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Love Her Madly by The Doors

Album: LA WomanReleased: 1971Charted:
  • Doors guitarist Robby Krieger wrote this song on a 12-string guitar. It is about the numerous times his girlfriend (and later, wife), Lynn, threatened to leave him. "Every time we had an argument, she used to get pissed off and go out the door, and she'd slam the door so loud the house would shake," Krieger said.
  • Krieger, John Densmore, and Ray Manzarek recorded a new version with Bo Diddley for the 2000 Doors tribute album Stoned Immaculate.
  • This was the last album they recorded with Jim Morrison, who died shortly after it was released.
  • This was recorded in a very casual atmosphere. The musicians all played together, with no overdubs. They produced it themselves, which meant they could relax and make their own rules. The whole album was recorded in just two weeks.
  • Along with "Hello I Love You," "People Are Strange" and "Soul Kitchen," this was used in the movie Forrest Gump. >>
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    bob - Laguna Beach, CA
  • The title is a twist on a phrase Duke Ellington popularized. At his concerts, he would say, "we love you madly."
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Comments: 29

Many years ago I read the Jim Morrison book about the Doors. My memory is sketchy but I recall Jim Morrison being impacted by the sight of wild horses that had gotten stuck in deep mud and were panicked. For years I have thought the line in the song was actually "Seven horses sink, two feet under mud" and I have listened a thousand times and based on the book's influence, that's what I hear every time in spite of the lyrics on the internet saying something different. If I can locate the quote in the book, I'll come back and post it.Jeff - Texas
On April 4th 1971, "Love Her Madly" by the Doors entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 at position #74; five weeks later on May 9th, 1971 it peaked at #11 {for 2 weeks} and also spent 11 weeks on the Top 100...
It reached #3 on the Canadian RPM 100 Singles chart...
Between 1967 and 1973 the quartet had fifteen* Top 100 records; three made the Top 10 with two reaching #1, "Light My Fire" for 3 weeks in 1967 and "Hello, I Love You" for 2 weeks in 1968...
R.I.P. Jim Morrison {1943 - 1971} and Ray Manczarek, Jr. {1938 - 2013}...
* Two of the fifteen records charted after the passing of Jim Morrison.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
Tony I think you are the closest so far.Chris - Norman, Ok
Well... I think this is being overthought. We all know that Jim Morrison loved his drugs, and heroin is often referred to as "horse". To tie this into the song, he's saying that the girl (who apparently was driving him crazy with her on-again, off-again attitude) was gone again. So, "sing a lonely song of a deep blue dream," where blue dream is a grade of weed from India. And "seven horses seem to be on the mark"... would that be seven lines of heroin? When they're all lined up it would look like seven horses at a starting gate - so they're on the mark.Tony - Columbus, In
Yes Jim, I do love her. Shirley I love YOU!!Adrian Razo - Siler City, Nc
It can't be a reference to the Apocalypse, because that is only 4. The Four Horsemen of The Apocalypse. so your dumb for saying that. Think race track, just meaning ready and waiting. =]Aron - Lancaster, Ca
'7 horses seem to be on the mark', possibility that its's a reference to the apocolypse? an attempt to illustrate the writers mental anguish,the horses are on the mark,ready to world is about to fall apartLouis - Cork, Ireland
Thanks Angie, for that explanation of the lyrics. I went to your site recommendation of the sun temple and read it. Very interesting.... Nonetheless... One can't help thinking that if the Doors had been trying to fully evoke the ancient vision of the "progressive ascent to heaven" (as if that has anything to do with a guy's girlfriend dumping him) they could have managed to sprinkle in just a few more clues among lyrics like "wanna be her daddy," and "tell me what you say," etc.... I'm still not convinced that on the recording I hear about once a day on the radio Jim Morrison is actually singing the words "seven horses seem to be on the mark." I just don't hear it.... Love the song, but I don't hear it.Dirk - Nashville, Tn
I once heard that Chicago's Peter Ceteras father played bass to this tune. Not sure if it's true, but who did play bass if it wasn't him?Joseph - Beacon, Ny
for anyone interested, my reference was from the website - Los Angeles, Ca
I did extensive research because these lyrics were stuck in my mind: If Robbie wrote this song as was stated, or even Jim for that matter and was singing about his girl friend leaving and she was the light of his life or whatever, the following would describe perfectly a literary reference he analogized to her leaving to seven horses seem to be on the mark:

"The main temple is designed as a vast chariot with twelve pairs of massive and beautiful wheels. It is pulled by a team of seven stately horses, appropriately decorated for the grand occasion giving the impression of the Sun-god emerging from behind the blue sky. It is a finest expression of the creative genius that went with the Oriya artisan.
The huge wheels on the sides of the high platform and the east staircase are exquisitely carved. Against the sides of the staircase can be seen the galloping horses so beautifully sculptured. Each of these seems to have a symbolic meaning. The seven horses represent the seven days of the week, the twenty-four wheels suggesting the twenty-four fortnights of the Indian year. The eight spokes on the wheels stand for the eight pahars into which the day and night were divided. The three-tier pyramidal structure, one shelf above another, had the amalaka finial spire at the top. It was suggestive of the progressive ascent to heaven.

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Angie - Los Angeles, Ca
This is a great song... Love The Doors. It has several wierd lines in it, so it seems somewhat mysterious...Ruby - Cc, Tx
That seven horses line--"to be on the mark"... I know you see it written that way, but sometimes printed lyrics get stuff wrong after the fact. I actually have a book of Bob Dylan lyrics that he himself typed, and he changed a lot of the lyrics as he typed. If you listen to the Doors record, it doesn't really sound like those are the words Jim Morrison is singing. Do you think?Dirk - Nashville, Tn
i was just thinking...i have never heard this song, but if he loves her madly...then wild horses couldnt drag him away...but maybe she has left a few times before...say...6...and maybe the 7th time he finally had 7 horses would be enough to drag him away...hence "seven horses seem to be on the mark"..but then i might be wayyy off...Trey - Halifax, Canada
"Seven horses seem to be on the mark" - It may be a drug reference to heroin. I'm not sure how many horses race in a standard track but they start from their mark. As A kid I though it was "Seven horses with two feet on their mark". Who knows what Krieger was thinking. Anybody else got a guess?Lalah - Wasilla, Ak
I dunno...only song that doesn't seem to fit the albumD - Many, Ma
Good song, The Doors are great!Matthew - East Brunswick, Nj
For some reason I keep getting this stuck in my head, but that's okay because it's a good song.Ashley - Moncton, Canada
That's not what they sing, listen to the song, or look at the lyrics if you have to. Great song, one of The Doors best.Matthew - Downers Grove, Il
I thought this was classic Doors getting over on the establishment. Listen to's not Love Her Madly, it's Don't You Love Her Ass (she just happens to be walking out the door)...Tim - San Antonio, Tx
This was the song that producer Paul Rothchild criticized as "elevator music." Rothchild, who was recording with Janis Joplin until her untimely death in October 1970, did not like the attitude of the Doors, who all seemed apathetic and indifferent during the early stages of the LA Woman album sessions. Eventually he left, and told the Doors to produce the record on their own (with the help of Bruce Botnick, their trusted engineer). Soon the Doors got their act together, and produced what Manzarek considered, their finest album to date.Barry - New York, Nc
i love this song, and i got sick of most of the doors stuff after a month, this along with spanish caravan, unknown soldier and people are strange are the few doors songs i likeSean - Newmarket, Canada
"When you're a Doors fan Love Her Madly will be the only song you WON'T love!"
Why though? Me and my friend, we are Doors big fans and we adore this song. It's Beautiful!!!
Kat - Tbilisi, Other
This may sound strange, but this song sounds great playing on a jukebox. Used to play this on the college lunchroom jukebox in early 80's...Scott - Chicago, Il
Kathy the line "seven Horses seem to be on the mark", might have something to do with the line before it: "Of a deep blue drema". I don't know what though.Stefanie Magura - Rock Hill, Sc
What does the line, "seven horses seem to be on the mark" mean?Kathy - Jasper, Al
On the Kids in the Hall show, there was a sketch about a guy being inducted as a "Doors fan" by a record store clerk. The guy tells the clerk he's always liked Love Her Madly. The clerk tells him "When you're a Doors fan Love Her Madly will be the only song you WON'T love!"Kris - Toronto, Canada
this song was played in the backround of a scene in forrest gump. where jenny is leaving her boyfriend. i think that scene fits the song perfectly.Will - Mcallen , Tx
Don't you love her as she walking out the door. Him pissing pam off (one of many) but he did love her madly. he was a romantic and lunaticDesirae - Harrison, Oh
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