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According to band member Robby Krieger, it was inspired by the song "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend." The song is played in the E Dorian mode, and incorporates real sound effects of thunder and rain, along with Ray Manzarek's Fender Rhodes electric piano playing, which emulates the sound of rain.

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1969-02-25 "Rock Is Dead" Studio Session - Sunset Sound Recorders - Hollywood, CA

James Pamela (2011, November 8). The Doors Rock Me from"Rock is Dead" Session 1969 VideoClip [Video file]. Retrieved from www.youtube.com

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James Pamela (2011, November 8). The Doors Love Me Tender/Save the whole world Recorded on Studio 1969 [Video file]. Retrieved from www.youtube.com
Jim Morrison by Stephan Beauvais

Jim Morrison Project

The Jim Morrison Project is an audio & visual anthology detailing the life of Jim Morrison through his poetry, films, art, spoken word & music with The Doors.