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 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 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 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]

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.