Saturday, May 25, 2024

I am the lizard king


Far out! I was enjoying exploring random lines and lyrics that very few people under 60 will recognize. Though I'd like to think Jim Morrison is pretty iconic. "I am the Lizard King" was a line in Morrison's poem "Celebration of the Lizard" which was also incorporated in the Doors' song, "Not to Touch the Earth" in 1968 (when I was 10). 

Morrison was a bit of a whack job. But I mean that in the most respectful way possible. He is a good example of a person being in the right place and the right time to utter gibberish and have it quoted for decades because Jim Morrison was famous. 

He died in Paris at the age of 27. So maybe dying young also helps cement your place in posterity.

I toyed with making Elvis the Lizard King as well.

This image kind of reminds me of a scene with Johnny Depp portraying Hunter S. Thompson with a giant lizard tail in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."  Johnny Depp and Hunter S. Thompson are both pretty much whack jobs as well.

But this image of Elvis as the Lizard King is also kind of symbolic of him turning into a Lounge Lizard in Las Vegas in the 70s. And that wasn't even my intention. 

BTW, Hunter S. Thompson offed himself at the age of 67 at his home in Woody Creek, Colorado. So I don't know what that does to my theory of dying young and securing your place in posterity.  Though I don't think too many people can quote Hunter S. Thompson these days. Though I was always fond of "I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me."

Thompson also said, "Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 'Wow! What a ride!'"

I think that explains him killing himself. He was just ready to get off the ride.

Which leads to another of his quotes: "Buy the ticket, take the ride."

There is a t-shirt there in one or all of those quotes.

On that note, I'll say good knight.

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