Song Lyric Sunday | “Light My Fire” – Jose Feliciano

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “lights.”

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This is one of those rare times when I prefer a cover song to the original.

Light My Fire is a song by the Doors, recorded in August 1966 and released in January 1967. It spent three weeks in the number one spot.

In 1968, Puerto Rican artist, Jose Feliciano, released a cover that went all the way to number three on Billboard’s Hot 100 and caused popularity in the Doors’ version to rise again. The Doors’ version re-entered Billboard’s Hot 100 a second time, peaking at number eighty-seven.

Feliciano’s cover version won a 1969 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, the same year he won another Grammy for Best New Artist.

Both versions are good, Jose’s just appeals to me more. I’ve posted both so YOU can decide for yourself!

Enjoy!

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Light My Fire

by Jose Feliciano (1968)

by The Doors (1966)

Written by The Doors’ Robbie Krieger and credited to the entire band

You know that it would be untrue
You know that I would be a liar
If I was to say to you
Girl, we couldn’t get much higher

Come on baby, light my fire
Come on baby, light my fire
Try to set the night on fire

The time for hesitation’s through
There’s no time to wallow in the mire
Darling we could only lose
And our love become a funeral pyre

Come on baby, light my fire
Come on baby, light my fire
Try to set the night on fire

Well, you know that it would be untrue
And you know that I would be a liar
If I was to and tell you
Mama we couldn’t get much higher, yeah

Come on baby, light my fire
Come on baby, light my fire, yeah
Try to set the night on fire, yeah hey

Come on baby, light, light my fire, yeah
Come on baby, light my fire don’t you know it’s alright
Light my fire, light my fire, light my fire, oh
Light my fire, light my fire, light my fire, yeah girl

Girl you better light my fire, yeah
You better light, you better light, you better light my fire
And we’re gonna get much higher
Oh, come on girl, you know I love you girl
You know I need you babe, come on baby, light, light, light

Light my fire, light my fire, light my fire
Light my fire, light my fire, light my fire
Light, light, light, light, light, light, my, my fire
Light, light, light, light, light my fire girl
Well, light my fire girl

 

 

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  1. #1 by Brandewulf on April 8, 2018 - 8:23 am

    Great song and love you picked his version.

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  2. #3 by herheadache on April 8, 2018 - 10:10 am

    My brother used to love The Doors and so I am quite familiar with this song, but I was unaware of this cover’s existence. Interesting take on the original. Thanks for sharing.

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    • #4 by Felicia Denise on April 8, 2018 - 10:32 am

      I was six when the Doors’ version released and eight when Jose’s came out. The two years made a different. I remember his version better and actually thought HE recorded it first. Silly me! 😉 Still, both versions are great. Thanks for stopping by!

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      • #5 by herheadache on April 8, 2018 - 11:18 am

        I often enjoy the cover of the song better than its original. Timing can make all the difference.

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  3. #6 by A.C. Melody on April 8, 2018 - 12:03 pm

    Wow, I’d never heard the cover version before, but what a difference. Definitely has a Latin flare to it and sounds great with it! 🙂

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  4. #10 by ghostmmnc on April 8, 2018 - 4:15 pm

    The Doors version is what I’ve heard the most, and I’m pretty sure I’ve heard Jose Feliciano’s take on it before, too. I like them both! 🙂

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  5. #12 by Helen Vahdati on April 22, 2018 - 4:14 pm

    I hadn’t heard Jose Feliciano’s version of this song before, but I really does suit his style, doesn’t it? I think I prefer it more as well. Thanks so much for sharing!

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