Light My Fire by The Doors

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Light My Fire by The Doors

The Doors Light My Fire

Psychedelic Rock Music

The song “Light My Fire” is credited to The Doors (the entire band) and was mostly written by group member Robby Krieger. It was released on the album The Doors and then as a single. It became an international success. In 1967, it went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, U.S. Cash Box Top 100, and the Irish Singles Chart. It was #2 in Canada, #16 in Australia, and #27 in The Netherlands. In the U.K., it was #49 (with a 1991 reissue going to #7). The song sold more than one million copies and earned an RIAA golden record. The album version was more than 7 minutes long, but since so many radio stations requested it, the single version was cut to under three minutes so it could be played by the AM stations.

In September, 1967, The Doors appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show to play “Light My Fire.” The Doors were asked to change the lyric “girl, we couldn’t get much higher” because the sponsors were uncomfortable with the drug reference. During the rehearsal, they changed it to “girl, we couldn’t get much better.” During the performance, though, Jim Morrison sang it was written. That caused a rift with Ed Sullivan, and a multi-show deal fell through.

The Doors were Jim Morrison (vocals, Ray Manzarek (keyboards), Robby Krieger (guitar), and John Densmore (drums). The band took their name for the Aldous Huxley book The Doors of Perception, which chronicled his experiences when taking mescaline. Jim Morrison said , “there are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors.”

Here are the lyrics to “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”

Check Out The Groove Pad for More 1960s Music

The Pass the Paisley Groove Pad is a resting stop, a place to chill out and listen to the featured song on the stereo. If the mood strikes you, click on the juke box to access and listen to the 50+ commercial free online songs there. The TV has several channels, with selections updated twice a week. Every now and then, Pass the Paisley hosts an all-request of 1960s and 1970s songs for a Be-In at the juke box in the Groove Pad. Keep on truckin’. Hope you enjoyed “Light My Fire” by The Doors.

 

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