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The Doors: People Are Strange Meaning

Song Released: 1967

People Are Strange Lyrics

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...


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    Nov 14th, 2006 11:30am report

    Actually, the song was thought up when jim was suicidal and his friends tried to calm him down. He went to calm his nerves by taking a walk. Walking around contemplating everything he sees people going about their daily life that he doesn't know, and they don't know him. "faces seem ugly, when your alone."he was around a lot of people, but he was by himself and didn't care about the 'ugly faces' around him. "people are strange, when your a stranger" means that two people are complete strangers and you know nothing of them so they appear strange to you.

    Genearlly it's a song he wrote when he was depressed.


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    Feb 24th, 2010 2:51pm report

    Dude, although Morrison was well-known for ingesting several different types of hallucinogens and this song may seem as if it were ALL about drugs but, in my opinion, the song was written moreso on depression as a few others wrote. I've heard, yes only hear-say, that Morrison wrote this song/poem while contemplating suicide by jumping off a bridge or something. It is also known (from the NO ONE HERE GETS ALIVE book) that Jim ate LSD (and probably other drugs which some were probably psychedelics)on a rooftop where he was living on someone's (I forget who) roof top nearly everyday of the week- literally. Also, remember at this time LSD was legal. It is also proven that some hallucinogens may cause depression and bipolar symptoms. This may have lead him to write this song. However, it is very unintelligent to say "ooo man he musta been trippin his balls off when he wrote that song!! Seein faces in the rain dude! holy shit man!! I WANT SUMMA DAT SHIT!" Simply, NO! What I think, and obviously have no proof, but I think what he meant by "faces come out of the rain" is that people/himself are sad and rain usually is relative to sadness (example: "I've had a bad day... It feels like I have a RAIN cloud over my head." Next, "Woman seem wicked" MAY have been about Pam Courson (his long-term girlfriend, or fuck friend- whatever lol)or another girl that mad him write this song saying woman ALWAYS seem wicked when I'm sad. "no one remembers your name" may refer to feeling depressed. I for one suffer from mild depression and if someone forgets my name or forgets to say hello or whatever, I feel depressed- or STRANGE. Therefore, "When your strange...." may also mean When your sad or depressed. Also I agree with whoever wrote the thing about him being around a lot of people and then being alone- "Faces look ugly when you're alone." Of course, I'm NOT ***NOT*** Jim Morrison therefore I can only give my own interpretation. I believe that any and every song has meaning to it but the listener should interpret the song HOWEVER THEY WANT OR THINK IT SHOULD BE INTERPRETED AS. You don't need to go on this site to find the meaning of a song but you should go on this site to view different opinions of the song. Maybe even meet a cool cat or somthin to chit chat online (and online only lol... fuckin paedophiles out there seriously man.)to discuss the song or other songs from different bands or songs. Hope I said something right dude... but Im sure someone out there will comment me and say "fuck you dilster! you're a cock bitch. I hope you get a new puppy, and you love that puppy! And then I hope that puppy, in which you've named Lucky, dies in your arms!! SO FUCK YOU DYLAN!!!" lol hope they don't take it to that level...

    -Dylan Stumbaugh -----
    (repin Cumberland, MD motha truckas! wasssssupp!!!)


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    Jul 22nd, 2007 7:03am report

    One word DEPRESSION. The feeling of the whole world is against you and feeling alone and no one understands how you/he feels. I also believe it shows some of Jim's paranoia. A lot of gifted people like Jim have a lot of emotional problems.


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    Jan 4th, 2016 1:22pm report

    Could be about any individual when he finds himself by traveling to exotic foreign countries in that the people and the woman could feel to appear not welcoming to him by some strange and wicked that he senses in their ways. Them living there within their cultures that appear to the stranger vacationing there that they are strange in some way that he is not accustom to feel unwanted. This perplexity about woman nature in their inviornment could influence him evenmore to feel estranged from her. In this ''other meaning'', especially during depression to over think yourself ''of course'' you could dissociate yourself with certain drugs or alcohol in the long run to clash in the difficult times of your life to the point of the mind getting into paranoia state to feel the ugliness of the old wife tale myths told about women that comes to life as ''the stranger'' to the mind to feel yourself that you're becoming strange within your addictions, while your defences are getting weaker not to empower you from the illusion of the fear of a woman that appears there is a strange and wicked presence in her that you cannot control to feel otherwise.


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    Feb 27th, 2013 2:46am report

    Jim Morrison was going through severe depression/anxiety which causes one to feel alienated and depersonalized (I know first hand). You feel like everyone around you is in a whole different world because you can't relate to anybody. People misinterpret my intentions/humor all the time even when I what I'm doing or saying seems obvious to me. To me they seem strange, but I guess I am in the minority. Mental illness gives people a different perspective on life and those who have never experienced it will never understand.


