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Light My Fire
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Light My Fire

The Doors
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The Doors

Song Meaning of Light My Fire by The Doors


The first song Robby Krieger ever wrote with some inputs from Jim Morrison and arrangements from the rest of the band.


“It’s like I’d saved up all these ideas in my mind and got them out all at once,” Krieger said.

The song catapulted the Doors to overnight fame, which Krieger said was part of Morrison’s plan: “Jim had this idea of the band being a shooting star,” Krieger said.


“Fire” is seven minutes on the LP but was cut down to three for the single and radio.


"Light My Fire" is a song by the American rockband the Doors.


It was released 1967 on their eponymous debut album.


Due to its erotic lyrics and innovative structure, the song has come to be regarded a synonymous with the 60s psychedelic and sexual revolutions.


Although the song was principally written by the band's guitarist, Robby Krieger, it was credited to the entire band, and has since been recognized as one of the earliest psychedelic rock tracks ever.


Robby Krieger told Guitar World “Jim had been writing all the songs and then one day we realized we didn't have enough tunes, so he said, "Hey, why don't you guys try and write songs?" I wrote "Light My Fire" that night and brought it to the next rehearsal ... It's always kind of bugged me that so many people don't know I was the composer.”


Robby Krieger said that he was inspired by the melody of "Hey Joe" and the lyrics of the Rolling Stones' "Play with Fire".


On taking his initial composition to the band, John Densmore suggested that it should have more of a Latin rhythm, Jim Morrison wrote the second verse and part of the chorus ("Try to set the night on fire"), while Ray Manzarek added the Bach-influenced introductory organ motif; Densmore also suggested that it should open with a single snare drum hit.


The song spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.


The song was also awarded the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1978.


Song lyrics of Light My Fire by The Doors


You know that it would be untrue

You know that I would be a liar

If I was to say to you

Girl, we couldn't get much higher

 

Come on, baby, light my fire

Come on, baby, light my fire

Try to set the night on fire

 

The time to hesitate is through

No time to wallow in the mire

Try, now we can only lose

And our love become a funeral pyre

 

Come on, baby, light my fire

Come on, baby, light my fire

Try to set the night on fire

Yeah

 

The time to hesitate is through

No time to wallow in the mire

Try, now we can only lose

And our love become a funeral pyre

 

Come on, baby, light my fire

Come on, baby, light my fire

Try to set the night on fire

Yeah!

 

You know that it would be untrue

You know that I would be a liar

If I was to say to you

Girl, we couldn't get much higher

 

Come on, baby, light my fire

Come on, baby, light my fire

Try to set the night on fire

Try to set the night on fire

Try to set the night on fire

Try to set the night on fire

Release Date

1967

Songwriter/s

Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, John Densmore, Ray Manzarek

Producer/s

Paul A. Rothchild

Label/s

Elektra

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