People are strange when you're a stranger
Faces look ugly when you're alone
Women seem wicked when you're unwanted
Streets are uneven when you're down
When you're strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you're strange
No one remembers your name
When you're strange X3
People are strange when you're a stranger
Faces look ugly when you're alone
Women seem wicked when you're unwanted
Streets are uneven when you're down
When you're strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you're strange
No one remembers your name
When you're strange X3
When you're strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you're strange
No one remembers your name
When you're strange X3


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  • +8
    General CommentThis song isn't about being on drugs. Yes, Jim did a lot of drugs, but I don't think that's what this is about. It doesn't fit all the lyrics. This song (to me) is about outcasts to society. "People are strange when you're a stranger." This means you're a stranger to everyone, and because people won't let you in, they seem strange to you. "When you're strange no one remembers your name" means that no one even knows your name because they don't want to give you a change because you're weird or different to everyone else. However, the "faces come out of the rain" part does seem to me like you're on drugs...the only thing that I can sort of relate that to the meaning would be imaginary friends maybe? Haha, I'm not sure what that part means...but I do know that it's a very meaningful song and I can relate sometimes. <3
    Blackveilbrideloveletteron July 29, 2011   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI think being "strange" refers to being depressed while you look around you and see that everyone else seems to be happy. You walk around town, you have no one to talk to, no one knows who you are, you just don't seem to fit in, and you just keep getting more depressed. You notice the tiniest details with things ("Streets are uneven when you're down"). You can't find hope in your life, and you overanalyze everything, especially other people around you. People are strange.
    confinedinsanityon April 02, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti think its about being alone in a new place, and hes talking about being unwanted, "women seem wicked when you're unwanted" cuz its so depressing and u have to feel it to kno what it feels like, u cant just say it, he did pretty good tho, so i dont think it was just a bad trip
    bittersweetwillowon July 02, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General CommentSure, it was written in the 60's. Sure, it sounds like most other pshycadelic (sorry, can't spell that word) music. Sure, the Doors were into drugs. Does that mean that every song of their's you have to automatically link to drugs??
    -sorry, had to rant-
    Maybe every think, as it says in the first line, it's about being a stranger (not a stoner). When you're around people you don't know they won't remember your name and you'll be strange to them because you don't belong in their world. We seem to only see the bad things (like "ugly" face, "uneven" streets, or "wicked" women) when we're feeling bad.
    regular_freakon October 20, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA night where vampires stalk the innocent and a fat old guy getting loaded on OREOs and root beer stalking the bloodsuckers. Does anybody catch my drift?
    OpinionHeadon October 11, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen U are feeling down in the dumps then everyone else looks strange to u.... our moods effect our perceptions, not the people around us.
    pinkminkon June 26, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think these song its about seclusion and isolation, its like a person being watched through some kind of "secret camera" and revealing its most inner secrets, a person being one with society and holds a secret life that no body knows about. people are strange when you're a stranger....
    hexagon777on September 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationWell I think lyrically the song explains itself. A lonely strange world, presumably from a young man's prespective, (women seem wicked) I'm thinking 1st person Morrison, something he himself experienced or was riffing about. I try to hear the music with the words, as the song begins with that guitar walking down into the minor dissonant music that Jim sings over. His song and voice seem to convey the pain and conflict of his delima. Then when the song goes into the bridge (when you're strange, faces come out of the rain) the music here starts playing a macabre ragtime upbeat that you would imagine being played in a barroom from a ghost town in the old west. Like giving the lost spirits something to dance too, one last number for the road. On the final time he sings "When you're strange" he actually says after it "alright yeah!" it is not listed here but that is significant to note because musically the song takes off after that, this is Jim queuing up the band to jam through the pain. They do a music break there and this is where the song jams then comes back into the main verses but he sings with more juice, the song is really rocking at this point. Then when the final craziness stops, it is like the end-scene of a twilight zone episode. It is fitting that Robbie's guitar would start and stop the song, such a great musical puncuation to the words. One last thing, I think this song has the most original melody, almost child-like in it's simplicity (People are strange, when you're a stranger, la dee dee da da, la dee dee da).
    iNapperon February 22, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song means that it depends on your state of mind how the world looks!!!
    nierikaon April 25, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionWhat is really amazing is that Jim Morrison wrote 7 lines of nonsense and created so many different emotions and interpretations over the past 27 years. If you get a chance sort this thread in order from oldest to newest and read through the posts. I read them in the opposite order and that was very interesting. It's been active for over 10 years.
    gacannonon February 25, 2013   Link

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