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    Jan 1st, 2013 1:38pm report

    I hear this as a dear Jon letter from Allan Lightman (or was it David) to the Jim Morrison of the internet that he would like his encyclopedia back...the one he made himself that obviously had a few leaks. *The electronic one (not the one on note cards).

    Of no interest,
    M. VoX*11


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    Sep 2nd, 2012 9:26am report

    People are strange speaks of everyone's struggle. Even if we share certain human qualities, we are essentially unique. We find ourselves feeling isolated, strange and misunderstood at times. We feel that our true worth is not fully acknowledged. The world seems unfair, gloomy and cold.


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    Feb 3rd, 2012 2:13am report

    Wow, everyone is really over-complicating this song lol.

    My favorite line is "women seem wicked when you're unwanted." So true. When you get dumped the reality is usually that they just weren't that into you, and it's nobody's fault, but in the moment it feels like they are cruel and evil for hurting you, right?

    "No one remembers your name" - when people don't understand you they just want to ignore you, because they can't wrap their heads around what you are.


    Andrey Andreata
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    Nov 5th, 2011 11:31am report

    I'm not sure when Jim wrote this, but I liked the 'suicide' point. This music comes to my mind when I really feel as a complete stranger to the world. In times of existencial crisis, nothing makes sense, turning you into the Stranger, like you don't belong to this world.

    So you take a walk, and observe people around you acting in completely strange way for you, because it really doesn't makes any sense, so they look 'ugly'. 'When you're alone', it's just because it seems you're the only one in a sea of people who has open eyes to see their strange behavior.

    It's a depressive mood. So that you can't even see atractiveness in women. This is so down and harsh to go through.

    That's what I think, it's expressing a feeling of a kind of existencial crisis, depicting a lone walk situation while experiencing that feeling.


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    Jan 12th, 2011 1:25pm report

    I think the song has to do with anxiety, paranoia and mainly depression all jumbled together to cause this odd feeling that makes you seem different from everyone else.


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    Dec 16th, 2010 12:39am report

    To be honest before reading anything, I always imagined "when your strange". Is meant to be when your in an altered state.


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    Sep 10th, 2010 9:16am report

    I think it isn't simply focused on acid,depression, or people but a realization made while tripping. The thoughts that swirl through your head give you a deeper understanding of everything. Ideas intertwine and discoveries can be made.I think his thoughts were all racing around the strange qualities of all humans and when he found that people were strange he was strange.If you've ever had an epiphany on psychedelics or understood the flow and truth in the world while strange the song makes even more sense. Before you tell me I'm wrong try acid, see my point of view and open The Doors of perception in you mind.


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    Mar 1st, 2010 3:58pm report

    From what I understand the song is actually about owing drug dealers money.

    -"People are strange, when you're a stranger, faces look ugly when you're alone" <--- Dealers don't want to do business with you when you owe them money.
    -"Women seem wicked when you're unwanted" <--- Drug chicks, when you're out and unable to pick up, want nothing to do with you.
    -"Streets are up even when you're down." <--- It sucks not being able to score.
    -"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...straaaaaaange." <--- People jump out of no where looking for what's owed to them, some refuse to deal with you again because you took so long repaying your debt.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    Oct 11th, 2009 10:48am report

    i think the songs about isolation from other people, and the feeling of being an outcast compared to the rest of society.
    im sure it could have other meanings and interpretations but the basic idea is one of social rejection.
    the song reminds me of a kind of 'lonely hero'-type character, which i think jim certainly was


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    Jul 26th, 2009 7:01pm report

    I think it is not so important whether it is written on acid or sober or whatever,it can be a feeling to anyone who is having that kind of state of mind,it is the question of existence,or maybe a day someone feels insecure or "small", simply one of very human emotions that for most of us is familiar.


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    Jan 16th, 2009 1:14am report

    sounds like it's about fame. the ugly side of fame. you can be on top of the world; everyone loves you. but one, one thing can change that and people turn "ugly". you see the cruel side of the world.


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    Aug 30th, 2008 8:17am report

    This is by far one of my fav doors songs....the song has nothing at all to do with drugs....Jim Morrison yeah was heavy into psychedelic...but he never used drug reference in his songs..his song were about love mostly death poetry an his family troubles as a kid....its amazing how little the human brain goes...you see 1 thing about about lyrics an you jump to drug use...so I'm guessing LIGHT MY FIRE is about marijuana??? NO...I mean yeah..."girl we couldn't get much higher"....or maybe they where having a real intense sexual experience......peace love and acid.


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    Jun 18th, 2008 6:21pm report

    I've always thought it to be about the comedown of drugs and the paranoia that people can experience. Having (unfortunately) experienced similar myself I can say the lyrics sum up the feeling brilliantly.

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