Tried to run
Tried to hide

from The Doors – Break On Through (To The Other Side) Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Many people seek to escape from their suffering. Although distraction (whether through mood-altering substances or even healthier activities, such as exercise) may offer a temporary reprieve, the roots of the problem will never simply go away. This line could Morrison’s statement about the many people who have destroyed their lives by seeking an easy route to higher consciousness, and an acknowledgement that he knows it to be counter-productive.
Alternatively, it could be Jim stating that most people are afraid to go to the other side, and instead, they try to run and hide from that which they do not understand.

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