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Light My Fire by The Doors

Album: The DoorsReleased: 1967Charted:
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  • This became The Doors' signature song. Released on their first album, it was a huge hit and launched them to stardom. Before this was released, The Doors were an underground band popular in the Los Angeles area, but this got the attention of a mass audience.
  • The Doors' record company thought this was too long to get radio play, so the guitar solos were edited down for the single to make it considerably shorter. Many stations played the 6:50 album version anyway. Since the single was a shortened version, fans had to buy the album to get the extended mix, which helped spur sales of the album.

    Elektra founder Jaz Holzman recalled to Mojo magazine November 2010: "We had that huge problem with the time length - seven-and-a-half minutes. Nobody could figure out how to cut it. Finally I said to Rothchild, Nobody can cut it but you. When her cut out the solo, there were screams. Except from Jim. Jim said, 'Imagine a kid in Minneapolis hearing even the cut version over the radio, it's going to turn his head around.' So they said, 'Go ahead, release it.' We released it with the full version on the other side.
  • Most of the lyrics were written by Doors guitarist Robby Krieger. He wanted to write about one of the elements: fire, air, earth, and water. Jim Morrison wrote some of the second verse, and Ray Manzarek came up with the organ intro.
  • The extended organ and guitar solos in the album version of the song are based on John Coltrane's Jazz cover of the song "My Favorite Things" from the motion picture The Sound of Music. (thanks, Sam - Lincoln, NE)
  • Jim Morrison indicated in his notebooks that he disliked this song and hated performing it. He also seemed to resent that the popularity of the band derived from this song, which he had just a small part writing. (thanks, John - Topeka, KS)
  • This was produced by Paul Rothchild and was recorded in late 1966 and then released in April 1967.
  • The song topped the chart for the first three weeks in July 1967. It sold over one million copies and was the first #1 hit for their record label Elektra. (thanks, Kain - Charleston, SC, for above 2)
  • The producers of The Ed Sullivan Show asked the band to change the line "Girl we couldn't get much higher" for their appearance in 1967. Morrison said he would, but sung it anyway. Afterwards, he told Sullivan that he was nervous and simply forgot to change the line. This didn't fly, and The Doors were never invited back.
  • A blind, Puerto Rican singer named Jose Feliciano recorded a Latin-tinged version of this song that reached #3 in 1968 and won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Performance, Male. For Feliciano, who also won the Best New Artist Grammy that year, the song was his breakout hit and introduced his style of acoustic, woodwind-heavy arrangements. Based on his "Light My Fire" performance, Feliciano was asked to sing the The Star Spangled Banner before Game 5 of World Series between the Tigers and Cardinals. He delivered the first non-traditional take on the National Anthem at a major sporting event, doing a slow, acoustic version and causing an uproar. Feliciano capitalized on the controversy by releasing his Anthem performance as a single, and it reached #50 in the US.
  • Buick offered The Doors $100,000 to use this in a commercial as "Come on Buick, light my fire." With Morrison away, Krieger, Densmore, and Manzarek agreed to allow it. When Morrison found out, he pitched a fit and killed the deal.
  • This was the last song Jim Morrison performed live. It was a show at The Warehouse in New Orleans.
  • Train covered this on the 2000 Doors tribute album Stoned Immaculate. Lead singer Pat Monahan sang with the remaining members (Manzarek, Krieger, Densmore) on the VH1's Storytellers dedicated to the Doors.
  • According to Ray Manzarek on BBC Radio 2's program Ray Manzarek's Summer of Love, the baseline to "Light My Fire" was inspired by Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill." (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)
  • Manzarek told About.com how the keyboard solo came about: "It was exactly what we were doing at the time at Whisky a Go Go - letting the music take us wherever it might lead in a particular performance, just improvising. And that’s exactly the same way that solo came about." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
  • The Doors didn't have a bass player, but there is some bass on this song. Determining who played it is an inexact science, as session musicians were not formally credited at the time, but Carol Kaye claims it was her. She was a first call studio pro at the time, and had performed on a lot of the hits that were recorded in Los Angeles, including many of Phil Spector's productions. She told us regarding her involvement: "The Doors weren't there. Just a couple of the guys were there in the booth. We cut the track. I'm playing on that, but I don't like to talk about it, because there's too many fanatics about that stuff. I'm a prude. I don't do drugs. I think it's stupid. I think for people to be into drugs and to die on stage, I think that's so stupid, and totally unnecessary. So I stay away from even talking about that. But I am on the contract, yeah, I played on the hit of that." (Here's our full Carol Kaye interview.)
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Comments: 103

