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The Doors — Light My Fire
Album: The Doors
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Released: 1967
Length: 7:04
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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
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Arguably one of the greatest debut albums ever.
If there was a Hall of Fame just for rock and roll songs, this one is in on the first ballot. 
uh oh  "Rock Mix" button  got mixed up with "Mellow Mix"                                                   needs more Bass     needs any Bass
 LaurieinTucson wrote:
my favorite song in the 4th grade
at V I Grissom elementary on Clark air base in the Philippines!
 
One of my very favorite 1967 summer songs after 6th grade in Clark, NJ. (Among my other about 29 favorite other tunes of that unsurpassed year in popular music.) 
 Baby_M wrote:
There's an interesting article by columnist Mark Steyn on the influences behind this song:

. . . the next time The Sound Of Music turns up on TV and Julie Andrews starts going on about bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, remember that there's a direct line between those brown paper packages tied up with strings and wallowing in the mire when our love becomes a funeral pyre. "My Favorite Things" was one of Ray Manzarek's favorite things, and he drew on it for "Light My Fire."
 

Very interesting.  I do notice a bit of resemblance in the melody. 
 justin4kick wrote:

The organ solo will still stand straight up when we're all on Viagra.


To me 7 - Quite Likeable   but sadly very a WEAK  7  
my favorite song in the 4th grade
at V I Grissom elementary on Clark air base in the Philippines!
 h8rhater wrote:

I dont (sic) care how many hundreds of thousands of times i (sic) hear these whiners - they still suck. 

 
{#Moon}{#No}

Show hater the door. 



Ain't a thing wrong with this track except maybe not hearing it anywhere often enough. 
 sergeant_x wrote:
It's a decent song. But time has not been kind to that organ solo.

 
The organ solo will still stand straight up when we're all on Viagra.
There's an interesting article by columnist Mark Steyn on the influences behind this song:

. . . the next time The Sound Of Music turns up on TV and Julie Andrews starts going on about bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, remember that there's a direct line between those brown paper packages tied up with strings and wallowing in the mire when our love becomes a funeral pyre. "My Favorite Things" was one of Ray Manzarek's favorite things, and he drew on it for "Light My Fire."
In 1967 I was in Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista, CA.  One of the best profs I ever had used to let us play boom boxes in chem lab.  He knew that the music could help us focus.  Lotsa Doors, Credence and Hendrix.  BTW Jim was in a Navy family and I met his younger brother in Coronado.  I think Jim would have been more interesting as a friend.
 Nerubo wrote:
Since the haters seem to be more vocal, despite the 8.2 rating (as of April Fools 2015), here is some love:

I love a great organ solo, and this song is one of my all time favorites.  It does get played a lot on classic rock stations, and that has ruined some songs for me — but not this one.  

Also, it occurs to me that I live in Colorado, and I have never listened to the Doors while high.  How is that even possible? What have I been doing with my life?  Bucket list addition!

 
I was a bigbig Doors fan as a teenager and I never got high while listening to them. Don't worry about it, Nerubo. 

I always chuckle when Jim first sings "Try to set the night on fye-uh"...He can get his chops around "higher", though. 

I do wish the Doors had stuck around a little longer but I also wonder whether they would have lost their cool after a few more years... 
 gjr wrote:
i dont care how many hundreds of thousands of times i hear this song - it still sucks.  and it HASN'T gotten better with age.....please, bill, leave this song on the"corporate classic rock" stations where it belongs.... whats next?  stairway to heaven?

 
I dont (sic) care how many hundreds of thousands of times i (sic) hear these whiners - they still suck. 
 kingart wrote:

What he said. This is one of the greatest. Timeless. And it is one of the theme tracks for some of my fondest and most indelible memories. The summer of 1967 was my season in suburban paradise. 
 

 
yes, you had to be there. we were all a bit foolish
Since the haters seem to be more vocal, despite the 8.2 rating (as of April Fools 2015), here is some love:

I love a great organ solo, and this song is one of my all time favorites.  It does get played a lot on classic rock stations, and that has ruined some songs for me — but not this one.  

Also, it occurs to me that I live in Colorado, and I have never listened to the Doors while high.  How is that even possible? What have I been doing with my life?  Bucket list addition!


 Fotay wrote:
I don't care how many thousands of times I hear this song.  I LOVE IT.  Thanks Bill.  

 
 
What he said. This is one of the greatest. Timeless. And it is one of the theme tracks for some of my fondest and most indelible memories. The summer of 1967 was my season in suburban paradise. 
 
