Hello, I Love You

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"Hello, I Love You"
Single by The Doors
from the album Waiting for the Sun
B-side "Love Street"
Released June 1968
Recorded February–May 1968
Genre Psychedelic rock, acid rock
Length 2:13
Label Elektra
Songwriter(s) Jim Morrison
Producer(s) Paul A. Rothchild
The Doors singles chronology
"The Unknown Soldier"
"Hello, I Love You"
"Touch Me"

"The Unknown Soldier"
"Hello, I Love You"
"Touch Me"

"Hello, I Love You" is a song written by Jim Morrison of the American rock band the Doors from their 1968 album Waiting for the Sun. It was released as a single that same year, reaching number one in the United States and selling over a million copies in the U.S. alone. In Canada, it hit number one as well.[1] The single also became the band's first big UK hit, peaking at number fifteen on the chart.

This was one of six songs recorded by the proto-Doors band Rick & the Ravens on a demo for Aura Records in 1965, that the band shopped around Los Angeles record companies, eventually landing them a brief signing with Columbia Records. Sometimes the title is listed as "Hello, I Love You (Won't You Tell Me Your Name?)" or "Hello, I Love You, Won't You Tell Me Your Name?" The title that is printed depends on how early of a pressing the record is.

At the time the single was released, stereo 45 rpm records were generally unknown — especially in the Top 40 format. This recording by the Doors was promoted as the first rock 45 rpm record in stereo. It includes a long musical sweep about 1:20 into the song, starting at the left channel and panning across into the right channel, in a very ostentatious demonstration of stereo effect. This release, along with the Rascals' hit song, "A Beautiful Morning," are credited with initiating the industry changeover to stereo recordings as the norm for 45 rpm singles.[2]


Jim Morrison wrote the song in 1965. The track was one of six demos, and was not released until three years later.[3]

While the band was recording their third album, Waiting For The Sun, there was some difficulty as Morrison's drinking was making work impossible. Drummer John Densmore threatened to quit the band and the rest of the band decided to look through some of Morrison's old poems in an effort to calm him down. One of the poems, "Hello I Love You", had been written one afternoon, while Morrison and Ray Manzarek watched a girl walking on the beach.[citation needed] Early American pressings of the single used the title "Hello I Love You Won’t You Tell Me Your Name".[4]

Plagiarism controversy[edit]

In the liner notes to The Doors Box Set, Robby Krieger has denied the allegations that the song's musical structure was stolen from Ray Davies, where a riff similar to it is featured in The Kinks' "All Day and All of the Night". Instead, Krieger said the song's vibe was taken from Cream's song "Sunshine of Your Love". But Davies has continued to assert that the Doors' song was based on his. In a 2012 interview with Mojo magazine, Davies said, "The funniest thing was when my publisher came to me on tour and said The Doors had used the riff for 'All Day And All Of The Night' for 'Hello, I Love You.' I said rather than sue them, can't we just get them to own up? My publisher said, 'They have, that's why we should sue them!'"[5][better source needed][6] And in a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone, Davies suggested that an out-of-court settlement had been reached with the Doors.[7]

Real life influences[edit]

The last verse was written by Jim Morrison three years prior to the album recordings, reportedly about a woman he saw walking while living on Venice Beach.[8]

"Sidewalk crouches at her feet
Like a dog that begs for something sweet.
Do you hope to make her see you, fool?
Do you hope to pluck this dusky jewel?"



Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by Oleander, Buddy Rich, Missing Persons, The Cure (on the 1990 compilation Rubáiyát), Eurythmics, Simple Minds, Anal Cunt, Neil Young, Adam Ant, Adam Freeland, Siouxsie Sioux, Kiyoharu, the Lithuanian postmodernist rock band Antis, and the Persian alternative singer Mohsen Namjoo.

It is also referenced in the Dresden Dolls' song "The Perfect Fit" and Pulp's "Dogs Are Everywhere". Hip Hop artist Necro mixed and released this tune as "You Ho".

In popular culture[edit]

The song was used in the movies Platoon and Casualties of War.[5][better source needed] The song was also used in the 1981 movie Neighbors and can be heard at the beginning of the Mad Men series finale Person To Person. In the show Glee Cory Monteith sang a cover of it in the episode entitled "Hell-O".

Chart performance[edit]

The song spent two weeks at #1 (see below), and was also in the Top 5 at the same time as Jose Feliciano's version of "Light My Fire". This put two of the Doors' tunes simultaneously in the Top 5.[9]


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[17] Gold 1,000,000^


  1. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 9, No. 23_24, August 19 1968". Collections Canada. Retrieved January 17, 2012.
  2. ^ Everett, Walter (May 2010). "'If you're gonna have a hit': intratextual mixes and edits of pop recordings". Popular Music. 29 (2): 233. doi:10.1017/s026114301000005x. 
  3. ^ "The Doors, 'Hello, I Love You' – Lyrics Uncovered". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  4. ^ "BBC Radio 2 - Sounds of the 60s - Brian's Weekly Sleevenotes - 19 July 14". bbc.co.uk. 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Hello I Love You by The Doors Songfacts". www.songfacts.com. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  6. ^ "The Kinks "All Day and All of the Night" (1964) vs. The Doors "Hello, I Love You" (1968)". Retrieved 2017-09-24. 
  7. ^ Greene, Andy (November 27, 2014). "Ray Davies". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-06-10. My publisher wanted to sue. I was unwilling to do that. I think they cut a deal somewhere, but I don't know the details. 
  8. ^ "The Story Behind The Doors: "Hello, I Love You" - Rifftime Blog". Rifftime Blog. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  9. ^ "The Doors: A Billboard Chart History | Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  10. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 27 September 1968
  11. ^ UK Official Charts, 3 September 1968
  12. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  13. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, August 8, 1968
  14. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". collectionscanada.gc.ca. 
  15. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  16. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 28, 1968
  17. ^ "American single certifications – Hello I, Love You (Won't You Tell Me Your Name?)". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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