Riders On The Storm

Album: LA Woman (1971)
Charted: 22 14
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  • 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 family 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.

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Comments: 106

  • Helena from United KingdomThis is a gorgeous, yet creepy song, to me. Eric Red wrote the 80s thriller "The Hitcher" with this song in mind. I love that movie ...this song reminds me of it every time, and of the gorgeous Dutch actor Rutger Hauer who played the Hitcher of the title. I love Morrison's whispered lyrics over his singing, too. I like listening to this on a rainy night, alone!
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaNot really a Doors fan but loved that rain effect. This is sort of a creepy song to me.
  • Pete from Brownsville, PaAm I remembering correctly, but I think I heard a version of "Riders..." where someone is saying he killed another person? can I get conformation?
  • Juno from SomewhereThis song makes you imagine yourself in the 70's waiting for a car to drive by and pick you up because of the rain. Lost and cold and thinking of the one you love wishing you were wrapped in the warmth of their arms.
  • Victoria from Wellington, NzThe lyrics 'Into this house we're born, into this world we're thrown' are life changing and so simply define how strange it is to exist from nothing.
  • Edouard from FranceNew "Riders on the storm" music video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrmUl-oJTo0
  • Barry from Sauquoit, Ny*** 'Into this house we're born, into this world we're thrown' ***
    On June 27th 1971 (June 27th), one week before Jim Morrison's death, "Riders On The Storm" entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #74; and on August 29th, 1971 it peaked at #14 (for 1 week) and spent 12 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #1 in France, the country were Jim passed...
    R.I.P. Mr. Manczarek (1939 - 2013) and to The Lizard King (1943 - 1971).
  • Chris from Norman, OkWhat an insult to his memory to let Scott Stapp do anything of his.
  • Mitvinder from Mohali (india), IndiaMan, the song just sounds great on my Samsung Note2 with virtual 7.1 channel effect on. I just downloaded 2cd set of Best of Doors which I heard 13 yrs back in college a few times, old marryjane days... ah to be young and listening to Doors, Guns and Roses,Aerosmith, Pink Floyd, Pearl Jam and other legends.
  • Anna from New Oxford, PaWas Jimmy on an acid trip when he wrote this? it sounds like it.
  • Jim from Pleasant Hill, CaAlan: I don't think the Bronson movie "Rider on the Rain" had any relation to this song, nor was it played in the movie.
  • Sandy from Enterprise, FlWould this be the same Mary Werbelow now living in the Los Angeles area, age 67?
  • David from Woburn, MaIf you listen very carefully with the volume in your headphones as loud as it can go, toward the end of the song (over the last few "Riders on the storm"s if that makes sense) you can hear Jim gleefully screaming and whooping in the background "NOW LET'S RIDE! WHOO!" These were brought to the forefront in the terrible remix with Snoop Dogg.
  • Helvira from Sherman, TxThe verse "His brain was swirling like a toad, Take a long holiday...." then "If you give this man a ride, sweet memory will die" to me is how Morrison tells that as he passed the dead indian, he welcomed the essence of his soul into himself, even though it doesn't admit that the soul would have entered even if he hadn't given permission.
  • Torsten from Hobart, AustraliaThe Killer on the Road which will cause the sweet memory to die refers to the effect Dean Morriarty had on JM as a youth and how it set out a new path for his life to take, like a virus he contracted which led him also to become a rider on the storm. It is part of a disenchantment in his philosophies in his last years which found expression in distorted earlier metaphors. That indian soul when he was4 he portrayed as a hitchhiker, but then the hitchhiker metaphor became an agent of corruption. "where friends do lie and drift insanely in their own private gardens" "Tell them you came & saw" ...and conquered
  • Julian from Berlin, GermanyDoes anybody know how the rain sound effect was created on the Rhodes? I'd like to do it myself, but have no idea how.
  • Michael from Winnipeg, MbI've always loved this song. It does give me the shivers sometimes though. I get the same eerie feeling from the Pixies "Where is my Mind" I don't know any songs that give me the same feeling. Let me know if you do?
