You know that it would be untrue
You know that I would be a liar
If I was to say to you
Girl, we couldn't get much higher
Come on baby, light my fire X2
Try to set the night on fire
The time to hesitate is through
No time to wallow in the mire
Try now we can only lose
And our love become a funeral pyre
Come on baby, light my fire X2
Try to set the night on fire, yeah
The time to hesitate is through
No time to wallow in the mire
Try now we can only lose
And our love become a funeral pyre
Come on baby, light my fire X2
Try to set the night on fire, yeah
You know that it would be untrue
You know that I would be a liar
If I was to say to you
Girl, we couldn't get much higher
Come on baby, light my fire X2
Try to set the night on fire X4


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  • +5
    General CommentOf course this song is about passion and sex, but Morrison also probes darker territory. Being a fan of Nietzsche and Freud (see: The End), he is also interested in the relationship of sex and death. Sex is a brush with annihilation, and orgasm is at once the center of creation and the feeling of complete disconnection from the world. Indeed, the french sometimes call orgasm "la petite mort" or "the little death."

    Morrison makes the metaphor explicit with the line "And our love become a funeral pyre." He uses the image of fire here and in the chorus to express this duality of passion and destruction, two impulses which in fact have much in common. But rather than a violent destruction (the subject of another discussion), his appears to be a more nirvana-like and ascendant end, declaring, though he says it is a lie, "we couldn't get much higher," and evokes the image of his ashes blowing away in the smoke.

    This song can be read as a kind of nihilistic view of sex as a metaphor for life, in which the end (death) and the beginning (orgasm) are indistinguishable. It may also be seen as a commentary on the hopeless entanglement of love, sex and death in romance. One commenter remarks the lyrics remind him of a lover's joint suicide, like a willing Romeo and Juliet. The glamour of death lends Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers their place in our hearts, and the same may be said of Morrison himself, whose tragically young end has made him a sex god, immortal in the same way he seems to dream of becoming in this song.
    asciipornstaron January 23, 2008   Link
  • +4
    General CommentHe had one of the sexiest voices in the world of music...
    Kezon June 16, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General Commentthe long instrumental in this song is pure musical orgasm.
    rukuson December 18, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General Commenthey retard they all died at 27 not 28! i hate people who think they know what they are talkin about but have no clue!
    IMJM4371on May 05, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt should be made illegal to cover this song, Will Young is a wanka
    bowenon June 16, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"The time to hesitate is though", awesome line.
    JayManon May 26, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLove, passion and sex... Yum. Robby did a nice job on this one.
    swanstreeton April 14, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentanybody else think that the word "mire" sounds a lot like "maya" the hindu term for illusion or letting your mind trick yourself..
    bfyteon November 02, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou haven't heard "Light My Fire" until you've heard the original one. The original (You can listen to it (if unfortunately you don't have the original LP) if you buy The Very Best Of The Doors) has the opening drumsmack (John Densmore) and Ray playing in a carnival organ- type of music.
    JoeyRamone65on March 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou're right Joey. I always get mad when I hear the version with Ray's wicked Vox Continental electro organ solo and Robbie's guitar solo cut out. Those solos made the song! ClearChannel public radio really shouldn't be afraid to play long songs instead of cutting them in half first. In my opinion, they also shouldn't be afraid to play songs that aren't predominantly English, but that's another story.

    Actually, in the movie, the making of Light My Fire is shown and Ray says the song is "jazz, man!" I think Alabama Song and Back Door Man are more resemblant of carnival organ music.
    GermanOrganistBrockon March 15, 2008   Link

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