The organ's the thing here.  
It's a decent song. But time has not been kind to that organ solo.
PS. - play Stairway to Heaven.  
I don't care how many thousands of times I hear this song.  I LOVE IT.  Thanks Bill.  







 
 WonderLizard wrote:
RIP, Ray Manzarek. And he played the bass on one keyboard while playing that incredible, signature organ on another.

 
He did indeed. And didn't you just love those rimless octagonal glasses?
i dont care how many hundreds of thousands of times i hear this song - it still sucks.  and it HASN'T gotten better with age.....please, bill, leave this song on the"corporate classic rock" stations where it belongs.... whats next?  stairway to heaven?
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Wow, I wasn't aware 'til I saw your post. A key player in one of the all-time great bands (haters be damned).
Of course he plays a big part in this song and I always loved his piano solo on Riders on the Storm.

 
The band members all went away having decided they'd all have a go at writing, and Robbie Krieger came back with this. Simplicity and pure inspired genius.
Recalibrated my little world.  Still rocks on a level that requires sunglasses in public.
That organ grates on my nerves.  Yuck.  IMO The Doors were highly over-rated.
Unimpressed. Sounds exactly like vintage Doors.
You ruined "Stranger by the Minute" by following it with this piece of crap
 WonderLizard wrote:
RIP, Ray Manzarek. And he played the bass on one keyboard while playing that incredible, signature organ on another.
 
Wow, I wasn't aware (of Ray's passing) 'til I saw your post. A key player in one of the all-time great bands (haters be damned).
Of course he plays a big part in this song and I always loved his piano solo on Riders on the Storm.
 WonderLizard wrote:
RIP, Ray Manzarek.

 
Amen. {#Bananapiano}  I cut my rock n roll teeth on this album.  I remember vividly asking mom or dad to turn it up a little when what ever Doors was playin would come on.  Ah the memories of those sunny days of an 8 year old.  {#Notworthy}
1980   -   Sixth-grade
Found this vinyl sitting amongst all of Dad's weird "old dude" records.  Looked interesting.  Headphones, comfy, fat, leather chair and over the course of the next week.... I had my first real taste.  Rock 'n Roll baby! 
This was my gateway.
Asked around, to this day, no one can tell me where the record came from or how it ended up next to our family's turntable that night....
RIP, Ray Manzarek. And he played the bass on one keyboard while playing that incredible, signature organ on another.
Missing Ray...

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
 unclehud wrote:
Verses and chorus are proof that they had songwriting talent.  Personally, I like the extended solos/jamming/noodling even though others do not.  No matter your opinion of the 'bonus material', there's no denying their abilities to create poetry and melody.
 
I think the instrumental bits are stunning - everything melds together seamlessly and all the instruments evoke the element of fire!  And Bill's right, it was mind-altering when it came out in '67.
Verses and chorus are proof that they had songwriting talent.  Personally, I like the extended solos/jamming/noodling even though others do not.  No matter your opinion of the 'bonus material', there's no denying their abilities to create poetry and melody.


"Well, we’re all in the cosmic movie; you know that! That means the day you die, you gotta watch your whole life recurring eternally forever, in CinemaScope, 3-D. So you better have some good incidents happenin’ in there... and a fitting climax!" — The End of "Light my Fire" (18:52) on Disc 2 of The Doors: Live in Detroit.

 


 jim1964 wrote:

I was stationed in Philly in '69 and I remember how the local underground FM station played that song a lot and the djs spent a lot of airtime talking about Author Brown and how strange his shows were.
 
That would have been WDAS.  Hy Lit and My Father's Son were the two DJ's I remember from those days.  My Father's Son had the 10 till whenever shift.  We went down to the studio and hung out a few times during his show.  We could smoke right handers in the studio, but had to  go outside for the left handers. 

I can guarantee that very few dj's were in the studio actually listening to InnAGaddaDaVida when it was playing back in those days.

C'mon Bill dust this off again.  Been awhile.




The Doors Robby Krieger by ~pinkstarlights
©2010 ~pinkstarlights

The Doors' Robby Krieger

Come on baby, light my fire~
Shot at Monterrey, Mexico

-Alicia



I heard this when it was first released while I was in San Diego.  You had to be there, and I LOVE the guitar solo!
 alanthecowboy wrote:

Tell me about it.  That guitar solo has to be one of the lamest ever recorded, at least until Nickleback hit the scene.

 
OK, that made me LOL.

But the wailing organ solo was always a fave in the days of an AM radio with one speaker in the middle of the dashboard.

 kalkin84 wrote:
ok, the screeching needs to stop.
 
