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The Doors — Riders On The Storm
Album: L.A. Woman
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Released: 1971
Length: 6:49
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Into this house we're born
Into this world we're thrown
Like a dog without a bone, an actor out on loan
Riders on the storm

There's a killer on the road
His brain is squirming like a toad
Take a long holiday
Let your children play
If you give this man a ride, sweet memory will die
Killer on the road, yeah

Girl, you gotta love your man
Girl, you gotta love your man
Take him by the hand
Make him understand
The world on you depends, our life will never end
Gotta love your man, yeah

Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Into this house we're born
Into this world we're thrown
Like a dog without a bone, an actor out on loan
Riders on the storm

Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
Riders on the storm
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Makes me wish they had had a bass player from the beginning. This sounds so much richer.
The mix on this is nice. The Rhodes (I assume) solo is mostly laying a bit under the rhythm instruments which just enhances the laid back feel of this song (despite the lyrics).
Tom Kennedy, I can name that tune in one thunderclap.
 Grayson wrote:
I've always disliked (not hate; there's a difference) the Doors. Now I can't stop liking them. Weird. Guess they were ahead of their time and I'm applying them to right now. Think we're back to timeless now. Argh! Hate when the time continuum gets all wonky. But Bill Gates and Windows and the Doors? Please. Y'all sound like one of my batshitter Georgia cousins.  

 
Welcome to the Doors Fan Club, Grayson!!

I've been a fan since (one of my earliest memories) I was 3, playing backgammon with my dad listening to Light my Fire (by a fireplace) - crazy shit one remembers, eh?

Long Live RP!!
You have to be an angst ridden drunken individual to enjoy this, IMHO. I was, and I do.
Fantastic track💖
I've always disliked (not hate; there's a difference) the Doors. Now I can't stop liking them. Weird. Guess they were ahead of their time and I'm applying them to right now. Think we're back to timeless now. Argh! Hate when the time continuum gets all wonky. But Bill Gates and Windows and the Doors? Please. Y'all sound like one of my batshitter Georgia cousins.  

FORA BOLSONARO!!!
(#stayhome)
 Dj_Yonke wrote:
 

One of the coolest GIFs ever. 
pure Guinness. A 10 for all times 
 On_The_Beach wrote:

 

Maradona, Modric, Morrison. 
 MJdub wrote:
I've always found this song pretty boring, as with most Doors music.  I feel like I've tried, but just don't see the appeal.  From the songwriting to the singing and playing, it seems like every part of it is mediocre...except maybe the recording/production?  What am I missing?
 
Everything.
I feel the exact opposite. When I was young I thought this song was "not bad."

Now, I think this song is a masterpiece.



 MJdub wrote:
I've always found this song pretty boring, as with most Doors music.  I feel like I've tried, but just don't see the appeal.  From the songwriting to the singing and playing, it seems like every part of it is mediocre...except maybe the recording/production?  What am I missing?
 
Listen for the underlying whisper vocal in this one. Really creeps up the mix!
Is there such a thing as cooincidence? Like Jim and Ray meeting on the beach in Venice.  
Dayam does this sound fresh in FLAC!
I second the last comment because I was just about to say the exact same thing.  Maybe this fairly boring song was loved at the time because it seemed kind of hard-edged compared to the hippy stuff around it, but now...?
I've always found this song pretty boring, as with most Doors music.  I feel like I've tried, but just don't see the appeal.  From the songwriting to the singing and playing, it seems like every part of it is mediocre...except maybe the recording/production?  What am I missing?
 NorthernLad wrote:
You know, Bill Gates actually named his operating system in honour of this group.
 Yeah, and Pink Floyd built The Wall around that door...

'loose canons'.......that stretches the imagination.....fell about reading that one
 h8rhater wrote:

I agree we need more Doors on RP and the tracks you mention are great choices.
 
That said, to say that this song is not as relevant now as "back in the day" is just not valid.  What with all the heavily armed loose canons running around this country.  These days they're not just hitchhikers.  They'll walk right into your kid's school or set up shop in a hotel overlooking a concert crowd.
 
