Riders on the storm X2
Into this house we're born, Into this world we're thrown
Like a dog without a bone, An actor out on loan,
Riders on the storm
There's a killer on the road, His brain is squirmin' like a toad
Take a long holiday, Let your children play
If ya give this man a ride, Sweet Emily will die
Killer on the road, yeah
Girl ya gotta love your man X2
Take him by the hand, Make him understand
The world on you depends, Our life will never end
Gotta love your man, yeah, Wow!
Riders on the storm X2
Into this house we're born, Into this world we're thrown
Like a dog without a bone, An actor out on loan
Riders on the storm, Riders on the storm X5


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  • +20
    General CommentThis song is about being a small part of a largly chaotic universe.
    OceanOfChaoson May 08, 2002   Link
  • +6
    General CommentThey were thinking of ideas for songs, and they were listening to a song called "Ghost Riders In The Sky," a cowboy song by Stan Jones. And came up with this song.

    Jim was working on a screenplay for a movie at this time, he used alot of parts from his screenplay in the lyrics. And the movie is about a hitchiker who kills people when they pick him up. Kinda like The Hitcher with Rutger Hauer.
    Muzzyon March 05, 2003   Link
  • +5
    General Comment[Riders on the storm]
    Well, life is hell, impredictable.

    [Into this house we're born, Into this world we're thrown
    Like a dog without a bone, An actor out alone]
    We are here, but why? Life is unfair, stupid, senseless..
    we are just like a gods without a bone, beings without purpose. There's a killer on the road, His brain is squirmin' like a toad

    [Gotta love your man, yeah, Wow!]
    We have to love, society tell us that. But if life makes no sense at all, why sould we care about it? Life is all about living the absurd.

    I have doubts in the part of the serial killer. Maybe, as Jim is a clear nihilist, is a metaphore of death, the only thing that will happen for sure in our lives.

    (just my point, to understand this song study some philosophy)
    Nirvannaon June 12, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis is one of the songs that got me into The Doors, because this is song is what life really is. We are thrown into this world on alone, we have our false hopes, dreams, and gods, we may have those around us, there are dangers and threats that can happen to anyone, and life is a storm that we are riding out.
    Warharton February 25, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTruely live life for you know not when death will come. my guess.
    Hildeon April 28, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOk- here I go...heres my part...take it or leave it...
    This song is about human persecution. "Into this house we're born, Into this world we're thrown" somehow making it into existence in this world...and "Like a dog without a bone, an actor out alone" its you versus the world..."There's a killer on the road, His brain is squirmin' like a toad" Everyone is the killer...you fuck up everything you come across like young children messing around with toads for fun...someones gonna break a leg. "Take a long holiday, Let your children play" says that your not going to keep them safe forever...let them get out...let them do what they will do because you cant really stop them and theyre going to die one day anyway..."If ya give this man a ride, Sweet memory will die" The man is pessimism...if you only believe what is bad about something...you wont have any good memories...you dont know when your gonnna die.."Take him by the hand, Make him understand" means that you should take your pessimism and show it that endulging in what you want equals fun. Yea...you may have some bad outcomes...but it is sure as hell beter to have done it "The world on you depends, Our life will never end" Ok-you die...its not as bad as people crack it up to be because there millions of them...someone will probably fill your place. so there you have it-"Riders on the Storm as proposed by NC' somebody go ahead and bitch about it because im sure somebody will...
    NCguard63on October 19, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOK here it is the real meaning of ROTS............... You are born, you live and you die. Morrison hated the randomness of life and saw death as the only certainty. Thus he empathises with psycho killers who are compeled to kill in there efforts to garner control and order in their lives. Morrison was obsessed with the Ida Lupino movie the Hitch-hiker about a sadistic pyscho who is picked up by two holidaying businessmen. Being the misogynist that he was it was up to women to help and comfort men as they rode the turbulant random storm of life.
    Kiwi_Dudeon December 05, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMorrison practiced 'consciousness flow' which allowed him to mix and match whatever thoughts coursed through his mind that rhymed, in this song, it just happened to be women and Serial killers like manson. There is no 'hidden' meaning.
    sirql8on December 15, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis evolved out of a jam session when the band was messing around with "Ghost Riders In The Sky," a cowboy song by Stan Jones.
    Philadelphia Eagleson October 27, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIf you listen closely, Jim recorded the lyrics in a whisper. You can hear him whispering the lyrics at the same time he is singing them. Beware - once you hear it, you will never be able to listen to the song again without hearing his whispering.

    This song is about life, and how to live. I think in this song, the storm is death - we are all riding along just barely in front of death (i.e., death is always over your shoulder). If you give up hope (give this man a ride - the man is obviously the reaper) then your sweet family will die. Giving up hope kills.
    RogueLawon February 28, 2007   Link

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