“The Unknown Soldier” was the first single released from The Doors third studio album, WAITING FOR THE SUN. It was a biting political commentary on The Vietnam War which was raging at the time. It proved to be a little to controversial for AM radio as it only reached number 39 on the American charts during March of 1968.
The song came complete with gunshots and long pauses which while heightning the tension of the lyrics, took away from the musical flow. When The Doors performed the song live, guitarist Robbie Krieger would shoot Morrison with his guitar.
While it was a bold statement, it would be lost in the many protest songs of the day. The Doors would return to their dark psychedelic roots leaving behind this artifact of The Vietnam era.