Remember: There's a killer on the road!
 
Funny thing is that in my reply to the negative "this song is played too much" comment I completely forgot to fully express how welcome I am to hear this one here.  Long Live RP and ALL the Doors tracks (both the ones played here and the ones not) !!

Thanks, it's my student's ages in Tomsk State University, Sovet Union. I'm recollin' we've listenin' to just released DEEP PURPLE's album 'Come Taste The Band', for example (or Morrison Hotel, or Santana (first album)... Later, when I was school teacher, I've tried to prolonged this line for my pupils, i've called it Music Club...
 Danimal174 wrote:
Erik Satie - Gnossienne No1 —> The Doors - Riders On The Storm
Love this transition!!
 
And again… So cool!
Still love this song after so many years, and never get tired of it. I have a couple of sections of it sampled and isolated for ring tones, including the thunderstorm.

The middle section builds up to a climax that ends with a cascading piano walking down that evokes falling rain, complete with the thunder. Then it starts again with a final warning from Morrison, delivered in a tense, high key. It finally fades out to nothing ...

Just beautiful.
Bill, you magnificent bastard!
 lizardking wrote:

I agree!  BillG could easily play, say, "5 to 1" which is as relevant now as it was back in the day, and seems to fit into many of the playlist themes here.  Or the bizarre and funky final and title track to "The Soft Parade" which is one of my favs and I can't imagine it ever played on FM radio.  Nonetheless, I'll enjoy these tunes as they roll through, and even more so now since we're blessed with FLAC (sorry browser listeners.)

And remember:  They got the guns but WE have the numbers!

PEACE and Long Live RP!!



 
I agree we need more Doors on RP and the tracks you mention are great choices.
 
That said, to say that this song is not as relevant now as "back in the day" is just not valid.  What with all the heavily armed loose canons running around this country.  These days they're not just hitchhikers.  They'll walk right into your kid's school or set up shop in a hotel overlooking a concert crowd.
 
Remember: There's a killer on the road!
  LastGaspMusic wrote:
I am the lizard king.. I can do ANY thing...
WonderLizard wrote:

Lizards rule.

 
Indeed they do!!  {#High-five}
 hschlossberg wrote:
There sadly comes a time when even once-great songs never need to be heard again.  Plenty of less-played, less over-saturated Doors songs for RP.

 
I agree!  BillG could easily play, say, "5 to 1" which is as relevant now as it was back in the day, and seems to fit into many of the playlist themes here.  Or the bizarre and funky final and title track to "The Soft Parade" which is one of my favs and I can't imagine it ever played on FM radio.  Nonetheless, I'll enjoy these tunes as they roll through, and even more so now since we're blessed with FLAC (sorry browser listeners.)

And remember:  They got the guns but WE have the numbers!

PEACE and Long Live RP!!


Brillliant track, and brilliant to have it follow Satie's Gymnopodie. Thanks Bill and Rebecca!
There sadly comes a time when even once-great songs never need to be heard again.  Plenty of less-played, less over-saturated Doors songs for RP.

Such an ominous and foretelling final track on the final album.  And even without that, this tune is great as one bookend of The Doors' 6 disc catalog with Break on Through (to the other side) on the other end.  

And I am REALLY glad that there are so many haters; I've never liked liking what others like, and it gives me solace to think I'm still out here dancing to my own drummer (or however that saying goes) - I say Long Live RP and PEACE!! 


song is 3 but a message of the feminine to reach out and connect in these trying days. Who knew ?
 WonderLizard wrote:
Lizards rule.
 
{#Roflol}  (I think you may be biased.)
 LastGaspMusic wrote:
I am the lizard king.. I can do ANY thing...

 
Lizards rule.
 mojcamojca77 wrote:

I can tell you for myself: for sure your reasons are not mine {#Wink}. I simply like this music. MUSIC, not Jim (I like him, too:-)

 
Amazing how some attempt to come across as 'expert' by trotting out a precis based on nothing more than snobbery.

Music, as so succinctly defined by mojcamojca77's comment, is very much subjective and given this, will appeal or repel each individual equally.

