By Jim Johnson

A poem believed to be among the last — if not the last — that Jim Morrison wrote in Paris before his 1971 death, is now on sale as part of a live auction which ends on June 25th. Auctioneers Paddle8 expect the 10-line poem to sell for between $60,000 and $80,000. Morrison was found dead in the bathtub of his Paris apartment on July 3rd, 1971 by his longtime companion, Pamela Courson. The local coroner ruled the official cause of death for the 27-year-old Doors frontman as “heart attack induced by respiratory problems.” Morrison was buried in Paris’ Pere Lachaise Cemetery on July 9th of that year.

Simeon Lipman, a specialist who works on Paddle8’s music memorabilia auctions told, “Obviously, we don’t know if it’s the last thing he ever wrote. . . but it was among the last things he ever wrote — certainly.”

  • Lipmann went on to say, “What stands out is the fact that the one on page 152 was indeed the last page of the notebook. I actually saw the notebook when it was intact years ago and I remember seeing that last page and those last words and thinking, ‘Wow, this is pretty powerful stuff.’ His writings can be taken so many different ways. Personally I like to visualize what he’s saying. . . That’s what makes his songs and poems so relevant today because people can envision them.”
  • The poem on the loose notebook page was found “inside Morrison’s ‘Fascination Trunk,’ which contained other personal belongings including books and other notebooks.”


Jim Morrison’s untitled poem reads:

I have a vision of America
28,000 feet & going fast

I have drunk the drug
of forget fullness

Leave the informed sense
in our wake

You be Christ
on this package tour

Money beats soul

Last words, last words out


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