Light My Fire

One of the Doors first songs, written primarily by the band’s guitarist, Robby Krieger, (who also wrote three other big hits – “Touch Me”, “Love Me Two Times” and “Love Her Madly”).

Light My Fire was their first top charting hit, succeeding first as an LP track, then shortened by more than 4 minutes, and issued as a single. The song is consistently featured in various “greatest songs ever” lists, landing #35 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

I love the Doors, I used to listen a lot to them. I specially loved Raiders on the Storm, listening to it in my first car, with my friends, smoke a spliff, windows up, and close my eyes to the sound of the rain and the intro of that fantastic keyboard and bass line.
It is a mood song, and I’m sure that I travelled as far as Jim Morrison did while singing and recording these songs.

Ray Manzarek said in an interview with NPR about “Light my fire”, but it was true for the whole album –

We were aware of Muddy Waters. We were aware of Howlin’ Wolf and John Coltrane and Miles Davis. Plus, Jan and Dean and The Beach Boys and the surf sound. Robby Krieger brings in some flamenco guitar. I bring a little bit of classical music along with the blues and jazz, and certainly John Densmore was heavy into jazz. And Jim brings in beatnik poetry and French symbolist poetry, and that’s the blend of The Doors as the sun is setting into the Pacific Ocean at the end, the terminus of Western civilization. That’s the end of it. Western civilization ends here in California at Venice Beach, so we stood there inventing a new world on psychedelics.

[Verse 1]
You know that it would be untrue
You know that I would be a liar
If I was to say to you
Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

[Chorus]
Come on baby, light my fire
Come on baby, light my fire
Try to set the night on fire

[Verse 2]
The time to hesitate is through
No time to wallow in the mire
Try now we can only lose
And our love become a funeral pyre

[Chorus]
Come on baby, light my fire
Come on baby, light my fire
Try to set the night on fire
Yeah…