Tell me about it.  That guitar solo has to be one of the lamest ever recorded, at least until Nickleback hit the scene.

This song gets better each time I hear it.

The Doors - "Light My Fire" Live (1967)
"The Doors were founded by Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison in Los Angeles in 1965. They released their eponymous debut album, which contained their hit single Light My Fire, in 1967 and went on to be one of the most controversial and influential rock acts of the sixties. Jim Morrison's early death in Paris in 1971 only served to fuel their legend and both he and the band have continued to enjoy iconic status for more than thirty years."

The Doors and Eddie Vedder - "Light My Fire" Live (1993)
"Ray also looks much cooler if he can sit and shake his head as he improvs it out! The original keyboards, which I believe he still has, are just plain are better. I don't like the modern keyboards, they don't have that magical quality. The only organ I want to get from our modern era is the Clavia Nord C1 Combo Organ. It has copied the sounds of the Flavia, Hammond B3, and Vox Continental on almost a scary level. They are AMAZING! Ray should really use one of those when he performs! "
 redstorm wrote:
this sounds like a '68 camaro, 350 cubic inches, of hot damn fun! {#Motor}
 
That bad huh?

A '70 Hemi 'Cuda would sound much better.

 kurtster wrote:

Saw them in Philly in '69.  Remember it, too.  A great freakin show.  Jacob's Feather was the opener.
 
I was stationed in Philly in '69 and I remember how the local underground FM station played that song a lot and the djs spent a lot of airtime talking about Author Brown and how strange his shows were.

 jagdriver wrote:

I AM THE GOD OF HELL FIRE AND I BRING YOU....

Oh, sorry...wrong song. But it is interesting that The Crazy World of Arthur Brown opened for the Doors in Detroit all those years ago. Personally, I think Arthur's Crazy World <click here> topped any act the Doors could have put on that evening.


 

YOU CANNOT PETITION THE LORD WITH PRAYER!

whoops... wrong song again.  We trekked to Detroit a few times for rock shows back in the day.  Cobo Arena was a great place to watch a concert.


finally, a doors song i've never heard before! 
ok, the screeching needs to stop.
 jagdriver wrote:
I AM THE GOD OF HELL FIRE AND I BRING YOU....

Oh, sorry...wrong song. But it is interesting that The Crazy World of Arthur Brown opened for the Doors in Detroit all those years ago. Personally, I think Arthur's Crazy World <click here> topped any act the Doors could have put on that evening.


 
Saw them in Philly in '69.  Remember it, too.  A great freakin show.  Jacob's Feather was the opener.

 Papernapkin wrote:

A cameo on Entourage? Or, oh! a guest spot on American Idol. Maybe Dancing with the Stars (if times were tough).
 
american idol is out of question...he'd need a whole lot of singing practice to even make it to the first round....

this sounds like a '68 camaro, 350 cubic inches, of hot damn fun! {#Motor}
 lingchih wrote:
Anyone ever contemplate, if Jim Morrison had lived, what he would be doing now?
Sorry, stupid hypothetical. He would never had lived.
 
A cameo on Entourage? Or, oh! a guest spot on American Idol. Maybe Dancing with the Stars (if times were tough).
govna wrote:
classic, but definitely one of the worst guitar solos of all time.

It's not the most spirited solo, granted, but certainly not one of the worst of all time. He stays in key, doodles around with a few modes. etc. My problem with this song is that I've heard it thousands of times and can't go a single day without hearing it.  Though I guess for songs I hear every day, I prefer this to "Sweet Home Alabama" or "Draggin' The Line".

 govna wrote:
classic, but definitely one of the worst guitar solos of all time.
 
But you like the organ solo?

 kaybee wrote:
All you Doors naysayers pay close attention to the instrumental middle section; Densmore on drums; Manzarek on organ and Kreiger on guiter:  pure genius.  And the rest of this album lives up to it.   Even though Jimbo never lived to wear the white sweaty jumpsuit, the influence he's had on modern rock is seminal.  I know someone's going to make an ironic comment on that last word!   {#Naughty}
 
What influence has he had on modern rock? Serious question.

All you Doors naysayers pay close attention to the instrumental middle section; Densmore on drums; Manzarek on organ and Kreiger on guiter:  pure genius.  And the rest of this album lives up to it.   Even though Jimbo never lived to wear the white sweaty jumpsuit, the influence he's had on modern rock is seminal.  I know someone's going to make an ironic comment on that last word!   {#Naughty}
 scraig wrote:

He would be doing the things he loved...staying out of the public eye, partying with a small group of friends, writing poetry and performing as little as possible.

