"When the Music's Over" is a song by American rock band The Doors, featured on their 1967 album Strange Days. The song, at almost eleven minutes long, is their third longest recorded song, behind "The End", at 11:42, and "Celebration of the Lizard", at 17:01. A 16:16 version appears on The Doors' 1970 album Absolutely Live.
When the band originally recorded the song, Jim Morrison did not show up for the session, so the band recorded it with Ray Manzarek singing. Jim ended up coming in the next day and had to re-record the vocals.
The song starts out with a jazzy riff featuring Ray Manzarek on organ and John Densmore on drums. Right at the beginning of the song, you can hear Jim Morrison say, "Yeah, come on," to add to the feel of the intro. Also the organ tune at the start is almost identical to the piece used in Soul Kitchen from the previous album. The band kicks in to start the first verse, which they repeat twice, and then Morrison sings the chorus. A guitar solo by Robby Krieger then commences, which lasts 44 seconds. Again, another song from the first album is recalled when Morrison sings, "Turn out the lights,"—it is performed in the same way as the lyric "End of the night"...