Perhaps arnimf could see their way fit to contemplate that "Rider's On The Storm" means more to some than whether the vocalist can bust out beyond one octave?

Romantic Sentimentality? Isn't that precisely one type of emotion that music is supposed to invoke? In exactly the same way that Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture stirs the soul?

Take a deep breath arnimf and breath the joy that music of all types brings to ....... all types.
 hschlossberg wrote:
It's a great song, so it pains me to give it a 3 (ho-hum)...but that's my opinion about hearing it on RP.  25 years ago, it would have gotten a 10+.  But the local classic rock station plays it nearly every time I'm in the car and I'd really be okay with never hearing it again ever in my life.  Sad, but truly overplayed to death.

 
I gave it a 3 also, and it felt sacrilegious. Then I remembered I'm an atheist.
breezy and flowing
 senorcerveza wrote:
Haunting.  Still love it after all these years.

 
Yep
Haunting.  Still love it after all these years.
 mojcamojca77 wrote:

I can tell you for myself: for sure your reasons are not mine {#Wink}. I simply like this music. MUSIC, not Jim (I like him, too:-)

 
You should watch this   https://youtu.be/3deQXzV-qTk


 arnimf wrote:
The only reason people still listen to this is romantic sentimentality. Oh he died so young. And the curls and the dreamy look. The band can't play their instruments. The singer hardly covers an octave, and even this sounds stretched. The endless 1 chord fender solo is deadly. There is a hammer house movie sound effect (They ride ON A STORM, get it). Absolute boredom.

 
I can tell you for myself: for sure your reasons are not mine {#Wink}. I simply like this music. MUSIC, not Jim (I like him, too:-)
So nice, hearing this eerie nugget after Satie. Late last night, watching Lynch's great INLAND EMPIRE, I thought of this macabre gem.
 arnimf wrote:
The only reason people still listen to this is romantic sentimentality. Oh he died so young. And the curls and the dreamy look. The band can't play their instruments. The singer hardly covers an octave, and even this sounds stretched. The endless 1 chord fender solo is deadly. There is a hammer house movie sound effect (They ride ON A STORM, get it). Absolute boredom.

 
The classically trained keyboard player, who also wrote the repeating bass lines, surely couldn't play an instrument.
 arnimf wrote:
The only reason people still listen to this is romantic sentimentality. Oh he died so young. And the curls and the dreamy look. The band can't play their instruments. The singer hardly covers an octave, and even this sounds stretched. The endless 1 chord fender solo is deadly. There is a hammer house movie sound effect (They ride ON A STORM, get it). Absolute boredom.

 
Perhaps the physical traits of the musicians and other such considerations are your own reasons for liking/disliking a piece of music but, rather than assuming everyone uses your same irrelevant benchmarks and then insulting them when they clearly like something that you don't, try the PSD button...  {#Beat}
 arnimf wrote:
The only reason people still listen to this is romantic sentimentality. Oh he died so young. And the curls and the dreamy look. The band can't play their instruments. The singer hardly covers an octave, and even this sounds stretched. The endless 1 chord fender solo is deadly. There is a hammer house movie sound effect (They ride ON A STORM, get it). Absolute boredom.
 
Hmmm, average rating 8.4; I guess pretty much everyone who listens to RP is completely ignorant about music, except you.
Maybe keep your sanctimonious whining to yourself and hit the PSD button.
The only reason people still listen to this is romantic sentimentality. Oh he died so young. And the curls and the dreamy look. The band can't play their instruments. The singer hardly covers an octave, and even this sounds stretched. The endless 1 chord fender solo is deadly. There is a hammer house movie sound effect (They ride ON A STORM, get it). Absolute boredom.
isn't is weird how many of the old songs from the 60s and 70s are way more overplayed now than they ever were when they were hits? that's why I only listen to NPR and RP (and Alice Cooper—he plays deep cuts a lot) 

hschlossberg wrote:
It's a great song, so it pains me to give it a 3 (ho-hum)...but that's my opinion about hearing it on RP.  25 years ago, it would have gotten a 10+.  But the local classic rock station plays it nearly every time I'm in the car and I'd really be okay with never hearing it again ever in my life.  Sad, but truly overplayed to death.

