My Wild Love

Album: Waiting For The Sun (1968)

Songfacts®:

  • "My Wild Love" is unlike any other song the Doors ever produced. It's minimalistic, using only handclapping, a rattle, and a primitive drum for backing music.

    The song tells the story of a "wild love" who rides out through an unnamed desert, farm, and sea. Japan and Christmas are mentioned as locations, but set as they are in the generally abstract lyrics, those places seem to have any literal importance.

    Early in the song, the wild love deals with the devil, but the "devil is wiser" and asks her "to give back the money she's spent." What all of this means, exactly, is never explained. The song is one of the more inscrutable of the Doors' repertoire.
  • The song was never released as a single and has never been studied as closely as many other Doors songs, but Jim Cherry, author of The Doors Examined, believes that the song was a "kind of work song."

    Cherry told Songfacts, "They were just starting out with it, clapping and stuff for the rhythm and everything, and somehow they couldn't work out the music angle to it. So they've just decided to expand on the format of the work song.

    There's a song, well not a song, but this thing that came out of something they were working on for Morrison Hotel, or possibly LA Woman. It's called 'Whiskey, Mystics, and Men.' It's a poem of Morrison's that I think they were working on as a song. It's a work song. It doesn't sound like 'My Wild Love,' but it has some of the same elements, like the hand clapping to the beat and everything. It's very a capella.

    So, that's why I think 'My Wild Love' is a kind of a work song that they couldn't work out the music to, so they just decided to go totally experimental."

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