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyFrom wikipedia.com - According to Robby Krieger, "{Ghost} Riders in the Sky" inspired the classic Doors song "Riders on the Storm."[citation needed] The Doors also covered Ghost Riders in the Sky.
  • Claude from Kingston, MaI had no idea that this was the last song Morrison recorded before he died. Mystery solved. He killed himself in shame after writing(?) one of the lamest, go nowhere songs ever. He really was a hack you know.
  • Sara from Kenosha, United Kingdomlove this song, love the doors, love all there music.love the sounds love the voice.
  • Reese from Some Were In Texas, TxIf you like orchestra and the doors this website is for you. This has no lyrics just instruments.
    http://www.amazon.com/Riders-Storm-Doors-Concerto/dp/B00004YMTH
  • Voltron from Makati, PhilippinesFrom the movie, Of Fear and Loathing, I heard Johnny Depp say "We are all riders on the storm." I just recalled it today, and have not watched the movie quite well, but, I think, the storm is life, and obviously, we are the riders. And there is always something out there to get us. Problems, illnesses, humilations, debts, addiction, and all other s--t. To overcome these adversities, we are the only ones who can help ourselves. It is all about how we deal with things.
  • Denzell from Maple Grove, MnI love the whispering
  • Eduardo from Recife, BrazilHey, doesn't anybody thinks that the rhythm of the drums on this song reminds of horses walking?
  • Chloe from St. Louis, MoI love that quote, Adam- "Truth exists beyond comprehension". Precisely. Who is this Emily he's talking about?
  • Adam from Los Angeles, CaRodney, Montreal------------Truth exists beyond comprehension.
  • Arturo from Dallas, Txthis is the greatest song by the greatest band ever "the doors" rock
  • Oldpink from New Castle, InAlan, Townsville, Australia,
    The movie you mention really had nothing to do with this song, but you are talking about "Rider on the Rain."
    hth
  • Oldpink from New Castle, InWhen I first saw "The Hitcher," I immediately made the connection to this Doors masterpiece.
    Fantastic atmosphere, love Morrison's double-tracked whisper vocals, and the lyrics are jarring to put it mildly.
    "There's a killer on the road/His brain is squirming like a toad."
    Killer on the road, an a killer song.
  • Gérard from Paris, FranceOn of the greatest song and music of the past century in this sort of fashion music.It is strange,this mix beetween pop and jazz.
    I am not nostalgic of that; I only love it.

    Good night so long, Gérard

    Sorry for my english language
  • Stormy from Kokomo, InThis song always reminds me of a dark, cold, stormy night at Halloween! I just love the "darkness" of this song!
  • Timmy from Mukilteo, Waquite possibly one of the most genious songs of all time
  • AnonymousThanx to John Mansfield T-rex for the seminole and toad explanation; Thanx so much to Justin Shirley New Why for the summerian legend of the lizard god, now i know why i've been feeling so connected to Jim recently; Bobodobo Des Anges Californiens, Rodney Tavares, i agree with you, and the fact that he plurals the riders is, imho, an encouragement to awake to the fact that many of us are potential gods who don't really need to be "riding on the storm" and can wake up any time.
  • Nady from Adelaide, Australiaugh i love how Jim's voice just rolls along in this song it's so pure!hte whispery screaming at the end always gives me shivers, goodness me he was lovely
  • John from Mansfield, TxI Often Wondered What Jimmy Was On When he Wrote The Line
    "There's A Killer
    On the road,
    His Brain Is
    Squirmin'Like A Toad"!!
    Granted,Jimmy Was From Florida and The Seminole Tribes Supposedly Licked The Skin Of A Certain Species of Toad Because Their Skin Secreted A Substance That Caused Hallougenic Visions!!
    FYI:Dave Barry Wrote A Very Funny Column A Few Years Back About That Species of Toad!!
    He Also said"You Can't Spell florida Without'Duh'!!".
