Why Jim Morrison hated The Doors song 'Light My Fire'

by Jack Whatley
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(Credit: YouTube)

For every idealistic dream of the summer of love and hippie counterculture, there is usually a far darker and uglier side. For every flower power moment, there is dirt under your fingernails and, for every enlightening and ground shaking anthem, there is a singer who absolutely hated it. All that and more is compounded within The Doors euphoric song ‘Light My Fire’.

The song is largely regarded as one of the band’s finest pieces of pop music, and it arrived at a time when the whole of the world was beginning to let their hair down. Released in 1967, amid the burgeoning hippie scene in San Francisco, it provided a powerful reminder of the art at the heart of the new counterculture movement. Propelled by the confrontational and confounding lyricism of Jim Morrison (quite possibly the only true heir to the throne of generational poster boy), the track has become a landmark moment in musical history. And, yep, you guessed it, Jim Morrison hated it.


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