The Crystal Ship

The Crystal Ship
"The Crystal Ship"
Single by The Doors
from the album The Doors
A-side "Light My Fire"
Released April 1967
Format Vinyl
Recorded August 1966
Genre Psychedelic rock
Length 2:30
Label Elektra Records
Writer(s) The Doors
Producer The Doors
Paul A. Rothchild
The Doors singles chronology
"Break on Through (To the Other Side)"
"Light My Fire"
"People Are Strange"

"The Crystal Ship" is a song by The Doors from their 1967 debut album The Doors. It was also the B-Side of the number-one hit single, "Light My Fire." It is regarded as a love song to Jim Morrison's first love, Mary Werbelow.

It has been suggested that the inspiration for the "crystal ship" image is an obscure Celtic legend from "The Book of the Dun Cow" in which the hero Connla is wooed by a fairy princess who carries him away to the land of the fairies in a crystal boat. It has also been speculated that the image may refer to Platform Holly, an oil rig off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, which glitters like a crystal ship when lit up at night.

Notable covers

References and appearances

The song has also appeared in television. An episode of Supernatural (season two's "Born Under a Bad Sign") uses the song in a particularly dark setting.

During the '70s and early '80s, there was a Doors cover band from New Jersey called "The Crystal Ship".

In the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas a radio DJ (voiced by Guns N' Roses lead singer Axl Rose) states that he used to be in a band called Crystal Ship.

Japanese psychedelic band Suishou no Fune's name translates to "Crystal Ship".

The Smashing Pumpkins covered this song live in 1989.

Ray Manzarek, the Doors' keyboardist, covered this song as a flawlessly nuanced piano solo on his 2008 album "Ballads Before the Rain", which otherwise consisted of instrumental duets with guitarist Roy Rogers.

Nevermore covered this song on the limited release of their 2010 album The Obsidian Conspiracy.

The song also appeared in the 1989 film True Believer starring James Woods and Robert Downey Jr.


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