 

Oh yes — lord knows that Jim was such a shy and retiring person who shunned the limelight and cared little for fame. Oh my yes.
 lingchih wrote:
Anyone ever contemplate, if Jim Morrison had lived, what he would be doing now?

 
He would be doing the things he loved...staying out of the public eye, partying with a small group of friends, writing poetry and performing as little as possible.

classic, but definitely one of the worst guitar solos of all time.
 The_Enemy wrote:

...plus he'd be 300 lbs and wearing a white jump suit

 

{#Lol} {#Lol} {#Lol} {#Lol} {#Lol}
 holborne wrote:
He'd also be performing "Touch Me" in Vegas, where he'd be opening for the guy who won the last season of "America's Got Talent."
 
...plus he'd be 300 lbs and wearing a white jump suit

I AM THE GOD OF HELL FIRE AND I BRING YOU....

Oh, sorry...wrong song. But it is interesting that The Crazy World of Arthur Brown opened for the Doors in Detroit all those years ago. Personally, I think Arthur's Crazy World <click here> topped any act the Doors could have put on that evening.


Funny, now that I'm about to be 5 years older than Morrison was when he died, it gives me some interesting perspective. I used to be always younger than all the greats. Interesting to think about.... He may have been "enlightened" and had some really cool thoughts, but he never experienced life after 30 and 2 kids.... Hmmm.
go jim...doors still awesome. better than todays shit that for sure.
 lingchih wrote:
Anyone ever contemplate, if Jim Morrison had lived, what he would be doing now?
 

He would be waving his dick around a lot, just as he did in real life. He was no dope — he knew that was his only real asset.

He'd also be performing "Touch Me" in Vegas, where he'd be opening for the guy who won the last season of "America's Got Talent."


Anyone ever contemplate, if Jim Morrison had lived, what he would be doing now?
Sorry, stupid hypothetical. He would never had lived.

 nigelr wrote:
Felicianos' version blows this away, except for the keyboard work.................
 

literally {#Silenced}

EDIT: oops . . . . misread it as "Fellatios' version blows this away . . ." {#Shifty}
my father played trumpet in a band to make his way thru college
he was pretty distant from  and cool to  the music i was listening to in the 60's - but i had this tune on one Saturday and he looked at me and said "I like that"
totally surprised
{#Cowboy}
I suddenly feel very Baroque... hmmmm?
I think it's safe to say that when these guys got a chance to go into the studio for that first record, they had some worthy material ready
 birdland wrote:
When I hear this on a CR station, I enjoy.

When I hear this on RP -  it puts me beside my big brother in the livingroom in 1967, admiring his grownupness and feeling included in his coolness, and enjoying the newness of the music.

RP has a knack for eliciting emotion from music that doesn't come through in other contexts.

It's this element that's lost by commercial radio and inattention to what happens when you don't treat music with the delicate attention and precise placement it demands.

 

I totally agree.  No other venue for this music makes me stop and ride wave after wave of memories as does RP.  This song brings back memories of listening to my older sister's Doors records when she came home from college - and told me about the protests and other events they were involved in there.

40 years and still counting...
Robby's excellent finger stylings

I never get tired of this.
I can appreciate Feliciano's version.  I think it's a very good interpretation and he gives his own "soul" to it.  I do prefer the Doors though.

What a great debut album that one was!  From that great rocker and party song Break on Through right to The End.  Blues, jazz influences.  Even a little country flavor.
When I hear this on a CR station, I enjoy.

When I hear this on RP -  it puts me beside my big brother in the livingroom in 1967, admiring his grownupness and feeling included in his coolness, and enjoying the newness of the music.

RP has a knack for eliciting emotion from music that doesn't come through in other contexts.

It's this element that's lost by commercial radio and inattention to what happens when you don't treat music with the delicate attention and precise placement it demands.