 


Classic, fits my fucking mood too after this week's football scores! {#Chillpill}
From the awesome Erik Satie to the P.O.S. Doors - What a let down
Your day should be made when this track is on. 
Three months later same transition...same great feeling!

 
Danimal174 wrote:
Erik Satie - Gnossienne No1 —> The Doors - Riders On The Storm
Love this transition!!
 

 


 hschlossberg wrote:
It's a great song, so it pains me to give it a 3 (ho-hum)...but that's my opinion about hearing it on RP.  25 years ago, it would have gotten a 10+.  But the local classic rock station plays it nearly every time I'm in the car and I'd really be okay with never hearing it again ever in my life.  Sad, but truly overplayed to death.
 
Begs the question "Why are you listening to the classic rock station (with so many options these days)?".
It's a great song, so it pains me to give it a 3 (ho-hum)...but that's my opinion about hearing it on RP.  25 years ago, it would have gotten a 10+.  But the local classic rock station plays it nearly every time I'm in the car and I'd really be okay with never hearing it again ever in my life.  Sad, but truly overplayed to death.
I hate the Doors. Morrison was a loudmouth bully who thought he was a poet.

This song - a 10.

and this is fun, too. 
 tunehammer wrote:
Does it get any better than than this for surreal rock n roll

 
No, especially when there is a military twin-rotor helicopter hovering above the marine landing pad about 400 yards from my window.
My brain is squirming like a toad.
Does it get any better than than this for surreal rock n roll
 kanga311 wrote:

Same here...(the hearing waves crashing as well as growing up on the coast) {#Cool}

 
Me three.
 tallboy1968 wrote:
Only Radio Paradise can pull off a segue from George Winston to The Doors with panache. Well played.
 

Or from Erik Satie's Gnossienne No. 1, pivoting around the opening 'thunder'. Pulled something in me in two directions simultaneously. Nicely done, Bill.

 

Ditto!


Great RP sound. 
Erik Satie - Gnossienne No1 —> The Doors - Riders On The Storm
Love this transition!!
 
 LastGaspMusic wrote:
I am the lizard king.. I can do ANY thing...

 
Jim's not dead... he's just sleepin......
I am the lizard king.. I can do ANY thing...
This song never plays.. It has come up twice on PSD, both times its just silence. No sound. I waited many minutes into it to see if it was just an error in the beginning, but no. Just no sound, no file there. Why is that?
 bam23 wrote:

What? Actor out alone, dog without a bone don't meet your standards of... something. Coherence? I have always liked the musical mood of this song but would almost rather he had dispensed with "lyrics".

 
"Actor out on loan":  During the Hollywood studio era, each company cast its films in-house, using mostly contract players. Sometimes, if the unit making the film felt that certain roles could not be cast with studio personnel, they looked outside for actors unattached to a studio, actors with nonexclusive studio contracts, or those whose home studio was willing to loan them out.  This was often done without the star's consent.  An actor out on loan was, to some degree, cast out.

"Like a dog without a bone,... an actor out on loan", would make more sense in this context.  Maybe Morrison actually had a coherent theme when writing these "lyrics".  I, for one, am rather happy he did not dispense with them.

 On_The_Beach wrote:
I always heard the thunder sounds as waves crashing.
Maybe it comes from growing up on the coast?

 
Same here...(the hearing waves crashing as well as growing up on the coast) {#Cool}
IMHO, probably the best album of theirs…
 tallboy1968 wrote:
Only Radio Paradise can pull off a segue from George Winston to The Doors with panache. Well played.
 
Or from Erik Satie's Gnossienne No. 1, pivoting around the opening 'thunder'. Pulled something in me in two directions simultaneously. Nicely done, Bill.
I always heard the thunder sounds as waves crashing.
Maybe it comes from growing up on the coast?

I clicked upon the Sacred Store

They said here's Doors, and Dead, and More...


