Wintertime winds blow cold this season.
Falling in love, I'm hoping to be.
Wind is so cold, is that the reason
Keeping you warm, your hands touching me.

Come with me, dance my dear.
Winter's so cold this year.
You are so warm, my wintertime love to be.

Wintertime winds blew in freezin'
Coming from northern storms in the sea.
Love has been lost, is that the reason.
Trying so desperately to be free.

Ah, come with me, dance my dear.
Winter's so cold this year.
You are so warm, my wintertime love to be.

La, la...

Come with me, dance my dear.
Winter's so cold this year.
You are so warm, my wintertime love to be.

This version of the song was the first to be released and is available on the original 1968 vinyl pressing of the album as well as the 1999 remastered CD versions of the album.


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    General CommentThis is THE cutest song I've ever heard in my life!
    HippieFlowerChild67on December 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWhen i hear this song; i dream away. If there would be one song that could make me cry, it would certainly be this one. Unfortunateley, any can do that with me. Unfortunately..
    It's very melancholic; it gives off a very special, melancholic, nostalgic, cosy, warm, lovely, though a bit sad, somber (wich song of the Doors isn't somber after all ! ;) ).
    Oh yeah; mind the wonderful organ work by Ray Manzarek during the second strofe and during the La, la. Its probably this that gives the song that strange melancholic, bit sad and somber emotions (like Ray's organ does in almost every doors song i thing).
    My favourite lines are 'Come with me dance, my dear; Winter's so cold this year', just beautiful.
    To return to the strange combination of feelings that this songs has in it (lovely, warm vs sad, somber) : That really fits with the lyrics: It's about 2 people that fall in love or are still in love in the winter. The winter actually is a sad, somber, depressing time in the year: cold, so everyone stays in his warm house and so there are less social contacts and people may get a bit lonely,.. Everybody knows what i am talking about.. But although, those 2 persons love each other and are very close and they feel warm when they are together.. => A warm relationship in a cold environment..
    You can see: The sound of the song AND the lyrics have the same opposite feelings in it.
    This is a perfect unity between 'the instrumental (part of the) song' and 'the vocal (part of the) song'.

    I often sit down, close my eyes and listen to this song, i love it beacause it touches me. It touches me and i feel fine with it because i am not afraid..

    One of the most underrated songs by the Doors !
    ChildInTimeon August 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWintertime winds blow cold this season.
    Falling in love, I'm hoping to be.

    Rational desperation.
    I remind you : "wintertime love to be"

    There is no relationship - only hope and cold.
    jacky_blue_noteon March 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe doors have always been unique with their style of music. Still today I've never heard anything like this.
    Beautiful song.
    Karatepopon April 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI feel that this song is commentary on summer's almost gone, as it is right after this on the ablum (I forget which one, waiting for the sun maybe?)

    "Wintertime winds blow cold this season.
    Falling in love, I'm hoping to be."

    - this contrasts the summertime situation. The whole world is cold, mirroring his situation now that his relaxed, sunny love is gone. He needs a pick me up basically, partially just a sex me up but also maybe a deeper relationship to rescue him. Hey it's what Mercutio or whatever said for Romeo to do so if it's good enough for Shakespeare...

    "Come with me, dance my dear."

    - makes me think it's a parody of a relationship; a dance i.e. sortof a contrived game? I don't know though, could just be a sortof less sinister let's get together...

    "my wintertime love to be."

    - He's still looking; not found. Could be before winter, i.e. fall when he's like, I need a new target so I'm not bumming the summer still.

    "Wintertime winds blew in freezin'
    Coming from northern storms in the sea.
    Love has been lost, is that the reason.
    Trying so desperately to be free."

    - To me this is another reference to the summer's almost gone song. This is from the summer song: "1)Noon burn gold into our hair 2) At night, we swim the laughin' sea and 3) We had some good times; But they're gone; The winter's comin' on; Summer's almost gone" Note that the laughing sea now has northern storms. There's no more burning or golden imagery with the winter. The good times that are gone, with the winter coming on, is the love that has been lost. Now, the situation isn't "I have a woman and I feel I may lose her" but rather, "I desperately want a woman" which is kindof like a symmetric, but opposite situation?

    I think that he's got the woman once relaxing now giving him icy isolation, now, he's seeing it as like, he was at a peak this summer, then it feel to a low point mid fall. Now, it's mid fall or a little later, and he's looking forward to a wintertime love. At the point he's at it's sortof pathetic, because he had a woman and now he NEEDS a woman to get by again but, it's actually the up-turn of the sin curve (anyone, math?) for him - he's not got the love found yet but he knows he'll be 'desperately' looking for that pick me up.

    See summer's almost gone too if you're looking into this song. Can't believe no one mentioned that yet, it's obvious they're linked even BEFORE you know they're right one after the other on the cd.
    dyggvion December 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThey've had better but this song is kinda groovy
    WorkingClassLoseron July 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe portrait of a guy hoping to fill the holes in his coat, possibly many of them, with some other guy. It doesn't sound like he will succeed. Sounds like he will be cold this year.
    Love 's been lost - is that the reason ?
    A thinking guy.
    jacky_blue_noteon March 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgood song
    wildchild628on November 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentone of my fav doors song, really poppy and catchy
    rocketsfan4lyfeon August 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNot the version of the song someone just shared with me but close. Thank you, Mr. Water (or is it Monster) for sharing your wintertime love. You are so very kind...as usual. Enjoy the love :D
    ComeOnEileenon January 02, 2012   Link

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