damn you, RP... doncha know I have WORK to do...??!!!{#Bananajam}
9 - Outstanding
nigelr wrote:
Felicianos' version blows this away, except for the keyboard work.................
No, Sir. Nothing blows this away. :naughty: To me this is one of the deepest rocksongs ever. And yes, the keyboard work is awesome. :high-five:
Felicianos' version blows this away, except for the keyboard work.................
Does anyone else think that the solos are perhaps just a tiny-weeny bit too long? It's not as if there's even a particularly interesting riff below. Maybe I need some weed. But the moment JM starts singing again is blessed relief. Time to get my head below the parapet methinks...
winter wrote:
About the only Doors song I actually like. Most of the rest are just tolerable, IMO. But to each their own.
You should have heard my mom play this on the piano.
About the only Doors song I actually like. (Well, this and "Break On Through".) Most of the rest are just tolerable, IMO. But to each their own.
"...but, this one goes to eleven."
Am I sick of this song yet?? Looks down at watch 40 years has passed... nope, not sick of it yet!
A major catalyst for the FM free form revolution - put the 3 minute pop format on notice. Every tune on the album is a standout.
GIRL! We couldn't get much higher! :drunk:
Hard to believe this song is over 40 years old. It still rocks my face off.
One of the great iconic songs of the 60s. It also happened to be number one on the charts when I was born. :sunny:
Sorry, but how put the Rate "11" My favorite song in this planet....
pallasathene82 wrote:
Havuing grown up hearing this song, I am sick to death of it. Pah.
dude I was standing in a gas station drinking a bottle of seven up standing in dust with bare feet and it was about 1966 (I was maybe 5 years old). It's the first (radio) song I can remember. I've heard it a gillion times since and it's still cool I think.
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Porgie_Tirebiter wrote:
C'mon baby - fight my lawyer!
Sweet!
Havuing grown up hearing this song, I am sick to death of it. Pah.
Shesdifferent wrote:
What happened to thosse perfect seques? Who's mixing your music eh?
buh? I was just going to write how much I liked that segue....
What happened to thosse perfect seques? Who's mixing your music eh?
Great guitar solo too....
C'mon baby - fight my lawyer!
Back to the Summer of '67. Sneeking into Trestles. 4 track tape decks and more. Can't believe its been 40 freakin years.
Had to laugh out loud upon hearing this song after MC 900ft jesus, NICE!
heyjoe3577 wrote:
I'm jealous of everyone who was around when this was new. I feel I was born about 30 years too late.
Well, the music and the era was great, but now that I'm approaching the Denny's Senior's Breakfast discount, I wouldn't mind being a little younger.
My friend Layne and I were hanging out listening to KACY when the DJ had a contest to win two free tickets to see a new group called the Doors. Layne called and won. We were young 15 year olds so Rex, Layne's dad, drove us to SB and bought his own ticket. Wore my red Queen's Guard jacket that some family friends bought me in London. We were stylin'. Country Joe opened the show. A small fire broke out in the crowd before the music started. Someone getting high under his jacket. Morrison was electric. Sang behind two silver mikes and stood on a sheep rug. My life, Layne's and Rex's were never the same.
My brain is on fire listening to this song. So many remarkable images turning around & around in my head. Ah, yeah, those were the "just say yes" days...
Cool song!!! Please play more rock!!!! What about Led Zepplin!!! please :drummer:
A true classic can never be "played to death"--not even by Clear Channel.
My inner pyro likes the "burning things" set, Bill.
:fire:
heyjoe3577 wrote:
I'm jealous of everyone who was around when this was new. I feel I was born about 30 years too late.
You and me both... we barely got any of the seventies in our blood before we suffocated into bubblegum pop-rock. HeyJoe.
Cool then, cool now. Still sounds great after 40 years (yikes!).
How would this great masterpiece of music sound if they could record it nowadays...?! :idea:
This whole album says "sunny summer" to me.
ginniet wrote:
I was, too, but I didn't appreciate The Doors at the time (I was too busy going to high school). With age comes wisdom and greater appreciation. :notworthy:
I'm jealous of everyone who was around when this was new. I feel I was born about 30 years too late.
I remember discussing this with a cohort in 7th grade while on the soccer field. the question being, "Gee, I wonder if the rest of the Lp is any good?" Well, I got it right away...glad I did! ("Now...should I get that LP by that group calling themselves the Jimi Hendrix Experience?") Had the fortune to see/hear the Doors, Hendrix, and Cream in Detroit. The Crazy World of Arthur Brown opened for Morrison and company. I'll never forget a quiet part in The End when a nearby vendor yelled out "I-C-E CREAM!" Needless to say, I can't ever listen to that track without adding the vendor part. floydslips.blogspot.com
oldsinger wrote:
I think you had to be there in time. I was. I love it.
I was, too, but I didn't appreciate The Doors at the time (I was too busy going to high school). With age comes wisdom and greater appreciation. :notworthy:
Giro.
an indisputable 10...
This better be the album version..... I'm a huge Doors Fan, and although this is their most popular song, it's hard to imagine someone who doesn't like it.