Doors guitarist Robby Krieger wrote this song after their keyboard player Ray Manzarek implored the band members to go home and write some songs. Krieger came up with "Love Me Two Times" and "Light My Fire
" in about an hour. Jim Morrison wrote most Doors lyrics, but not all: Krieger typically had two or three songs on each album with his lyrics. The band split credits equally, so every member is credited on every song.
Krieger's lyrics were inspired by both The Doors going on the road and American soldiers going to Vietnam. The theme is sex as a way to survive in strange times, and the need to be "loved two times" before going away. Keyboard player Ray Manzarek called it, "Robby's great blues/rock classic about love and loss, or multiple orgasms."
Through most of the song, Jim Morrison left off the "s" in "two times," creating a double meaning to the phrase.
This continues the theme on Strange Days of an uncertain future. It continues the story of the estranged lover from "You're Lost Little Girl."
Although this was released as a single and became a hit, it was recorded for the first Doors album, but didn't make the cut. When it came time to record the second Doors album Strange Days, "Love Me Two Times" was ready to go.
Ray Manzarek played a clavinet on this track.
This was released as a single in December 1967, the same month Jim Morrison was arrested at a show in New Haven when he delivered an on-stage rant against a police officer who confronted him backstage with a young girl. This incident, combined with the rather suggestive lyrics of "Love Me Two Times," enhanced the dark, rebellious image of The Doors, but also scared them away from some family friendly radio stations that refused to play the song. I reached its chart peak of #25 on January 13, 1968, but have done a lot better if Morrison's baggage wasn't attached to it.
Robby Krieger credited a rather obscure song for inspiring the guitar lick on this song: "Southbound Train" by John Koerner, whose trio Koerner, Ray & Glover was one of Krieger's favorite acts.
Aerosmith recorded this in 1990 for the Air America
soundtrack. In 2000, Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek added slide guitar and keyboards to the existing recording, which was remixed & included on The Doors tribute album Stoned Immaculate
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In 2000, the surviving members of the Doors taped a VH1 Storytellers episode with guest vocalists filling in for Morrison. Pat Monahan from Train sang on this.
During a spoken section of the Dead Milkmen song "Bitchin' Camaro
," they talk about going to see a Doors cover band, and sing a reworked version of this song: "Love me two times baby, once for tomorrow, once cause I got AIDS."