On July 22nd 1967, the Doors performed "Light My Fire" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
And on the day of this appearance on 'Bandstand' the song was at position #3; the next day it moved into the #1 spot on the Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart, and stayed there for 3 weeks...
(See the next post below).
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
'The Lizard King' arrives!!!
On May 28th 1967, the Doors' debut on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #98 with "Light My Fire"; and on July 23rd it peaked at #1 (for 3 weeks) and spent 17 weeks on the Top 100...
A Personal Note: Besides being a great song, I love this record because it was #1 on the day I was discharged from the U.S. Navy (07-30-1967).
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
On March 1st 1991, the bio-movie 'The Doors' opened in theaters across the U.S.A. and Canada...
Six days earlier on February 23rd, 1991 the movie had its world premier in Los Angles, CA
The movie's soundtrack album, 'The Doors: Original Soundtrack Recording', reached #8 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart...
R.I.P. Ray Manzarek (1939 - 2013) and to 'The Lizard King' (1943 - 1971).
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
To show the pure quantity of great, great music then, I didn't initially "get" l.m.f. About a year later, it seeped into my mind. I realized it had one 0f the top 3 organs [ Brighter shade of Pale, Let It Be] in rock history. Then as The Doors put out more and more masterpieces they became my very top American rock band. Excellent musicians and Morrison top 4 or 5 lead vocals!Meocyber - Alma, Co
G: (out of tune) I never noticed the band was out of tune. On the other hand, the studio did speed-up -- or slow down (I forget which) -- the the track slightly, so the entire song does sound off-tune compared to the rest of Side 1. I used play along with the album when I was learning the guitar. If I was in tune for "Break on Through" I would always have to retune for LMF.James - Los Angeles, Ca
Andrew, if you give the song five stars but call it plastic...then I guess you like plastic a lot! What are the drug references? Surely you don't think "light my fire" just means to spark up a joint. You can light lots of things, like--um--a regular cigarette, which is technically speaking also a drug, but I don't think that's what you mean.James - Los Angeles, Ca
Adrian: I agree with you about Robbie Krieger on most of the early work, but he was still a great group player. Even then he worked really well especially with John Densmore, and the two often seem to be reading each other's minds.

Apart from the solos let's not forget the vocal reprise and chorus at the end. If ever there was a moment that defined the concept of the vocalist-frontman-rock and roll god, this was it. That last scream of "FIYURRRR!!!" never fails to send shivers down my spine.
James - Los Angeles, Ca
Samuel R. Smith: It's interesting you should say that about Krieger being influenced by Santana. I never noticed it on the studio recording, but in the live version on the "Alive She Cried" LP, I sure do notice the similarity. Speaking as a guitarist myself, their styles are similar in many ways, although at the time of the debut LP Krieger wasn't a technical powerhouse on the guitar. Nor was he by the last album, but you can sure hear how his playing and improvisation matured through the band's career.James - Los Angeles, Ca
The song was the longest album track to hit as short version at the time! [pun alert] For what it's worth, the single you hear on radio or have in many collections may NOT BE the original, as that was soon and still is very rare. It's the MONO mix, faster and audio positions in several ways and with a few seconds more edited.