A big Rocky Mountain snow-storm is rolling in as this is playing! Cool song; timeless dose of weirdness plus the scary edge of realism.
 ScottishWillie wrote:

This song could not be more appropriate this morning. Storm Jonas, which dumped a couple of feet of snow over the American East coast, has crossed the Atlantic and become a torrential rain over Scotland. It rattling my windows as I type.



 
{#Lol} And now we are getting heavy wet snow dumped on us today when we were supposed to get almost nothing here north of Boston {#Eyes}

This song could not be more appropriate this morning. Storm Jonas, which dumped a couple of feet of snow over the American East coast, has crossed the Atlantic and become a torrential rain over Scotland. It rattling my windows as I type.


{#Crown}
NFS: Underground 2 memories :')
 
 LizK wrote:
Morrison does achieve the feeling of a rain shower here. He should have followed through with the rain/shower/storm theme.  The melody is soothing,   But the lyrics are puzzling.,

 
What? Actor out alone, dog without a bone don't meet your standards of... something. Coherence? I have always liked the musical mood of this song but would almost rather he had dispensed with "lyrics".
 passsion8 wrote:
Can't. Shake. Image. Of. Val. Kilmer......

 
Who's she?
Too many plays in the last few weeks....keep it obscure.
Manzerak on the Fender Rhodes. 
 
From the Rhodes Wiki:

The Rhodes piano (also known as the Fender Rhodes piano or simply Fender Rhodes or Rhodes) is an electric piano invented by Harold Rhodes, which became particularly popular throughout the 1970s. It generates sound using keys and hammers in the same manner as an acoustic piano, but the hammers strike thin metal rods of varied length, connected to tonebars, which are then amplified via an electromagnetic pickup.

The instrument evolved from Rhodes' attempt to manufacture pianos to teach recovering soldiers during World War II under a strict budget, and development continued throughout the 1940s and 1950s. Fender started marketing the Piano Bass, a cut-down version of the piano, but the full-size instrument did not appear until after the sale to CBS in 1965. CBS oversaw mass production of the Rhodes piano in the 1970s, and it was used extensively through the decade, particularly in jazzpop and soul music. It fell out of fashion for a while in the mid-1980s, principally due to the emergence of polyphonic and later digital synthesizers

 
Can't. Shake. Image. Of. Val. Kilmer......
Morrison does achieve the feeling of a rain shower here. He should have followed through with the rain/shower/storm theme.  The melody is soothing,   But the lyrics are puzzling.,
 sculpin99 wrote:

I pretty much liked the last ~100 songs I listened to on RP until this song.

There are some Doors songs I like, but this one I don't like. It sounds scary and brooding to me.

Peace Frog is a nice one. Take it easy, baby is another one that I like.

So it goes.

 
Generally I like "scary and brooding" songs, but to me, this tune lost any potency it may have had many plays ago.
"In Judah's house we're born"?
 sculpin99 wrote:

There are some Doors songs I like, but this one I don't like. It sounds scary and brooding to me.

 

I’ve loved this song for close on 40 years and while I know its totally overplayed I still moves me. I think part of its appeal is that it is scary and brooding.


this song is fitting right now since it is raining like crazy here in champaign.
 sculpin99 wrote:
...
There are some Doors songs I like, but this one I don't like. It sounds scary and brooding to me.
...

You're gonna love "The End"
Nice interpretation of this on Jim Morrison 'An American Prayer'.  Out of print, I think, but I still have it on vinyl.
This came late in Morrison's life, ironic for someone in his mid to late 20s and at the time it seemed like a throw-away to me. "his brain is squirming like a toad"? Does this even come close to meaning anything? The lyrics are almost laughable, but somehow after all these years, this not only partially defines a time but works as a complete composition, or so I believe. It's interesting to seen how songs that were popular but considered of lesser quality at the time have achieved rather elevated status over the decades. Maybe there were not as many genres of music then and the airwaves were only AM and FM. What was played was what you knew. 
Masterful. Dreamy. Should still be around when humans are gone and sentient insects figure out how to play those plastic discs.