  • Lance from Malibu, CaI agree with Katie from Maryland. Except for the weed part. Magic mushrooms are much better. LOL
  • Vicky from Belfast, United KingdomRodney Tavares, Montreal, Canada Thats pretty much how i feel about this song. Theres something very existential about the words... like 'into this world we're thrown' and especially 'the world on you depends' (could be a take on the belief that we create the essence of our existence and are the consequence of our own actions) maybe thats in relation to the 2nd part i duno. Make from it what you will. Such a pure song.
  • Mark from Byrdstown, Tn"killer on the road.....his brain is squirming like a toad"------that line always summed up the crazy killer type, like Manson, for me.I always thought this line was one of the coolest ever...so much said in just a few words.
  • Heather from St.louis, Ili want to talk to randy.....his paragraph is amazing..i feel the same way..jim morrison is a poet... his song writing so deep
  • Avi from Pt, Israelit was snoop dogg, and it was for the need for speed underground 2
  • Jonny from Lincoln, EnglandXzibit(or some anoying rapper) did a cover of this song..
    Grr...

    Also this song lasts 7:16 minutes
  • Mike from West Bend, WiWHO IS THIS EMILY THAT HE SPEAKS OF?
  • Steve from London, EnglandMe and my gf always put this on late at night,so relaxing and calming,very atmospheric,,only problem is we never make it to end of record without falling asleep!!
  • Hermie from Oak Forest, IlThis song is also on there greatest hits cassette.
  • Tukina from Pocatello, IdJimmy boy was probably the best lounge singer I ever heard. "Riders on the storm, hey try the fish, riders on the storm, I just flew in and are my arms tired, there's a killer on the run, how ya doin sweetheart, what brings ya to town?" Hardcore!!!
  • Musicmama from New York, NyStranded on the bowl/Stranded on the bowl/Stuck without a rooool/ Stranded on the bowl...Gotta be a man/Gotta be a man/Gotta wipe it with your hand/Gotta be a man (Sing this to the sound of your toilet flushing.) Anyway, this is one of The Door's better songs.
  • Nick from Edmonton, CanadaRodney, you gotta get me some of those shrooms
  • Dmytro from Kharkiv, EuropeBoys, I hardly imagine that other song so beautiful as Riders On The Storm was ever written by anybody... Really amazing piano, really amazing background rain... I'm crying...
  • Arthur from Hollywood, FlI don't know if it matters at this time but the wispering in Riders On The Storm came from the change in tape format. When we went from 8 track to Quad, Redhead re-recorded the rear L & R channels by wispering. When we went to cassette it was mixed down to stereo with the wispering included.
  • Rodney Tavares from Montreal, Canadai listened to this song while on shrooms and at once its meaning hit me, it felt like i'd known this song my whole life and the song felt like it was part of me. WE are all riders on the storm, and we are all just thrown into this thing called existence and we take it for granted but when we really think about it we get confused, what is life? what are we? how do all the interactions in my brain add up to me, and make me feel like me and not someone else? The storm we are riding is existence. Now the rest of my interpretation is subjective and I am open to different interpretations. I beleive that wen jim says "girl you gotta love your man" he is basically refering to how women are more mature than men and how they are more equipped to handle the harshness of life (i disagreewith this, personally)and basically they gotta love us men who are more like children. as for the killer on the road it could represent all the hardship and danger that comes with this storm (life's harsh reality)so to me this song made me feel that i was just thrown into bein and now i must ride this storm whether i wanted all this or not, unfair!
  • Alan from Townsville, AustraliaThere was movie that used the song as a theme.
    It starred Charles Bronson & Jill Ireland.
    She killed a man who tried to rape her and
    Bronson was the detective who was investigating the murder. He eventually fell in love with her.
    His character cracked nuts by throwing them at a pane of glass. He said if you broke the glass that meant you were in love.
    What was the name of the Movie ?
  • Robert from Houston, TxI was 13 yrs old when I first heard it.....and was as blown away by it then as much as I still am today......the lyrics man, Jim truly was a "word man" as he said.
