Doors Drummer John Densmore Reveals The Inspiration For 'Hello, I Love You'’

The Doors were photographed under the pier in Venice, CA. Photo by Henry Diltz.
The Doors were photographed under the pier in Venice, CA. Photo by Henry Diltz.

50 years ago, The Doors tore up the charts with the hedonistic track 'Hello, I Love You'—their second single to hit the #1 spot in America after the band's breakout hit 'Light My Fire.' Half a century later, Doors drummer John Densmore is still taken aback by the psychedelic song's first verse.

"What a great opener, 'Hello, I love you, tell me your name,'" Densmore told Rolling Stone recently. "Like, whoa, OK. That’s aggressive. You’re in love with me but you don’t know my credentials?"

Although the song cemented the image of frontman Jim Morrison as a wild child, in real life, the Lizard King was much too bashful to be so forward, according to Densmore.

"He was sort of 'Southern shy'," he explained. "Well, if he got loaded, he got a little more open—a little too open sometimes."

Yeah, the sheriff of Dade County would definitely agree.

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