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
When you're strange
When you're strange

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
When you're strange
When you're strange
All right, yeah!

When you're strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you're strange
No one remembers your name
When you're strange
When you're strange
When you're strange


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People Are Strange Lyrics as written by John Paul Densmore Jim Morrison

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  • +15
    General Comment

    This 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
  • +12
    General Comment

    I 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
  • +5
    General Comment

    i 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
  • +4
    General Comment

    The song means that it depends on your state of mind how the world looks!!!

    nierikaon April 25, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    Sure, 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
  • +3
    My Interpretation

    I 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 15, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    A 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
  • +2
    General Comment

    I think paigepeach nailed it. Its about being an outcast, an outsider. Outcasts can be dumped on, scapegoated by others. People can start looking pretty ugly and evil. "Women are wicked..." Guys that are outsiders are rarely popular with women, and we know how snotty some woman can be to those they consider unimportant. "Streets are uneven when you're down" I think this could be about a lack of overall stability, mentally, emotionally, even economically, when you are a depressed outcast. I think it also could be that people with mental illness(outcasts) sometimes walk in a unsteady and careful manner,due to the illness.

    meaningmastaon February 03, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    I'm strange.

    I support the outcast theory. seems reasonable. Being an outcast can be sometimes overwhelming, but people who are that way usually couldn't be any other way. It kinda becomes who you are and you start to like it and need it even if it's killing you. haha :) I'm an outcast and it seriously hurts, but I think that's the only way I can ever be.

    Great song.

    MissNeuroticon February 22, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    When 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

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