  • Vikas from Mumbai, IndiaFor first few months i thought it was "like a dog without a bone and act around alone".
  • T. Michels from Venlo, NetherlandsCould someone please tell me where 'The killer on the road' is refering to, it's drivin' me nuts :S
  • Ray from Memphis, TnVery overrated song. Poor lyrics from one of the best - Jim M.
  • Bill from Erie, PaTo me, this song perfectly sums up the career of Morrison and the Doors. The two albums Krieger, Manzarek and Densmore made after Jim's death, while they still have the Doors' sound, kind of seem tacked on.
  • Jonathon from Clermont, FlThis has to be my favorite song by the Doors. It just grooves along...
  • Pascal from Dallas, TxI agree... good with party favors..
    Jim Morrison loved to spread "the fear"
    and bask in it. To over come it like Hunter S Thompson. Thats not what Morrison Called it.. but it has that effect.. Infinity
    But great in any state of mind..
    The Doors are on the level.
    They engineered it to suck you in on all levels and help ease the "loner" feeling.
    Seems that even if the song is about being a loner.. its purpose is to make the loner feel stronger and explained. Through some one else singing about being alone. Hence.. Unity in solitude. The doors also use multi-use metaphors. That seems to get people that are "frying" to spend the whole night talking about how many meanings it has. So its goal is to help people learn. Maybe.. Define learning. To melt peoples eyebrows off their foreheads from being perplexed. Perfect thought invoking song. So ninja like. Im talking out my ass.. I dont know what im talking bout.. later..
  • Mel from South Australia, Australiaomg...there is a remix to this song, 'riders on the storm' with blondie's 'rapture'...i was disgusted to hear it! you dont TOUCH the doors classic stuff...especially with BLONDIE!!
  • Jack from Lowell, Ma"into this house we're born,
    into this world we're thrown."

    great words, defines that alienated feeling perfectly. we're thrust into this world w/out a choice and have 2 make the best out of it.
  • Gary from Dallas, Tx"Riders on the storm" is supposedly loosely based on killing spree of 21-year-old Billy Cook which started started on December 30, 1950. Cook, posing as a hitchhiker, forced a motorist at gunpoint to get into the trunk of his own car and then drove away. Over the next two weeks, Cook went on a senseless rampage. He kidnapped nearly a dozen people, including a deputy sheriff, and murdered six of them in cold blood, including three children. He also attempted other killings and terrorized the southwestern border states.

    The song was inspired by the song 'Ghostriders in the sky'.

  • Robert from Mission, CanadaA most powerful song. Doors music will be still be played for a long time into the future. Long live The Doors
  • Scutter from Harrisonburg, VaCheck out the "American Prayer" album for an alternative version of this song that will give you the feeling that Morrison is the killer.
  • Jim from Qinhuangdao, Chinaall my life, I thought it was "sweet memory" too.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScIKt is "sweet family". I thought it was "If you give this man a ride, sweet memory will die." In some weird way, I guess both of those would make sense.
  • Josh from Las Vegas, Nvi haven't heard the snoop dogg version, but it's nice to see that people have an open mind. in other rock oriented posts, you might hear of just how much of a disgrace this would be no matter what (although that is the case with a few rap/rock covers)
  • Angela from Nick's Bed, PaBobodobo, that is an interesting explanation of the song. Throughout The Doors movie, theyy play this song quite a lot. In my opinion, it really sets the movie off.
  • Bobodobo from Los Angeles, CaI thought the lyrics were pretty clear. "Riders on the storm" are people who just can't fit into the society that surrounds them, so they just try to hang on and ride out the storm. Jim Morrison was a rider on the storm (who was thrown into this world) if there ever was one. And the texture of this song is amazing, especially the keyboard work.
  • Mike from Pittsburgh, Paif u listen to this song while its storming its pretty scary...
  • Joey from Boston, MaThe ''doo-doo, doo-doo'' synth line in Michael Jackson's ''Billie Jean'', sounds a lot like the jazz guitar riff in the middle of ''Riders on The Storm''.