Oh, and the ALBUM was ALSO mono in some versions, too.:wink:
3/20/2010
Steve - Whittier, Ca
The instrumental part of this song makes me want to get in a fast car get on the E WAY and drive, it could be little longer. I once told a friend that this is a 100 MPH song.Bobby - Grand Rapids, Mi
My favorite Doors song of all time!!Jj - Washington, Dc
Oh and in the Movie (not very good part of Oliver Stone) He exaggerates the 'Higher' ALOT compared to the real footage on the showJesse - San Antoino, Tx
probably the best solo for Ray is Live in Boston 1st show. I dont really know how he does it with one hand. hes like a freaken octapus with eight arms playing. Anyway good solo and the bast band ever. Even if you dont like them you still admire them for what they have doneJesse - San Antoino, Tx
I can't recall if I've actually seen the Ed Sullivan broadcast but I saw the Doors movie. I think the request to leave out "girl we couldn't get much higher" was a backlash against the perceived drug use of the time. I also recall hearing that someone (maybe Ed Sullivan) wanted the Stones to change "let's spend the night together" to "let's spend some TIME together" but they wouldn't do it.Don - Novato, Ca
Does anyone like this song sober? Lyrically complex?!?! Since when does finding words that rhyme with fire make you an "American Poet"?Jessica - Brookings, Sd
This song is The Doors' most famous and known song. Although the original song is 7 minutes long, radios edit it down to 2-3 minutes cutting out almost all the instrumental parts.San - San Fransisco, Ca
re: Valerie @ Eureka; I'm glad to share my experiences with you and anyone else that stumbles into this gold pit of musical treasures (this website). seems like most of the oldies I hear are by either retired or dead artists - they seldom even venture out on the casion concert circuit or Public Television. enjoy them when you can.....Roman - Barrie, On
to Roman in Ontario Canada,
i read your Doors experience. Cool! I never got to see the Doors in person. I lived in Massachusetts way back then. Just before they were scheduled to play in Boston, Mass, the Doors played New Haven, Connecticut. Well we all know what happened there! I still have the original Look magazine article about the whole thing. Anyway, once the New Haven incident took place, the Doors were not allowed to enter Massachusetts. Well there went my plans to get tickets...the next thing was Miami..the beginning of the end..no joke intended. BUT I can recall a summer in 1960something when I heard a song on the radio called Light My Fire. I had no idea who the Doors were but I went out and found the lp (the recordings were called lp's in those days..for long playing) and bought it..the Strange Days lp is my all time favorite. I am rambling now but I remember early mornings drinking coffee while listening to Strange Days and looking out on the fresh fallen snow still purple from the early morning light. Great memories.
Valerie - Eureka, Ca
Good Song, Good Band, I have the 45 floating around my home somewhereEric - State Collge, Pa
in the late 60's while driving home from work the DJ on the radio said that the CBC studio (in Toronto) needed an audience for a rock and roll special they were taping that evening. turned out it was the Doors and one could walk up to within 6 feet of the stage. by the response from the crowd, not too many people were familiar with the music; I happened to have the first album at home. Jim seemed to be obsessed with performing to the camera with the red light on at the time rather than to the audience. the show was free and the experience was unforgettable. in the early 2000's I happened to catch the encore of the concert they performed at the Harley Davidson 100th Anniversary in Barrie Ont.- Ray and Robbie sounded just as good as they had 30 odd years beforeRoman - Barrie, On
The dark carnival atmosphere of the Doors' songs is pretty unique. Morrison was often refered to as
Mr. 8 x 10 Glossy, the 'nickname' of singer Robert Goulet, for his clear vocals.
Alan - Greene, Ri
I saw the Doors 3 x,once @ Singer Bowl Ny 68, riot ended concert(which was opened by the Who)Light My Fire was the anthem for the "Summer of Love" 1967.I think this group was the American Beatles and this song will live forever as classic.Still gives me goosebumps.Had pleasure of meeting Ray years later after new Doors concert.John - New York, Ny
This song is waaaay out of tune. Even for the Doors.G - Potomac, Md
this record was heard in every apartment
and dorm of young folks during the love era...
it was truly an anthem for that time.
Steve Dotstar - Los Angeles, Ca
I love that he refused to change the "higher" part!Sibella - Pretoria, South Africa
According to the Morrison biography NO ONE HEAR GETS OUT ALIVE Jim did not "despise" the song. Regarding his not wanting it used in a Buick ad, he told the other Doors that although he was tired of performing the song live, he still considered it "sacred."Susan - Toronto, Canada
The Doors (the album) was released in January of 1967, not April. However, the song was released as a single in April. This is one of my favorite songs ever!Roy - Granbania, Ma
You're obviously going by what you saw on the movie. i have the footage on dvd and Morrison did nothing of the sort, i dont think he even did it intentionally. some of you should really invest in some Morrison biographies.ilovejimmorrisonmorethanyoucoulddreamNady - Adelaide, Australia
Jim wrote his first poem when he was 10 called 'The Pony Express' and im pretty sure a 10 year old doesnt drop acidNady - Adelaide, Australia
"funeral pyre" has been used in poetry since Catallus. Many poets in the western world have used it. Morrison just took advantage of it.Michael - Jacksonvillw, Fl
To all those debating the significance of the "funeral pyre song", the answer is pretty obvious: Who was Jim Morrison obsessed with during the later part of his life? Alexander the Great! I've always thought that it was a reference to him, since it was tradition back then to light a funeral pyre for the deceased. I always got an image of the funeral pyres for Alexander and his friend Patrocles when I heard that line. I think that was the inspiration for it. Funeral pyres were not "destructive", they were a symbol of going forward into the afterlife. That's why I think the line 'love becomes a funeral pyre" is actually meant to be a statement of love's grandeur, not anythng to do with death or the the death of love.Maha - Auckland, New Zealand
Just passing through.
but after reading this whole thread, i noticed two things that were brought up and never elaberated on. First "funeral pyre" is in some cultures (some American Indian tribes) a ritual involving the building of a small raised woodin platform where on the deceased is placed. A large fire is then set to the structure.