-Will (entertainscape.com) 
A few years back my family and I were skiing in the French Alps (sounds exotic, but we were living there at the time). There was a French band playing at the base and they were playing this song. I've never been able to unhear this song performed with a wicked alpine French accent. 
Yup... will forever remember listening to this late at night on the radio, lying in bed, with the window open, hearing the occasional car...
One of the best songs ever.
I'll never tire of Manzarek's sublime piano on this.

https://www.liberte-expression.fr/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/ray-manzarek-1970.jpg
Still sounds brilliant - gets better with age like a good vino
whispers
remix on this great song was the main theme of nfs underground 2!  that is how i got to know about the doors.  10/10.
Only Radio Paradise can pull off a segue from George Winston to The Doors with panache. Well played.

I pretty much liked the last ~100 songs I listened to on RP until this song.

There are some Doors songs I like, but this one I don't like. It sounds scary and brooding to me.

Peace Frog is a nice one. Take it easy, baby is another one that I like.

So it goes.


Ray Manzarek - gone too soon.
Perhaps the only Doors song I can actually listen to. 

Don't judge. 
 expertTexpert wrote:


Well played, "h8rhater." I like how you took your screen name and turned it around all ironic like that.

 
Does this not mean that 'h8rhater' loathes him/herself?
Or does it mean that 'h8rhater' hates 'h8r'?
Ah, the conundrums life throws up!!
And on the same theme - a pox on those who defame this marvellous piece of music  
I distinctly remember missing school one day as a senior in high school and listening to this and other Doors albums all day long.  Time well spent.
 h8rhater wrote:

It always amazes me how how intelligent and superior some people think imagine themselves to be.  Sigh...
 

Well played, "h8rhater." I like how you took your screen name and turned it around all ironic like that.
from gymnopie to this..... perfect!
Seriously, the haunting continues ... 
nice follow from satie.......same mood
 ChooCheeDuck wrote:
It always amazes me how overrated Jim Morrison is. His lyrics are terrible-- they are meaningless and follow an infant's rhyme scheme. Additionally, he is just a mediocre vocalist at best. Sigh....

 
It always amazes me how how intelligent and superior some people think imagine themselves to be.  Sigh...



 ChooCheeDuck wrote:
It always amazes me how overrated Jim Morrison is. His lyrics are terrible-- they are meaningless and follow an infant's rhyme scheme. Additionally, he is just a mediocre vocalist at best. Sigh....

 
Mike Nelson from Mystery Science Theater once said that his vocals were comparable to just about any given dad singing Doors lyrics loudly in the shower.

I still love this song though.
Note to Jim, tho, don't DRINK the acid. I heard somewhere that he did. No. Step away from the liquid acid, Jim.
Gah, Jim Morrison was my hero growing up, since I was born in 1964. He was like GOD to me. Listening on the floor to my big brothers' albums when they would play this. Spoookeee. Lorna Doone.
 ChooCheeDuck wrote:
It always amazes me how overrated Jim Morrison is. His lyrics are terrible-- they are meaningless and follow an infant's rhyme scheme. Additionally, he is just a mediocre vocalist at best. Sigh....

 
Agreed.  Tiresome.
It always amazes me how overrated Jim Morrison is. His lyrics are terrible-- they are meaningless and follow an infant's rhyme scheme. Additionally, he is just a mediocre vocalist at best. Sigh....
 wadoflove wrote:
Considering how great the song is, this has got to be one of the most pathetic album covers in history. {#Razz}

 
What's "pathetic" about a simple band portrait with the band & album name?

In other news, let's all brag about our stereos. *rolleyes



When I see this album cover I still think "that's the one I warped."  I left the LP on top of my Macintosh amp. Ruined.


 rickkate wrote:
Sounded awesome on my Linn and Naim along with Light my fire.
 
......... v good choice of hi-fi - must agree it does sound rather good to say the least on vinyl using an linn LP12 turntable powered by naim :))
Considering how great the song is, this has got to be one of the most pathetic album covers in history. {#Razz}
 oldfart48 wrote:

there is no cure for brain death......

 
{#Lol}
15 inches