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The Doors: People Are Strange Meaning

Song Released: 1967


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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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    element4lifex8
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    May 20th, 2008 5:31pm report


    This song is written in a depressive mood, which seems to obviously show that Morrison was in fact depressed. But the fact that drugs and depression commonly go hand in hand also seems to make this a song speaking of both. This is just like any of Jimi Hendrix's sad songs, its just sad poetry from a depressed artist who enjoys using drugs too much. And I must say, the line about streets are up even when your down vividly reminds me of a time when I was driving while tripping....this song does make drug references!



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    anonymous
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    Mar 24th, 2008 3:17pm report


    I love this song because we are all strange, you, me,not just the faces in th rain.

    Try living in Douglas County in Oregon....Talk about strange, so many people do drugs they are all, well strange.

    Granted Jim Morrison did a lot of drugs, but he did know people, very well.

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    anonymous
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    Aug 19th, 2007 8:58pm report


    The song is written around the line 'When you're strange, people are strange'. This was the product of realization by Jim, when he spoke with a friend about his depression. He thought of the line, and wrote the song later that evening.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 26th, 2007 2:46pm report


    Anyone who has tripped on hallucinogenic drugs will know that is what this song is about. When you are tripping and in the rain you will tend to see faces.



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    bubbabigdick
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    Oct 17th, 2006 10:33pm report


    No way, dude, it is like, totally about, like, uh, what were we talking about? I don't remember. Man, I wish I had some . . Oh, yeah, drugs! It's all about, like, drugs, dude, and like, getting high and stuff. Whatever that song was we were talking about. It was all about drugs. All the songs everywhere are all about drugs. All is drugs, and like, drugs is all, man. Woah, that's like, so heavy, dude.

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    morechoiriel
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    Apr 29th, 2006 4:10pm report


    I think this song may actually have some reference to drugs, i.e. "when your strange" & "roads are uneven when your down" but I also think it is about being with people yet being alone at the same time.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 27th, 2006 4:37pm report


    Because sometimes, ya know, THEY ACTUALLY ARE.

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    anonymous
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    Apr 27th, 2006 4:36pm report


    Because sometimes, ya know, THEY ACTUALLY ARE.

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    mojorisin
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    Apr 3rd, 2006 4:22am report


    Why is it that everytime you people don't know what the song means, so it's GOTTA be about drugs, right???



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    anonymous
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    Feb 27th, 2006 2:46pm report


    This entire song is about tripping on a strong hallucinogen, people look strange when you are tripping, it also refers to faces coming out of the rain, which happens when you trip...it also says streets are uneven, jim is trying to explain how weird humans are, and how you can realize this by tripping on a strong hallucinogen



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    anonymous
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    Dec 6th, 2005 12:45am report


    It's about how strangers deal with you, and how you deal with strangers.

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    anonymous
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    Oct 25th, 2005 10:34pm report


    This is about loneliness and feeling isolated from other people.



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