The Doors, Love Me Two Times: the meaning of the song

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Love Me Two Times, single from The Doors’ second album, Strange Days, released in 1967.

The band explained that it’s a song about a man who spends with his woman the night before his departure for Vietnam. Jim Morrison enters the guitar riff in a sensual way. He is inviting, he tells her woman to love him several times that night. He’s going to go away and he wants it twice. Almost a challenge.

Make sure I can have enough of you for when I’m gone.

Morrison follows this inviting and seductive beat, this up and down that stays lively through the distorted notes of Manzarek’s clavinet. While Morrison cries, Manzarek and his solo transform the atmosphere into the typical rock of the 60s, with the guitar coming back, talking about sex. A constant in The Doors’ songs, made of the pain of a tormented soul like Morrison. Their songs are always torn apart by pain. On stage they scream vehemently about a deep, instinctive sex, about death and suffering, war, loneliness and love.

The Doors - Love Me Two Times

And that’s why Morrison is angry, in the end of the song.

On this simple syncope, on this seemingly playful clavinet, on this erotic guitar, he screams what he really wanted to tell his woman.

Love me twice not to satisfy me, not because I dare you to do it. But because I’m going to die!

Morrison knows how to do it right. He can get angry, show his weaknesses, scream his feelings.

Screaming Love is Rock. A Rock full of contrasts. Full of life.

Love me two times, babe
Love me twice today
Love me two times, babe
‘Cause I’m goin’ away


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