Tell All The People (as made famous by The Doors)

“Tell All the People” is a song written by guitar player Robby Krieger and performed by The Doors. It was the A-side backed with “Easy Ride” and was released in June 1969. It was the third single from The Doors’ album The Soft Parade. It is also known as “Follow Me Down” due to the use of the phrase in the song. The song reached #57 in the US charts.

All songs on The Soft Parade album displayed individual song writer credits, whereas previously these were shared by the entire group. The change was made by lead singer Jim Morrison who didn’t want people to think that he had written the lyrics to “Tell All the People” which tells the listeners to “…get your guns.”[1]

Love Me Two Times (as made famous by The Doors)

“Love Me Two Times” is a song by the American rock band the Doors. It first appeared on their second studio album Strange Days. It was edited to a 2:37 length and released as the second single (after “People Are Strange”) from that album, and reached number 25 on the charts in the United States.[1]

Ray Manzarek played the final version of this song on a harpsichord, not a clavichord.[2] Manzarek described the instrument as “a most elegant instrument that one does not normally associate with rock and roll.”[2]

“Love Me Two Times” was considered to be somewhat risqué for radio airplay, being banned in New Haven for being “too controversial,” much to the dismay of the band.[3]

The song was written by guitarist Robby Krieger. According to band members, the lyrics were about a soldier or sailor on his last day with his girlfriend before shipping out, ostensibly to war (Vietnam).[citation needed] Ray Manzarek described the song as “Robby [Krieger]’s great blues / rock classic about lust and lost, or multiple orgasms, I’m not sure which.”[2]

Jim Morrison – lead vocals
Robby Krieger – electric guitar
Ray Manzarek – harpsichord
John Densmore – drums
Douglass Lubahn – bass guitar

The Crystal Ship (as made famous by The Doors)

“The Crystal Ship” is a song by American rock band The Doors, from their 1967 debut album The Doors, and the B-side of the number-one hit single “Light My Fire”. It was composed as a love song to Jim Morrison’s first serious girlfriend, Mary Werbelow, shortly after their romance ended.

The meaning of the song has been debated. The title borrows from the 12th-century Irish Lebor na hUidre (Book of the Dun Cow) manuscript. The lyrics in the opening verse resembles a conventional love song, while the later verses are vague in intention and contain more challenging imagery. A music video was later compiled from footage of the band performing on American Bandstand, coupled with film of Morrison and Pamela Courson at Kern River, near Bakersfield.

Morrison’s lyrics are often deliberately vague, and this, coupled with the song’s dreamlike atmosphere,[1] has led to a great deal of speculation by critics and fans as to the meaning of “The Crystal Ship”. According to Greil Marcus, the opening lines “Before you slip into unconsciousness, I’d like to have another kiss” could be about “sleep, it could be an overdose, inflicted by the singer or the person he’s addressing; it could be murder suicide, or a suicide pact.”[2] Critic James Perone noted that the song’s title is open to wide interpretations, and that the crystal ship “could just as easily represent sleep as a drug trip”. He conceded that “in 1967 the latter would probably have been the more common interpretation”.[1]

A January 1990 letter to the Los Angeles Times claimed that the song was about crystal methamphetamine – the ship represents a hypodermic needle, and the kiss the act of drug injection. John Densmore responded by saying that although Morrison was aware that “crystal” is slang for methedrine, he “wrote ‘The Crystal Ship’ for Mary Werbelow, a girlfriend with whom he was breaking up: it was therefore intended as a goodbye love song.”[3]

According to local Santa Barbara lore, Jim Morrison wrote the song after taking LSD on an Isla Vista beach one night as he stared at the blinking lights of an offshore oil rig named Platform Holly. [4]

Jim Morrison – lead vocals
Robby Krieger – electric guitar
Ray Manzarek – Vox Continental, piano, keyboard bass
John Densmore – drums

Light My Fire (as made famous by The Doors)

“Light My Fire” is a song by the Doors, which was recorded in August 1966 and released in January 1967 on their self-titled debut album. Released as an edited single on April 24, 1967,[2] it spent three weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in late July, and one week on the Cash Box Top 100, nearly a year after its recording.

A year later, it re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968 following the success of José Feliciano’s version of the song (which peaked at number 3 on the Billboard chart), peaking at number 87. The song was largely written by the band’s guitarist Robby Krieger,[3] and was credited to the entire band. The single was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in September 1967 for 500,000 units shipped.[4] As of December 1971, it was the band’s best-selling single; with over 927,000 copies sold.[5]

A live version was released in 1983 on their album Alive, She Cried, the first of several live albums released in subsequent decades to include the song. “Light My Fire” achieved modest success in Australia, where it peaked at number 22 on the ARIA chart. The single originally reached number 49 in the UK in 1967, but experienced belated success in that country in 1991, when a reissue peaked at number 7. This reissue was more successful in Ireland, peaking atop the IRMA chart for two weeks in June. The reissue occurred due to a revived interest in the band following Oliver Stone’s film biopic The Doors. The song is ranked at number 35 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[6] It was included in the Songs of the Century list, ranking number 52. Feliciano’s cover version won a 1969 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, the same year he won another Grammy for Best New Artist.

The song originated as a Robby Krieger composition,[7] with Jim Morrison writing the second verse. Although the album version was just over seven minutes long, it was widely requested for radio play,[3] so a single version was edited to under three minutes with nearly all the instrumental break removed for airplay on AM radio.[7]

Ray Manzarek played the song’s bass line with his left hand on a Fender Rhodes Piano Bass, while performing the other keyboard parts on a Vox Continental using his right hand. After the recording session, producer Paul A. Rothchild brought in session musician Larry Knechtel to overdub[8] a Fender Precision Bass guitar to double the keyboard bass line.[9][10][11] When the Doors played the song at live concerts, Manzarek used the Fender Rhodes Piano Bass without augmentation.

The band appeared on various TV shows, such as American Bandstand, miming to a playback of the single. However, “Light My Fire” was performed live by the Doors on The Ed Sullivan Show broadcast on September 17, 1967. The Doors were asked by producer Bob Precht, Sullivan’s son-in-law, to change the line “girl, we couldn’t get much higher”, as the sponsors were uncomfortable with the possible reference to drugs. However, the meaning of the line was confirmed to be literal. [12][13] The band agreed to do so, and did a rehearsal using the amended lyrics, “girl, we couldn’t get much better”; however, during the live performance, the band’s lead singer Jim Morrison sang the original, unaltered lyrics.[12] Ed Sullivan did not shake Jim Morrison’s hand as he left the stage. The band had been negotiating a multi-episode deal with the producers; however, after violating the agreement not to perform the offending line, they were informed they would never do the Sullivan show again. Morrison’s response was “Hey man. We just did the Sullivan show.”[14]

Love Her Madly (as made famous by The Doors)

“Love Her Madly” is a song by The Doors that was released in March 1971. Composed by guitarist Robby Krieger, it served as the lead single from L.A. Woman, their final album with frontman Jim Morrison. Session musician and TCB Band member Jerry Scheff played bass guitar on the song. “Love Her Madly” became one of the highest-charting hits for The Doors. It peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and reached No. 3 in Canada.

Jim Morrison – Vocals, tambourine
Robby Krieger – electric and acoustic guitar
Ray Manzarek – Tack piano, Vox Continental
John Densmore – Drums
Jerry Scheff – Bass guitar

The B-side of the single is one of only three non-album B-sides by The Doors, the other two being “Who Scared You?” (B-side to “Wishful, Sinful”) and the relatively rare “Treetrunk” (B-side to “Get Up and Dance”).