''In essence, 'Riders on the Storm' was a very filmic song about a serial killer. Jim was way ahead of his time in 1970, but he was pulled in two directions writing it. He didn’t want the song to be just about a killer hitchhiker. The last verse, ‘The world on you depends, our life will never end/You gotta love your man’ – it becomes a very spiritual song. You won’t still occupy this body, but the essential life will never end, and love is the answer to all things. It gives the song a different perspective. - Ray Manzarek
''Paul Rothchild taught us how to make records, but he could be quite dictatorial. He thought 'Riders on the Storm' sounded like cocktail jazz, but he didn’t really listen to the darker underbelly of the song – only the lighter lounge feel. Paul quitting depressed us at first, but we rallied round. Jim got empowered by the responsibility of making the record ourselves. He had to pull the vocals out of himself – that was the difference.'' - John Densmore
''There's a whisper voice on 'Riders on the Storm,' if you listen closely, a whispered overdub that Jim adds beneath his vocal. That's the last thing he ever did. An ephemeral, whispered overdub.'' - Ray Manzarek
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''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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