  • Joe from Madison, WiThe BEST doors song ever. and probably the best bassline ever. Jim Morrison haunts me....
  • Joyce from Philippinesprovocative! makes me wanna _slowly thrash_ myself dancing.. i luv this song.
  • Zack from Rockford, IlRIDER on the STORM, ITS SINGULAR jim whispers it about 5 and a 1/2 minutes into the song. and
    - Dylan, marietta, PA, Jim got his nickname from one of his poems, and i agree with (Justin, Shirley, NY)on this one.

    "The whole Celebration of the lizard closely follows Sumerian Mythology where man was created by "Gods" that were described as Giant Lizards in some text. Morrison being highly educated probably heard the myth and used it as inspiration for his the Celebration of the Lizard. I am the Lizard King probably means that he is the ultimate God."
    - Justin, Shirley, NY
  • Gary from Seattle, WaThe song is about a serial killer. According to Ray Manzarek
  • Petter from Ã?ngelholm, Swedenlol, this is one of the few songs that a lot of people seems to recommend to listen to while you're stoned. I've listened to the album named The Doors while in an "proper" mind, but it didn't turn out so well. during Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar) I got bad pictures in my brain of Jim dressed like Alex from A Clockwork Orange. that was creepy...
  • John Mulderig from New York, NyThere are some highbrow literary references in this song: The title, "Riders on the Storm", is taken, I believe, from a poem by Hart Crane. As for the "killer on the road", this may well come from an unproduced screenplay of Jim's. But behind both the screenplay and the lyric, I believe, there stands the influence of a short story by Flannery O'Connor called, ironically, "A Good Man is Hard to Find". If you haven't read it, do. In fact, read all of Flannery's stuff, she rocks!
  • Stephanie from Denver, CoO sorry, family is often misheard but it is memory. Hehehe
  • Stephanie from Denver, CoIf you give this man a ride, sweet family will die........Well don't give him a ride!
  • Barry from New York, NcManzarek's fender rhodes solo is great, in fact the entire album has excellent keyboard work. Manzarek has always considered the LA Woman LP their best work.
  • Marlow from Perth, Australiajim will always be with us!
    long live the lizard king!
  • Louis from San Diego, CaSnoop Dog kind of re-made this song. He kept everything the same in cluding Morrison's lyrics. Instead of singing over him he sang with him. During the long instrumental parts he would add his of lyrics which would go with the tone of the song. He also added a nice litle and simple base line making it more of a rap song. Obviously not as good as the original, however a pretty neat rendition.
  • Ashley from Moncton, CanadaI think this is possibly the coolest song ever made. Actually, no doubt about it, this IS the coolest song ever made. number two- Crabbuckit by K-Os if you've ever heard of it.
  • Justin from Chicago, IlOh man, this song under any substance is glorious. Especially that I've listened to this song enough to me orize the song on AIR KEYBOARD. Damn straight.
  • Elysia from Hamilton, New ZealandDefinitely appreciated on a new level when stoned. Next time it rains sit in a room with a joint, crank up the sound and watch the rain...very eery, feels like Jim comes back to say hello... Nice touch being it was the last most of us heard of his voice.
    A beautiful song, I believe it is about us being thrown into this life with no choice and no idea where we are from, maybe another piece he tuned into in from the other side..just before he crossed over...
  • Bethany from La, Cathis is one of the greatest doors songs and yes you do appreciate it more when youre high! you really get lost in it, especially ray's solo
  • Vijay from New Delhi, IndiaOne of my all time favs........i realised there was JIM whispering in the background after listenin to it UNDER WEED......hehe.....makes it sound as if its a voice coming from inside.....
    Jim really knew how to CREATE pictures in front of ur eyes.....
