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"Hello, I Love You" is a song by The Doors from their 1968 album Waiting for the Sun. It was released as a single that same year, reaching number one in the United Statesmarker and selling over a million copies in the U.S. alone. The single also became the band's first big UK hit, peaking at number fifteen on the chart.

This was one of the six songs performed by The Doors on the demo for Aura Records in 1965.

Some pressings of the single list the title as "Hello, I Love You (Won't You Tell Me Your Name?)".

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Allegations of plagiarism

In the liner notes to The Doors Box set, Robbie Krieger has denied the allegations that the song's musical structure was stolen from Ray Davies, where a riff similar to it is featured in the song "All Day and All of the Night". Instead, he said the song's vibe was taken from Cream's song "Sunshine of Your Love".

Real life influences

The last verse was written by Jim Morrison three years prior to the album recordings, while he was observing an attractive teenage girl at Venice Beachmarker.

"Sidewalk crouches at her feet

Like a dog that begs for something sweet.

Do you hope to make her see you, fool?

Do you hope to pluck this dusky jewel?"



Cover versions

The song has been covered by Oleander, Alex Nautical, Buddy Rich, Missing Persons, The Cure (on the compilation Rubaiyat, 1990), Rhythmical, Simple Minds, Anal Cunt, Neil Young, Adam Ant, Adam Freeland, Program the Dead, Siouxie Sioux and Lithuanian postmodernist rock band Antis .

It is also referenced in The Dresden Dolls' song "The Perfect Fit" and Pulp's "Dogs Are Everywhere". Hip Hop artist Nero mixed and released this tune as "You Ho".

Grindcore band Anal Cunt had a cover of this song as a hidden track on their Morbid Florist EP.

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