"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 States 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.
Sometimes the title is listed as "Hello, I Love You (Won't You Tell Me Your Name?)" or "Hello, I Love You, Won't You Tell Me Your Name?" (the same title, only lacking the parentheses). The title that is printed depends on how early of a pressing the record is.
In the liner notes to The Doors Box set, Robby 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 Kinks "All Day and All of the Night". Instead, he said the song's vibe was taken from Cream's song "Sunshine of Your Love".
The last verse was written by Jim Morrison three years prior to the album recordings, while he was observing an attractive African American girl at Venice Beach.
"Sidewalk crouches at her feet
Like a dog that begs for...