Love Me Two Times

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"Love Me Two Times"
Single by The Doors
from the album Strange Days
B-side "Moonlight Drive"
Released November 1967
Recorded May and August 1967
Genre Blues rock, psychedelic rock
Length 3:16
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Robby Krieger
Producer(s) Paul A. Rothchild
The Doors singles chronology
"People Are Strange"
"Love Me Two Times"
"The Unknown Soldier"

"Love Me Two Times" is a song by The Doors. It was written by the band and first appeared on the 1967 album Strange Days. It was released as the second single (after "People Are Strange") from that album, and reached number 25 on the charts in the US.[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 lyrics were written by guitarist Robby Krieger. According to band members, the song was about a soldier/sailor on his last day with his girlfriend before shipping out, ostensibly to war (Vietnam).[citation needed] Ray Manzarek described the song as "Robby [Kreiger]'s great blues / rock classic about lust and lost, or multiple orgasms, I'm not sure which."[2]

Live versions[edit]

  • 28 December 1967 Winterland Arena - San Francisco, CA
  • 17 March 1968 Back Bay Theatre - Boston, MA
  • 6 September 1968 The Roundhouse - London, UK
  • 18 September 1968 Copenhagen - Denmark, TV Show
  • 20 September 1968 Konserthuset - Stockholm, Sweden (1st show)
  • 20 September 1968 Konserthuset - Stockholm, Sweden (2nd show)
  • 10 November 1968 Minneapolis Concert Hall - Minneapolis, MN
  • 14 December 1968 L.A. Forum - Inglewood, California
  • 24 January 1969 Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
  • 1 March 1969 Dinner Key Auditorium - Miami, FL
  • 7 February 1970 Long Beach Sports Arena - Long Beach
  • 18 April 1970 Honolulu Convention Center - Honolulu, HI
  • 6 June 1970 Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum - Vancouver, BC
  • 21 August 1970 Bakersfield Civic Auditorium - Bakersfield, CA


Cover versions[edit]



  1. ^ "((( The Doors > Awards )))". AllMusic. Retrieved October 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Manzarek, Ray (Oct 15, 1999). Light My Fire. Penguin. p. 258. ISBN 9780698151017. 
  3. ^ Densmore, John (Nov 4, 2009). Riders on the Storm: My Life with Jim Morrison and the Doors. Random House Publishing Group. ISBN 9780307429025. 
  4. ^ "Aerosmith on MTV Unplugged". Rock This Way. Retrieved October 21, 2012.