second, someone mentioned "mr mojo risin". this is an anogram. The letters (when re-arranged) spell- Jim Morrison
Jim - Se, Ri
Great song. On a documentary shown on VH1 Classic it was noted that Jim intentially sang the higher part to piss of Ed Sullivan. It was also noted that they only wanted to do the show one time and they didLance - Malibu, Ca
In 1967, I first heard "Light My Fire." The radio edit. I have hated the long version since I first heard it. 4 minutes-- more or less--absolutely wasted. Give me the radio edit anyday!Tom - Dozier, Al
Ray said his piano playing in this was influenced by Johann Sebastian BachSusan - Toronto, Canada
well hate it and move on, man.go back to listening to your Depeche Mode CDs.Mark - Byrdstown, Tn
it is 7 minuets i will never get back in my life
i would rater tear my own ears off than listen to this song
Tom - Atlanta, Ar
this song is rubbish i hate it till the day i dieTom - Atlanta, Ar
It's really OVER played on the oldies rock stations around here. I wish they'd give some other Doors stuff some airplay, especially Crystal Ship.Dave - Lacrosse, Wi
this song repeats itself way to much it is not a good songTron - Boston, Ma
In this song the guitarist wasn't trying to write a song about one of the elements. He assumed that If he were to compete with any of Jim Morrison's songs they'd have to either be about Earth, snakes, or fireEvan - Riverside, Nj
This song was like nothing Id ever heard before.It completely blew me away.I wanted to know about The Doors after hearing this song and found out it was just the tip of the iceberg of what this great group had recorded.I spent a whole summer home from college painting a huge house and listening to The Doors on 8-track.The smell of paint and The Doors will forever be linked for me.

Im doubting any recording act has ever put out a better and stronger first album than The Doors did with their first one.
Mark - Byrdstown, Tn
I agree with Ralph (in Portland). Stone truly missed it altogether. Bitter disappointment. Trash.
MOJO (as in Mr. Mojo Risin)
William - San Diego, Ca
This is one of the best rock songs ever. But it sounds a little plastic, don't you think? Definite drug references in there.

