You’re Lost Little Girl, by The Doors

Paul Stewart - Tracy Stratford in The Twilight Zone, Episode 91: Little Girl Lost (1962)
Paul Stewart – Tracy Stratford in The Twilight Zone, Episode 91: Little Girl Lost (1962)

The Doors released their second album Strange Days in September 1967. Many fans consider it as the band’s most original and creative album. Its second track is a song called “You’re Lost Little Girl,” about a little girl who is lost, but knows what to do. For this song, the singer Jim Morrison was requested to relax, not to shout, so that his voice would sound like that of Frank Sinatra.

Here is a video from the official YouTube channel of The Doors:

There is also a 2017 remastered version from that same channel. I give below the lyrics, adapted from Genius and AZLyrics:

You’re lost little girl
You’re lost little girl
You’re lost
Tell me who
Are you?

Think that you know what to do
Impossible? Yes, but it’s true
I think that you know what to do, yeah
Sure that you know what to do

You’re lost little girl
You’re lost little girl
You’re lost
Tell me who
Are you?

Think that you know what to do
Impossible? Yes, but it’s true
I think that you know what to do, girl
Sure that you know what to do

You’re lost little girl
You’re lost little girl
You’re lost

One often considers that this song is inspired by the passionate love relation between the band’s singer Morrison and Pamela Courson. However, as indicated by Genius, the song probably refers to William Blake’s poem “A Little Girl Lost” in his 1794 collection Songs of Experience. Indeed, Jim Morrison, a poet in his own right, knew William Blake very well, and several of his songs seem to contain references to works by the visionary poet.

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