and self-consciously poetic imagery ('I want to hear / The scream of the butterfly') punctuated mainly by convincingly psychotic screams -- if anything was likely to produce walkouts, this was. Unless the first notes of the thing went straight through you and ricocheted back again from the other side, leaving you feeling as if your legs were water, which those notes could do. The piece ['When the Music's Over'] appeared on record nine months after The Doors
, in September 1967, closing out Strange Days
" (Greil Marcus, The Doors
, pp. 60-61).
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