The songs easily worth five stars
Andrew - Adelaide, Australia
The organ solo is really good. But the rest of the song is boring and derivative. If Jim Morrison hadn't taken drugs, he wouldn't have had anything to say.Musicmama - New York, Ny
Kreiger actually wrote a large proportion of the bands hits. His guitar style was not influenced by Santana at all. His style was influenced by Wes Montgomery. In a recent guitar mag, Kreiger said if he had his time over again he would use a pick instead of his fingers!

Light my fire is easily one of the greatest songs of all time.
Craig - Melbourne, Australia
I love the entire song but Krieger's guitar solo was definitely influenced note by note by a relatively unknown San Francisco guitarist of the time by the name of Carlos Santana.Samuel R. Smith - Evansville, Indiana, United States
Oliver stone made Jim look like a drunk and a selfish idiot , I heard he was quite sensitive who's words were well chosen and thats the side Oliver never portrayed in the Movie ! I think the movie should be a Do-OVER ! Nice try Oliver but no cigarRalph - Portland, Or
this song was NEVER used in a commercial for an Opel Buick. Jim said if the company used Light My Fire for their commercial, he would make a tv commercial of his own; one of him smashing an Opel with a baseball bat.Red - Los Angeles, Ca
Yes, Light my Fire is on the level of Stairway and Freebird, etc. But Light my Fire is one of the worst Doors' songs. Light my Fire is also the best song to have playing during sex.Michael - Jacksonvillw, Fl
Steve, Jim killed the deal.Ruby - Cc, Tx
i no this song so good, it was sold without jim's permission to be used on a buick commerical, called "com on buick light my fire" and i hate em' for itSteve - Winnipeg, Canada
Ray Manzarek is God on this song.Ekristheh - Halath, United States
Ed Sullivan did not want them to sing the "higher" line. Morrison did it anyway and the Doors were not invited back.Joel - Lawrence, Ks
Truly one of the top Rock songs of all times. Stairway to Heaven is not even close to this one. Freebird either.Ray - Memphis, Tn
Great song - I also have a bootleg copy of it performed live by ZeppelinSteve - Markham
light my fire is a one of those great long soloed physadelic songs of the 60's.rays intro was genuis. robby's guitar solo was perfect.and jim topped it off.forever 27Taylor - Barnum, Mn
I love Jim Morrison and the Doors. I have the doors movie directed by oliver stone, i have their songs and i also have couple of books about them. Now i am reading Ray's "light my fire". he is such a great musician. i mean, can anyone play bass and the piano at the same time??? about "light my fire", i love that song. little disappointed coz it wasnt jim's song though. but the line about "funeral pyre", that is just genious. and the solos? classic!Stink - Tasmania, Australia
The guitar solo in Light My Fire is incredible, well ahead of its time. The middle of the song is like a great jazz improvisation with keyboards, drums, and Kriegers guitar playing off each other. To me the song is more enjoyable for the instrumentation and musicianship than King Baritone's vocals. And I'm not being sarcastic: Jim Morrison is the greatest baritone rock singer of all time. This was the Doors song signature, not his. I think of LA Woman as the signature Morrison song, with The End not far behind.Jon - Gotham, Ny
robby krieger did a great job writeing this song,
but i think that jim morrison did an even better
job singing it.
this is one of my fav songs, whenever i here it on the radio, i cant get it out of my head.
Veronica - Melbourne, Australia
Jim Morrison smoked 4 ounces of dope in one day, and when the Doors first got together the went out in search of peyote, but they didnt find anyBlake - Toronto, Canada
The doors(except jim because he hated that he didnt write it) all called into every radio station they could think of requesting light my fire by the doors to increase popularity.Spencer - Mcbride, Canada
When I saw Ed Sullivan's reaction to Jim not altering the lyrics, I almost peed my pants.Joe - Lockport, Il
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida was released in 1968Cameron - Irvine, Ca
Once Jim Morrison asked a drinking friend of his what he thought of Ligh My Fire and his friend said he loved it except for the line "Try now we can only lose
And our love become a funeral pyre"
which was the only lines the Morrison contributed to the song
Brettt - Grapevine, Tx
if you watch the Doors movie, during the sullivan show val kilmer jumps at the camera during the "girl we couldnt get much higher" line trying to show that morrison meant to say it. But download the real sullivan version and morrison doesn't even move or look up when he sings the line. I think it was just added in the movie for more of a rebelous edge.Jeremy - Michigan, Mi
I think this is a great song.....i love the Ray Manzarek keyboard.....i think one of the best songs ever recorded and one of the best songs that ever will be recorded....by far the best doors song...Yeah go DOORS
-Chris Galea-
Chris - Paradise, Ct
I guess anything could be inspired by anything else. But for the record, "My Favorite Things" was written by a very famous Broadway composer named Richard Rodgers for the Broadway play "The Sound of Music." Sometime after it was made into one of the most successful movies of all time (starring Julie Andrews), jazz horn giant John Coltrane adapted the song into a beautiful jazz instrumental. Whatever.... I seriously doubt any of this was on the minds of The Doors in 1967. If anything, they were simply trying to record something to top "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida".Dirk - Nashville, Tn
A classic classic rock hit. The opening guitar solo is fabulous. I really liked Jose Feliciano's slowed down, Latin beat remake.Howard - St. Louis Park, Mn
It isn't about death..."Try now we can only lose
And our love become a funeral pyre"...it's about sex and losing virginity...I'm sure you can all guess what type of fire he's talking about...burning desire and all that...hence the "pyre"...
Bex - Yorkshire, England
My anecdotal experience -- Light My Fire made FM radio what it is today.

