Doors – Love Her Madly

This is one of the Door’s radio hits that I like. I bought the album LA Woman at relative’s yardsale for 10 cents when I was around 12. I went through a Doors phase and even bought the An American Prayer album with a lot of spoken word poetry by Jim Morrison. That ended my fascination with Jim and the Doors. I do like some of their radio hits…my phase lasted around 6 months.

LA Woman is a good album and was the last album they recorded with Jim Morrison, who died shortly after it was released. The album peaked at #9 in 1971.

Doors guitarist Robby Krieger wrote this song on a 12-string guitar. It is about the numerous times his girlfriend…later his wife Lynn, threatened to leave him. Krieger said: “Every time we had an argument, she used to get pissed off and go out the door, and she’d slam the door so loud the house would shake,” 

The song peaked at #11 in the Billboard 100 and #3 in Canada in 1971.

 

From Songfacts

Krieger, John Densmore, and Ray Manzarek recorded a new version with Bo Diddley for the 2000 Doors tribute album Stoned Immaculate.

This was recorded in a very casual atmosphere. The musicians all played together, with no overdubs. They produced it themselves, which meant they could relax and make their own rules. The whole album was recorded in just two weeks.

The group’s longtime producer Paul Rothchild had this to say in an interview with BAM magazine: “That’s exactly the song I was talking about that I said sounded like cocktail music. That’s the song that drove me out of the studio. That it sold a million copies means nothing to me. It’s still bad music.”

Along with “Hello, I Love You,” “People Are Strange” and “Soul Kitchen,” this was used in the movie Forrest Gump. It plays in a scene where Jenny (Robin Wright) runs out of a motel with a black eye.

The title is a twist on a phrase Duke Ellington popularized. At his concerts, he would say, “we love you madly.”

The Doors didn’t have a bass player, but sometimes used one in the studio to beef up the low end. On “Love Her Madly,” Jerry Scheff, famous for his work with Elvis Presley, played.

Love Her Madly

Don’t ya love her madly
Don’t ya need her badly
Don’t ya love her ways
Tell me what you say

Don’t ya love her madly
Wanna be her daddy
Don’t ya love her face
Don’t ya love her as she’s walkin’ out the door
Like she did one thousand times before

Don’t ya love her ways
Tell me what you say
Don’t ya love her as she’s walkin’ out the door

All your love
All your love
All your love
All your love

All your love is gone
So sing a lonely song
Of a deep blue dream
Seven horses seem to be on the mark

Yeah, don’t you love her
Don’t you love her as she’s walkin’ out the door

All your love
All your love
All your love

Yeah, all your love is gone
So sing a lonely song
Of a deep blue dream
Seven horses seem to be on the mark

Well, don’t ya love her madly
Don’t ya love her madly
Don’t ya love her madly

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

15 thoughts on “Doors – Love Her Madly”

  1. A really good single. I went through a ‘Doors phase’ around when the movie came out in the aarly-’90s. I still like a lot of their music but more and more think that Jim Morrison was rather a self-absorbed a**h more than a great visionary. Although he did write some good lyrics. I think to me Ray’s keyboards really made the band, or elevated them above the crowd.

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    1. After getting that album An American Prayer…I thought man… he is somewhat full of himself and bs. But…like I said I do like some of their songs and yes he could be a good lyricist when he was grounded.
      The band was a great great band. I felt for them…for what they had to go through…but yea without Morrison they probably don’t make it.

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  2. Could never get into these guys. I tried by getting Greatest Hits, reading No One Gets Out of Here Alive and even watching Kilmer play Jimbo in the Doors movie.
    Still a no go. lol

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    1. Yea man…I couldn’t get past Jim after I was really exposed…some of their songs are alright… Well no one can say you didn’t give them a chance lol

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