The snake was pale gold
Glazed and shrunken
We were afraid to touch it

from The Doors (Ft. Jim Morrison) – Celebration of the Lizard King Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

In all mythology Lizards are considered ‘evil’, sometimes the serpent is a symbol for rebirth for example in Greek and Egyptian culture but there’s almost always a evil reptile figure. In Morrison’s biography it briefly mentions his theory on how a primitive part of humans subconsciously fear reptiles. This could be because reptiles have the most basic brain… I’ll go on about this more in a later line.

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