Everybody I knew listened to Beatles songs on AM until Light My Fire was released in 1967.

There ways a mass migration to FM, mainly to listen to the full version of Light My Fire.

I wish I had access to data on the growth of FM before 1967 and after to proof this point.

This has to be the most influential rock-n-roll song ever.
Dan Baker - Chicago, Il
brandon- how did you think of that lighter thing?? lol.. that was randomCarolyn - Roch Hills, Mi
id just like to say that this song has one of the longest musical solos or whatever of any song that i will actually listen to. it rocksCarolyn - Roch Hills, Mi
The most brillant song ever made in man kind.Alana - Porcupine, Canada
Ray Manzarek made up half the band. They would be nothing without ray. He was a bass player and keyboardest at the same time. Also note that robbie wrote lots of songs: love me two times, light my fire, Touch Me, Yes the River knows to name some.Megatron - Aurora, Il
This song is pure genius!!. Although Jim later started to hate it because in every concert they were begged to play this song and he didn´t write it, Robbie Krieger did!! Except for the lines "wallow in the myre" and "funeral pyre"(not sure about that line but it sure sounds like Jim´s writing) Long live Jim Morrison ....AND John Densmore. The rest of the band are a**holes, trying to re-live the glory days, but they are like 100 years old and getting Ian Astbury, J.M wannabe, to sing is just plain STUPID!! But Jim is the most poetic, expressive and most human musician ever...without nearly any musical training!!Just out of the blue!!
Think about it. Peace
Auðurv. - Reykjavik, Iceland
This is #35 on Rolling Stone's list of 500 greatest songs.Ross - Independence, Mo
Great song. I love how Jim said "he got nervous" on the Ed Sullivan show. Wow were those different times, not being able to say girl we couldn't get much higher. Now Eminem can say "ass like that" 50 million times in a song.Matt - Millbrae, Ca
Um, well I know that a few people have said it already, but I have seen the Ed Sullivan performance, and Jim didn't scream "Girl, we couldn't get much higher". By the way, the look on Ed's face when the Doors finished was priceless!!!