  • Sumner from Paragould, AkThis song is sortof like an analysis of how unexpected things are. Such as even a harmless hitchhiker can turn out to be a serial killer. Jim also slips in a line, probably about Pamela- "Girl You gotta love your man"- like he usually does in most Doors songs. All in all this is one of the Doors best. Snoop Dogg remixed this song with new music by The Doors and a vocal track by Jim. Its pretty good, unexpectedly, and I like Jim's voice on it better than this one. This one is a little more eerie, and the Snoop Dogg remix is more groovy.
  • Ruben from Utrecht, NetherlandsI know the game. It's Need for Speed Underground. In between Jim's singing you'll hear that other American hero Snoop Dogg!
  • Junyi from Singapore, SingaporeSounds like you are in a drunken stupor, which is why I like it.
  • Josue from Sao Paulo, BrazilI was driving my car and singing "riders on the storm" when my sun said: "dady, that's the game boy song". it was because he use to listen it in a game. I didn't know, and that was a big surprise for me. My son is only 8, and that revelation sounded a kind of heretic! Doors in a game in XXI century! But its ok. Now, we - me and my boy - are listening day by day that doors's beautiful song. Pretty good!
  • Marty from Dublin, IrelandThis is probably the best song of all time! Recorded, as was the whole L.A. Woman album, in the Doors LA headquarters,no studio involved! Jim sung his vocals in the toilet with carpets on the wall to deaden the acoustics. Amazing album.
  • Karl from Portland, OrThis is another one of those songs that I think faintly refers to vietnam.
  • Shana from Pembroke, CanadaThis song is very creepy but I love it..and I noticed the whispering over top...freaky..
  • Shell from Riverdale, Ga"Morrison got some of the lyrics from a screenplay he wrote called The Hitchhiker (An American Pastoral). Morrison was going to play the part of a hitchhiker who goes on a murder spree." Weeellll...the things you learn in the damndest places. This quote brought to mind the C. Thomas Howell/Rutger Hauer film "The Hitcher" (great, by the way; I highly recommend it to all) so I checked IMDb and, lo and behold, the film's screenwriter says he was inspired by "Riders On The Storm".
  • Katie from Rockville, Mdjust as brian and corrine said...this song is amazing when your with maryjane. as is the solo in "light my fire"
  • Kathy from Jasper, AlThis is a beautiful song! A little creepy but that's what I like about it! I read in "No One Here Gets Out Alive" that he (Jim) went to live in Paris in March 1971 and died over there July the 3rd 1971. It wasn't announced about his death in the U.S. until about a week later. I remember how I cried when I heard about it, too!
  • Kathy from Jasper, AlI listened closely and I heard Jim whispering over his own singing, like Mark from West Bountiful, Utah said I would.
  • Fred from Longs, ScHey check this man. around 5min 45 sec very faintly you can hear jim morrison saying rider not riders "Rider on the Storm" groovy babe
  • Pavi from Mumbai, IndiaIncluded in the soundtrack of the movie The Basketball Diaries, in a scene where the seriously stoned Leonardo Di Caprio and his equally drugged up buddy Mark Wahlberg attempt to participate in a basketball match.
  • Justin from Shirley, NyThe whole Celebration of the lizard closely follows Sumerian Mythology where man was created by "Gods" that were described as Giant Lizards in some text. Morrison being highly educated probably heard the myth and used it as inspiration for his the Celebration of the Lizard. I am the Lizard King probably means that he is the ultimate God.
  • Dylan from Marietta, Pay do they call him the lizard king? i know in not to touch the earth he says "i am the lizard King,I can do anyhting" whats up with that?
  • Zak from Ganisville, Flok i understand that the rider on the storm is a deranged killer but the title is"riders on the storm" .......whats the plural for?
  • Travis from Watertown, Sdmorrison lived alot longer in france than two weeks. long live the lizard king.
  • Corrine from Shirley, Nyid have to agree with brian , it makes you zone out :)
  • Terri Lynn from Heart's Desire, Canadaexcellent song, the way it flows just makes you feel something inside yourself. powerful in a way that I can't really understand.
  • Brian from Paoli, InThe ultimate stoner song :P
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