Lauren Ruth Ward – “Soul Kitchen” (Track of the Day)

Lauren Ruth Ward performs two shows in Vancouver the last week of April. She opens for LP (on the Heart to Mouth tour) at the Orpheum on April 23 (almost sold out at press-time) and then plays the Biltmore Cabaret on Sunday, April 28 with Jesse Jo Stark. Biltmore tickets: $15 advance online from Ticketmaster or available by phone at 1-855-985-5000. Doors: 7 p.m., Show: 8 p.m. 19+

Ward released the Happy Birthday Jim EP, a seven-track homage to Jim Morrison featuring all Doors songs, on Dec. 18. 2018: “L.A. Woman,” “Soul Kitchen,” “Break on Through (To the Other Side),” “Love Street,” “Riders on the Storm,” “Hello, I Love You,” and “Love Her Madly.”

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Each song was assigned its own colour of the rainbow and released with its own original video production featuring the work of different videographers including Moriah Overell, Tess O’Connor, Angela Izzo, Nicol Biesek, Dara Jaffe and Stephen Archer. The orange-themed “Soul Kitchen” video was created by Aaron Eisenberg with art direction by Robb Fidel.

Jim Morrison wrote “Soul Kitchen” as a tribute to a soul food restaurant, Olivia’s, in Venice Beach, where he used to hang out a lot.

The Doors recorded the song in Aug. 1966 and it appears on their self-titled debut album.


Soul Kitchen

Well, the clock says it’s time to close now

I guess I’d better go now

I’d really like to stay here all night

The cars crawl past all stuffed with eyes

Street lights shed their hollow glow

Your brain seems bruised with numb surprise

Still one place to go

Still one place to go



Let me sleep all night in your soul kitchen

Warm my mind near your gentle stove

Turn me out and I’ll wander baby

Stumblin’ in the neon groves


Well, your fingers weave quick minarets

Speak in secret alphabets

I light another cigarette

Learn to forget, learn to forget

Learn to forget, learn to forget

- Jim Morrison




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