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Cameron - Cairns, Australia
I don't have the Ed sullivan version but, i saw it, and I don't think Jim screamed the line 'Girl we couldn't get much higher". I think the line he screamed was "try to set the night on fire" or whatever the words are.Stefanie Magura - Rock Hill, Sc
I have the song from Ed Sullivan as well, and he does scream a line, but he screams "Try to set the night of fire!" and not "Girl, we couldn't get much higher!"John - Boston, Ma
Morrison deserves to still live man.And ya lee the organ solo rocks and so does every aspect of the songSwaman - St Louis, Mo
For the first couple of years on tour, Jim Morrison would only face the band throughout most of the show. This made many fans angry, especially when they played this song and The End. However, Jim said it just added to his passion of performing his heart out.Justin Mcshea - Columbia, Mo
the doors are the best band ever,the lizard king will live foreverFoxy Lady - Fresno, Ca
Found 'wallowing in the mire' for you too - it's from the Bible.

2 Peter 2:20-22 "For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world ... the dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire"
Calum - Edinburgh, Scotland
Mire is muddy sloop sloppiness. It could be used to describe a muddy marsh.Calum - Edinburgh, Scotland
I love this song! It's really relaxing and the the sang, words and instruments are so good! But I have one question: What does myre means?Bavo - Oostrozebeke, Belgium
Somebody said earlier that their dad watched the Doors on Ed Sullivan and he SCREAMED the line 'girl we couldn't get much higher'

Well your daddy is a liar

Contrary to what Oliver Stone portrayed in the Doors movie, Jim sang this line as eloquently as any line preceeding.
He was a poet, not some grotesque, suggestive sleaze. He sang the line gracefully, not forcefully as if starved for attention.
I've seen the recording!
Xavier - Melbourne, Australia
I always thought this song was about lighting a joint: "get much higher...light my fire." Anyone?

And, for Kyle, you probably made that dream up, but just in case you didn't, I'm gonna ask you to see a therapist, 'cause you've got some serious Freudian implications going on there.
Will - Schoharie, Ny
Ray is a really talented musician. It's a shame he has to open his mouth and reveal how much of a spacehead he isSparky - Pitcarin, Pa
Robbie Krieger wrote this song after one rehearsal when Jim told the band members to each go home and write a song. he told them to think of the four elements when writing the songAnthony - Quincy, Ma
Robbie said that he told to write a song. He thought the only way to keep up with Jims words were to include the elments. Oh by the way Ray thought of the organ intro. Read Light my fire By Ray MAnzarekNut Sac - Long Beach, Ca
robby quotes elinor rigby in the live versionJohn - Anytown, United States
Another one of my all time favorites! I was a big Doors fan and I was especially crazy about Jim Morrison! It's too bad he had to die at such a young age!Kathy - Jasper, Al
Yet again The Doors involve death in their lyrics.... "funeral pyre"Karen - Dallas, Tx
Without a doubt, the greatest rock and roll song ever recorded. It has it all. At least IMHO anyway. I'm pretty sure many of you feel the same. I was fortunate enough to see the Doors at the Hollywood Bowl at age 9 thanks to my older brother sneaking me out of the house.Art - Bellflower, Ca
when you hear the lyrics in the first compared to the second, you realize how good a singer/lyricist morrison wasWill - Portland, Or
The extended version clocks in at 7:08Sylvan - Berkeley, Ca
Highlights the talent of Manzarek and Krieger. In general, Krieger's guitar solos early on weren't that great, but this one is an exception.Adrian - Wilmington, De
I think it's pretty obvious that Krieger wrote the first verse and Morrison wrote the second. The second is so much more lyrically complex.Adrian - Wilmington, De
yeah that is my favorite doors song.
My dad said that when he watched that episode of the Ed Sullivan Show, he didn't just say the line "girl we couldn't get much higher," He screamed it!
Will - Portland, Or
The members of the doors and their studio crew helped this song grow in popularity in their native California by calling in at all times of day requesting "light My fire" by the DoorsScott - Bismarck, Nd
ray's organ intro and solo rocksLee - Durham, Nc