“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.
Ray Manzarek played the final version of this song on a harpsichord, not a clavichord. Manzarek described the instrument as “a most elegant instrument that one does not normally associate with rock and roll.”
“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.
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). 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.”
Jim Morrison – lead vocals
Robby Krieger – electric guitar
Ray Manzarek – harpsichord
John Densmore – drums
Douglass Lubahn – bass guitar