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